Huawei P10 Plus Unboxing And First Impressions
Huawei P10 Plus Specs
Disclaimer: This is a borrowed unit from Huawei Philippines for testing and unbiased review.
Unboxing / Accessories
|Everything inside the box|
Then it includes the new flagship packaging from the brand which includes the 5A Super Charge USB Charger, USB Type C data / charging cables, earbuds w/ microphone, clear case, and SIM ejector tool.
You'll also get the usual paper documentations and warranty card.
Build Quality / Design
|Leica Dual Camera 2.0 Pro Edition at the back|
The P10 series are the first smartphones in the world to boast the hyper diamond-cut finishing for added strength, color, and prevent scratches. It comes in high gloss or sandblast type of texture. For our review unit, we got the one with high gloss style.
As usual, craftsmanship is flagship grade!
Like the P9, the P10 Plus still comes with the mostly metal frame, curved glass plate on the dual camera part, and a Gorilla Glass 5 protected 2.5D curved screen on top. The metal power button is also textured w/ Leica red accent. The fingerprint scanner that's now in front is under the Glass as well. Also, it has IPX3 rating for water splash resistance.
It's flagship grade and sturdy overall. Both the hyper diamond-cut finish and the addition of Gorilla Glass 5 protection should also prevent occasional hairline scratches. However, the back plate of the high gloss model is prone to fingerprint smudges unlike the sandblasted variant.
|IR Blaster on top|
|3.5 mm jack, USB Type C port, mic, and speaker below|
|Hybrid SIM slot at left|
|Textured power button and volume rocker at right|
Looking at the design, the antenna bands and curves reminds us of the Apple iPhone 7 series and the Vivo V5 Plus. It differs in the slimness of screen bezel, shape of fingerprint scanner, textured power button, and curved glass camera plate. It looks very good, but not as flashy as the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 series.
The phone is also quite slim at 6.98 mm and not that heavy at 165 g. As a result, you'll get a highly comfortable hold of the device.
Note: The high gloss model is slippery. The sandblasted variant provides better grip.
2. It's still equipped with the proven Kirin 960 chip w/ Mali G71 graphics that's also found with the Mate 9. But, Huawei increased its RAM size to 6 GB and storage to 128 GB (expandable). Currently, that's the largest RAM and ROM capacity found on competing mainstream flagship phones. The addition 4.5G quad band antenna design for better signal reception and Super Charge 5A charging are cool as well.
3. The company also updated the OS of this device. It's now running on the more refined Android 7.0 Nougat w/ EMUI 5.1 skin.
4. This is the first Huawei handset to load with Leica Dual Camera 2.0 Pro Edition Summilux sensors. If you are familiar with Leica lenses, Summilux is one of the higher-end versions. It's normally found on very expensive cameras. In front, it has a Leica powered 8 MP f/1.9 aperture w/ wide angle lens, AF, and screen flash. On the software part, bokeh in monochrome mode is now possible, Leica style portraiture (back and front) is now possible, and it has an impressive adaptive selfie w/ auto wide angle for perfect framing.
5. OTG works and LED notification is present. The fingerprint placement is weird coming from P9, but it's very fast and accurate. Talking about that weirdness, our favorite scrolling feature from the P9 series and Mate 9 are gone.
Related: Huawei P10 Plus: First Camera Samples
As of the moment
There's a very good chance that the Huawei P10 Plus will live up to the hype. It's highly impressive on first look and we find its cameras top notch. This could be on par or even better than most of the higher-end flagship smartphones out there.
Stay tuned for our full review!