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Huawei P10 Plus

Huawei P10 Plus Review | Liking The Leica

In just seven short years Huawei has carved out quite a name for itself in the smartphone industry. From the release of their first model in 2010, each iteration in this journey has led to their newest model; the P10 Plus. Boasting one of the best mobile cameras on the market and an equally sleek aesthetic, we recently spent the day testing out Huawei’s young flagship.

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Design

Undoubtedly, the first thing we noticed about the P10 Plus was the way it felt to hold. Weighing a relatively light 165g, the phone is still solid with a premium edge and hyper diamond-cut finish. Having spent a lot of the day in our hands, its 5.5-inch screen was a comfortable fit. Speaking of the screen, the pre-installed protector was a convenient touch. Nobody likes scratches, so not having to worry about purchasing a protective film came as a pleasant surprise. It also came with a complementary case, which was an added bonus considering it’s the first time we’ve come across a case as standard. This made handling the phone far safer and less nerve-racking.
Huawei P10 Plus Review | Liking the Leica

On the phone’s left side are a unified microSD and SIM slot. The volume rocker and power button sit on the right side, while the USB-C port and headphone jack are neatly tucked away at the bottom of the device. The fingerprint scanner is positioned in the centre below the screen and looks very much like a home button, although it is not. Overall, we really liked the clean and minimal design.

Flipping to the back of the phone reveals the dual lenses produced by revered camera company Leica. Huawei is a relative newcomer in the smartphone market, so their continued collaboration with such a reputable partner is quite a feat.

Huawei P10 Plus Review | Liking the Leica

Usability

Having already heard reports of the phone’s exceptional speed, we were keen to see this for ourselves. Whether touching up shots with editing software or filming video content, we had heavier apps running throughout the day.

Switching in between these apps felt smooth and at no point did we experience lagging. This is largely due to a powerful Kirin 960 Processor that has been designed to operate at speed. The P10 Plus also runs Android Nougat 7.0, maintaining a simple yet aesthetically pleasing user interface.Huawei P10 Plus Review | Liking the Leica

Leica Dual Lenses

Receiving a DXO Mark rating of 87, the Leica lenses are certainly up there in regards to image quality. The first of the two is a monochrome lens, which is optimised for black and white photography. The daytime photos we shot in this mode were crisp, with the 20MP sensor bringing out a great amount of detail.

Huawei P10 Plus Review | Liking the Leica

The second of the two is a 12MP RGB lens. Now featuring an f/1.8 aperture, this shooting mode produced well-exposed colours during both the day and night. The additional light from a wider aperture also provided a naturally blurred background to bring closer subject matter to life. The camera combines with in-built software enhancements for a nice bokeh effect. The camera produced surprisingly sharp photos in low light and night time situations as demonstrated by the next two images, which are taken straight from the phone without editing.

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A big part of what makes operating the P10 Plus camera intriguing are the widely adjustable camera settings. ISO, shutter speed, aperture, focus and white balance can all be controlled from the phone, mimicking some of the functions of an SLR camera. Being afforded this level of quality and freedom from the phone’s camera was a refreshing experience.

Huawei P10 Plus Review | Liking the Leica

The Wrap-Up – Huawei P10 Plus Review

With a simple yet inviting design along with an immersive camera platform, this phone is a great example of why Huawei has garnered a loyal following in a short amount of time. While the P10 Plus won’t totally replace your SLR, its breadth of camera features makes it one of the most impressive mobile options available today.

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