Huawei’s P10 continues the journey of making high-end photography accessible at a mid-range price.
When does the Huawei P10 come out? Launching in Australia on 25 May 2017.
What’s new about the Huawei P10? Dual Lens Leica Camera, 5.2in display, Kirin processor
How much will the Huawei P10 cost? $899 outright or on contract
What is the Huawei P10?
That puts the Huawei P10 in an interesting position, because from a specifications point of view, it's very much the smaller sibling of the Huawei Mate 9. It features the same Kirin 960 processor, Full HD 5.1 inch display running Android 7.0 ("Nougat") with Huawei's own EMUI 5.1 launcher.
The Huawei P10 uses a twin lens Leica-developed F2.2 sensor which Huawei claims is particularly well suited to portrait photography. If selfies are more your thing, the front camera has an 8MP Leica sensor. Huawei will produce the Huawei P10 in a dazzling array of colours, but officially we'll only see the Blue, Black and Gold variants in Australia.
Huawei will also produce a plus-sized version of the Huawei P10, appropriately dubbed the Huawei P10 Plus, available only in Black in Australia for outright purchase.
Is the Huawei P10 powerful?
The Huawei P10 uses the same Kirin 960 processor as the Huawei Mate 9. When we tested the Mate 9, we found it to be an exceptionally capable handset for most Android tasks. The P10 should be able to match the Mate 9 in basic performance, although whether it will match it for battery life given its smaller frame remains to be seen.
Does the Huawei P10 have a good camera?
Huawei has really come a long way in camera terms, with the most notable spike being the introduction of its Leica lens-bearing P9 camera last year. The P10 essentially continues that journey, with a strong focus on portrait photography as a selling point. Like the P9 and Mate 9, you can also utilise the monochrome only lens on the rear of the P10 if moody black and white photography is your passion.
How do I charge the Huawei P10?
Like an increasing number of smartphones, both premium and mid-range, the Huawei P10 uses USB C charging. USB C provides a plug that can go in bidirectionally, which means you dodge the problem of microUSB connectors where there’s a "right" and "wrong" way to plug in a data or charging cable.
Is the Huawei P10 water resistant?
Huawei is yet to produce a phone with actual IP-rated water resistance. While the Huawei P10 should be able to survive small accidental splashes, it would be a bad idea to fully immerse it in any liquid.
When will the Huawei P10 be available in Australia?
Huawei will launch the Huawei P10 in Australia on 25 May 2017. That's also when the P10 Plus will go on sale in Australia.
How much will the Huawei P10 cost?
The Huawei P10 will cost marginally more than the Huawei P9 did when it launched in 2016. That handset sold for a very affordable and surprising $799, while the P10 will cost $899 outright when it launches here.
The Huawei P10 will also be offered by three contract carriers if you prefer to get your phones on contract. It will be available through Optus, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone from 25 May. All three carriers will offer the black model, while the blue handset will be exclusive to Optus and the Gold handset will be a Vodafone exclusive.
While Huawei does produce the P10 in a dual SIM configuration, the model supplied by Australian carriers will be a single-SIM enabled variant, with the second slot tray available only for microSD expansion purposes.
Huawei P10 Specifications
|Front Camera||8MP F1.9|
|Rear Camera||20MP monochrome/12MP Dual|
|Processor||Kirin 960 octa-core|