Huawei’s P10 continues the journey of making high-end photography accessible at a mid-range price.
When does the Huawei P10 come out? Expected to launch May/June 2017.
What’s new about the Huawei P10? Dual Lens Leica Camera, 5.2in display, Kirin processor
How much will the Huawei P10 cost? Expected to sell at a high mid-range price
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 5.5 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, although it's unlikely that we will see every colour variant launch in Australia. Huawei will also produce a plus-sized version of the Huawei P10, appropriately dubbed the Huawei P10 Plus, but again we may not see that version launch here.
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 expects the P10 to be available in the May/June 2017 timeframe in Australia
We never officially saw the Plus model of the P9 in Australia, but it’s feasible with the success of the regular model Huawei may launch the larger P10 Plus here. There's no word to indicate that this will happen yet, however.
How much will the Huawei P10 cost?
Huawei brought the P9 to the Australian market at the surprisingly affordable price point of $799 outright. The Mate 9 costs $999 outright. While there's no sign of specific Australian pricing, the P10 will cost 649 Euro, which should equate to around $910 before tax. That suggests that the P10 might cost the same $999 as the Mate 9, which would be an interesting positioning play on Huawei's part.
Huawei was able to get carriers to range the P9, so the P10 may well be available under contract, although you can pretty much predict that it will only be in a single-SIM configuration with Australian carriers. If you want dual-SIM, you'll have to buy one outright.
Huawei P10 Specifications
|Front Camera||8MP F1.9|
|Rear Camera||20MP monochrome/12MP Dual|
|Processor||Kirin 960 octa-core|