Huawei’s P10 Plus super-sizes Huawei’s already exceptional P10 with more power and an improved camera.
When does the Huawei P10 Plus come out? Launching in Australia on 25 May 2017
What’s new about the Huawei P10 Plus? Dual-lens Leica camera, 5.5-inch display, Kirin processor
How much will the Huawei P10 cost? $1,099 outright or on contract
What is the Huawei P10 Plus?
These days, many phone manufacturers produce a "plus" variant of their signature smartphone series and Huawei is no exception. The Huawei P10 Plus is essentially a super-sized version of its Huawei P10 phone, with a few tweaks afforded by its size and higher asking price.
It’s also oddly a direct competitor within the Huawei family to the existing Huawei Mate 9, as well as a successor to last year’s Huawei P9. The P9 also had a Plus variant but this never officially launched in Australia.
The P10 Plus runs on the same essential internal engine as the Huawei P10, using Huawei’s own in-house Kirin 960 processor. It does up the ante on RAM, shifting from the 4GB found on the P10 up to 6GB. Likewise, internal storage is doubled from 64GB to 128GB, not including any microSD cards you choose to drop into it.
The P10 Plus also sees a marked improvement in screen quality over the regular P10. Where that phone has a regular full HD display, the P10 Plus instead opts for a quad-HD (2560x1440) 5.5-inch display, putting it right up there with other flagship "plus" phones.
The Huawei P10 Plus runs on Google’s Android 7.0 ("Nougat") operating system with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 launcher over the top. As with other Android phones, you can substitute other launchers if that’s not to your taste.
The P10 Plus borrows a trick from Apple’s iPhone line in that the home button isn’t a physical button, but instead a solid plate with a tiny force feedback motor behind it to give the sensation of being pressed. Huawei takes this a step further with gestures that can use the button, which by default is just the fingerprint sensor, for home, back and app switching functions.
Like the P10, the Huawei P10 Plus uses a twin lens Leica-developed 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. Where the P10 Plus goes a little further is in aperture, as the rear lens on the P10 Plus is an f/1.8 sensor, where the P10 makes do with a f/2.2 sensor.
The Huawei P10 Plus is produced in a very wide array of colours but in Australia we’ll only officially see the black variant.
Is the Huawei P10 Plus powerful?
The P10 Plus runs on the Kirin 960 processor that also powers the regular P10 as well as Huawei’s Mate 9 handset. Our tests with the Mate 9 show that it’s a very capable processor, and matching that up with 6GB of RAM should lead to a very snappy device for most Android applications.
The one caveat here is that by matching it to a high-resolution display, Huawei is asking the processor to push a lot of pixels around at once. Still, the P10 Plus should hold its ground well against its competition.
Does the Huawei P10 Plus have a good camera?
The introduction of its partnership with Leica last year for the Huawei P9 marked a turning point for Huawei’s camera quality. The P10 Plus has the same essential dual lens rear array as found on the P10 and indeed the Mate 9, with one colour and one monochrome lens.
The P10 Plus pushes the envelope further with an f/1.8 aperture compared to the f/2.2 aperture on the regular P10. In this case, lower numbers are better as they indicate a wider aperture, letting more light in and enabling potentially superior low-light ability.
As with all of Huawei’s dual-lens cameras, you can use both lenses to create an automatically mixed photo, or use the monochrome lens for some sharp black and white photography as the mood suits you.
How do I charge the Huawei P10 Plus?
The Huawei P10 Plus uses the newer USB C charging standard, with a supplied cable and charger. USB C is handy in that the bidirectional nature of its plug means there’s no "wrong" way to plug the phone in, although it does mean that without an adapter you won’t be able to borrow power from a friend’s older microUSB-style charger.
Is the Huawei P10 Plus water resistant?
The Huawei P10 Plus isn’t specifically rated for water resistance, which means that in practical terms a small quantity of rain should flow off it, but any kind of actual submersion is not advised.
When will the Huawei P10 Plus be available in Australia?
Huawei will launch the Huawei P10 Plus in Australia on 25 May 2017, at the same time as the regular Huawei P10.
How much will the Huawei P10 Plus cost?
As the larger partner to the Huawei P10, the Huawei P10 Plus will carry with it a higher asking price.
It will be available in black only for $1,099 outright in a dual SIM configuration when it launches in Australia.
Huawei does not currently have any announced plans for carriers to offer the Huawei P10 Plus on contract, although the regular Huawei P10 will be offered on contract by Optus, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone.
Huawei P10 Plus Specifications
|Front Camera||8MP F1.9|
|Rear Camera||20MP monochrome/12MP Dual f/1.8|
|Processor||Kirin 960 octa-core|
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