Huawei P10 and P10 Plus available in the UAE from Dh1,899

Huawei's partnership with Leica continues to reap excellent camera-centric smartphones

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Huawei offers a great set of color choices for consumers

Huawei is slowly becoming a force to reckon with in the world of smartphones. Here at #GNTECH, the Mate 9 Pro is still one of our favourite smartphones. During MWC 2017 this year, the company launched the P10 and P10 Plus.

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The Huawei P10 is now out in Dubai

Huawei P10 specifications

  • Processor: 2.4Ghz octa-core Kirin 960
  • Display: 5.1-inch Full HD IPS Neo Display
  • RAM/Storage: 4GB/32GB or 64GB, expandable to 256GB via microSD
  • Camera: Leica-powered dual 20MP + 12MP camera set-up, f/2.2, OIS, PDAF 
  • Security: Fingerprint reader on the front
  • Battery: 3,200mAh, non-removable
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat (EMUI 5.1)
  • Colours: Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Graphite Black, Dazzling Gold, Dazzling Blue and Greenery

Huawei P10 Plus specifications

  • Processor: 2.4Ghz octa-core Kirin 960
  • Display: 5.5-inch QHD IPS Neo Display
  • RAM/Storage: 4GB/64GB or 6GB/128GB, expandable to 256GB via microSD
  • Camera: Leica-powered dual 20MP + 12MP camera set-up, f/1.8, OIS, PDAF 
  • Security: Fingerprint reader on the front
  • Battery: 3,750mAh, non-removable
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat (EMUI 5.1)
  • Colours: Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Graphite Black, Dazzling Gold, Dazzling Blue and Greenery

Both devices at a glance

We had the opportunity to check out the devices at MWC 2017 in Barcelona as well as in Dubai at the launch yesterday.

The Huawei P10 and P10 launch at The Studio, Dubai

Body and feel

While the spec sheets above are certainly power-packed, the devices don’t have particularly imaginatively designed bodies. That doesn’t mean their build is poor by any means – they have all-metal uni-bodies with great finishing – but they’re nothing compared to the new Samsung S8 or LG G6 in the looks department.

Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 is functionally smooth but remains very 2015. That’s not really since this is Android. It shouldn’t take you more than five minutes to change that to your preference. Also, the devices will come with themes to match the colour of the device you purchased.

Camera

The Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro’s cameras were great, thanks to Huawei’s partnership with Leica. The P10 and P10 Plus come with the second brainchild of that partnership. The P10 comes with the Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 and the P10 Plus comes with Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 Pro Edition.

Huawei P10 Plus
Both lenses on the P10 Plus have a f/1.8 aperture but different sensors; the 20MP monochrome sensor is built to draw in light and detail, while the 12MP colour one focuses on colour reproduction

While the cameras can be discussed in our upcoming reviews of the devices, we did get to play with the camera’s new Portraiture Mode. The devices are able to create stunning “DSLR-like” portraits in this mode. Get ready for a whole lot of new Facebook profile pictures, people.

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Pricing and availability

The Huawei P10 is available at Dh1,899 and the P10 Plus is Dh2,599 from tomorrow at select retails outlets across the UAE. Both devices both come with a three-month screen damage warranty service offer available at Huawei Service centres across the UAE. They also come with a one-year standard warranty and additional services such as free engraving and free pick-up and delivery service.