HUAWEI WOW WITH THE P10

SmartHouse - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by Fer­gus Hal­l­i­day

There’s a of­ten long-winded way to say some­thing and a short, cleaner way to say it. So let’s cut to the chase: the P10 is hands-down the best smart­phone Huawei have brought to the Aus­tralian mar­ket thus far.

It's the rare smart­phone that ‘feels right' from the mo­ment you pick it up and one that de­liv­ers on all fronts.

This isn't to say the P10 is per­fect. Af­ter all, there's al­ways room for im­prove­ment and no such thing as a per­fect prod­uct. How­ever, in my opin­ion, it's a size­able leap for­ward for the brand and a wor­thy en­try into (and a com­pet­i­tive player within) the higher-end of the mar­ket (it un­der­cuts the Galaxy S8 by $300).

In de­sign, the P10 strikes a great bal­ance in echo­ing what you've seen work in other smart­phones and putting a unique stamp on things. The metal shell that cov­ers the back of the de­vice feels lav­ish to the touch and sur­pris­ingly re­silient to fin­ger­prints. There's a bar of glossy plas­tic that safety en­cases the cam­era, seal­ing it away from harm's way. It's one of many small but nice touches that keeps the P10 feel­ing like a clean and seam­less pack­age.

The only pickle here is the lack of wa­ter­proof­ing, which isn't ex­actly a deal­breaker but given the grow­ing ubiq­uity of the fea­ture, it's ab­sence feels noted in a flag­ship prod­uct like the P10. Re­gard­less, for us, this phone was love at first sight.

These strengths are built on and el­e­vated by the de­vice's specs. The P10 fields a gor­geous 5.1-inch QuadHD dis­play, Kirin 960 pro­ces­sor and 4GBs of RAM. Stor­age-wise, it comes with a lean 32GB of in­ter­nal data stor­age. How­ever, this can be buffered up via Mi­croSD.

It's loaded up with the lat­est ver­sion of An­droid Nougat and, like Huawei's re­cent GR5, it feels like the com­pany have done a great job of mar­ry­ing the hard­ware and soft­ware sides of the P10 to­gether. Given our past ex­pe­ri­ences with both the GR5 and Mate 9, this is all the more im­pres­sive.

As some­one who jumps from phone to phone, I of­ten found my­self tak­ing longer than usual to shift gears and ad­just with the way that Huawei's EMUI sets things out. This time, it clicked with me a whole lot quicker. As a re­sult, I found it much eas­ier to ap­pre­ci­ate the wide-rang­ing lev­els of cus­tomiza­tion on of­fer. It feels like every as­pect of the P10's soft­ware can be tin­kered with, ad­justed or dis­abled to your lik­ing.

Then there's the cam­era. The P10 packs the same dual lens cam­era found in the Mate 9 and P9. How­ever, this time, it brings Huawei's Le­ica-ap­proved smart­phone pho­tog­ra­phy to both the front and rear-fac­ing cam­eras. With the for­mer, the P10 fea­tures an f/1.9 aper­ture 8-megapixel shooter. The lat­ter com­bines the prow­ess of a 20-megapixel mono­chrome sen­sor with a 12-megapixel RBG one to pro­duce truly stel­lar re­sults.

The P10's cam­era also boasts hy­brid-zoom, op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, laser auto-fo­cus and a whole suite of pow­er­ful pho­tog­ra­phy and videog­ra­phy op­tions. It's not ex­actly go­ing to re­tire your GH5. How­ever, as far as smart­phone cam­eras go, it's def­i­nitely one of the best op­tions out there.

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