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The Huawei P10 Plus looks quite sim­i­lar to Ap­ple’s iPhone 7, with a sand­blasted matte alu­minum fin­ish. The sides and cor­ners are rounded, with a sub­tle cham­fered edge. On the rear, the dual cam­era con­fig­u­ra­tion sits un­der a glass strip at the top of the phone, and is per­fectly flush with the back of the phone.

The P10 Plus has a 5.5-inch QHD LCD dis­play. As a nice touch, the P10 Plus comes with a fac­tory-fit­ted plas­tic screen pro­tec­tor on top of the Go­rilla Glass panel.

Below the dis­play, there’s a fin­ger­print scan­ner that also dou­bles up as the phone’s nav­i­ga­tion keys. A soft tap takes you back by one step, while a long hold would bring you to the Home screen. Swip­ing side­ways will show you all your run­ning apps. It’s a dif­fer­ent ap­proach from the usual An­droid nav­i­ga­tion keys, but quite in­tu­itive and easy to use.

The stand­out fea­ture of the P10 Plus is its dual rear cam­era setup, which has been co-de­vel­oped with Ger­man cam­era mae­stros Le­ica. On the rear, you get one 12MP cam­era with an RGB sen­sor, and one 20MP cam­era with a mono­chrome sen­sor. Both cam­eras uti­lize a bright f/1.8 aper­ture lens and in­clude op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion, as well as phase de­tec­tion and laser aut­o­fo­cus. In us­age, the P10 Plus dis­plays good con­trol over color, and ac­cu­rate white bal­ance. Out­door shoot­ing is the P10 Plus’ strong­est suit, while its big­gest chal­lenge tends to be con­trast han­dling. There’s a new artis­tic mode that al­lows for dig­i­tally bokeh-ed shots, but the ar­ti­fi­cial halo that comes with the bokeh ef­fect can be a bit hit-or-miss. The Le­ica-like in­ter­face within the cam­era app also con­trib­utes to the pos­i­tive shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The P10 Plus runs on Huawei’s own HiSil­i­con Kirin 960 octa-core pro­ces­sor. Huawei has up­graded the SoC from last year’s 950 with ‘18 per­cent bet­ter CPU ef­fi­ciency and 40 per­cent bet­ter graph­ics per­for­mance’, al­though the over­all per­for­mance is still closer to a Snap­dragon 820 than that of a Snap­dragon 835. The P10 Plus uses a huge 3,750mAh and is com­pat­i­ble with Huawei’s own Su­per­Charge fast-charge tech­nol­ogy, which will get it to 50-per­cent charge in just 30 min­utes.

Unique mono­chrome/ RGB dual cam­era setup co-de­vel­oped by Le­ica. Older pro­ces­sor. Lacks stand­out fea­tures.

he s matte fin­ish rounded cor­ners and cham­fered edge re­minds us of an iPhone.

The P10’s new dual cam­era setup has been co-de­vel­oped with Le­ica.

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