2017 was projected to be the year of dual camera smartphones as the technology for mobile photography tends to change due to limited space in compact devices. Because of this, manufacturers went to a different approach in making the image quality better, dual cams. Basically the two cameras have different use and specifications, the main camera’s role is to take the whole image while the second one will be in-charge of getting the tiniest details of the subject and then upon pressing the shutter button the software will stitch the two images into one producing a more vibrant and clearer picture.
One of the first brands to produce dual cam smartphones is Huawei and right now we will review its flagship device in P10 Plus.
The P10 Plus is one of the best-looking phones out there, Huawei made a safe move by not imitating Samsung’s curved display with it’s all-metal clad design in a slim unibody with thinner screen bezels. At first glance I thought it was a 5.2-inch device but it was not. Personally, this may have been one of the most comfortable smartphones to hold in one hand, thanks to its rounded corners and curved edges, it doesn’t feel like it will slip off your hand, plus it doesn’t get any fingerprint smudges unlike other flagship phones.
They now placed the fingerprint scanner on the home button which works amazingly fast and accurate, I can even turn on the device with it without pressing the power button. On the left side is the dual SIM card tray that supports NANO sims only. You can use the sim 2 slot as a micro SD card reader that supports up to 256GB if the 128GB internal memory isn’t enough for you.
On the right side is where you can locate its power button and volume rockers. At the bottom part is 3.5mm audio jack which I think should be placed at the top instead because I have this habit of using my phone while slouching and the earphones at the bottom becomes a hindrances while using it. Next to it is a USB Type-C charging port that is capable of fast charging and its speaker grills for audio output.
Huawei P10 Plus’ camera is still co-engineered by Leica like its predecessor, with better optics and software, it produces one of the best images taken by a smartphone. For the rear camera is a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor while the other is a 12-megapixel RGB sensor. Here are some of the shots taken by the P10 Plus:
Images taken by this smartphone seems to have rich color saturation which is perfect for outdoors, for those who might think that the saturation and contrast is too much for auto mode, the P10 Plus has various modes to choose from, its camera software is easy to use and it even has its own watermark too. For video, it is capable of capturing Full HD at 60 FPS and 4K resolution at 30 FPS.
I noticed while taking a video for around 5 minutes the area around the camera sensor becomes warm, I hope an updated can fix this one up. For selfie junkies, this is also a device for you as Leica also tweaked its 8-megapixel f/1.9 aperture lens for taking better photos. You can also switch to portrait mode to give you a bokeh effect on your selfies.
For the display, Huawei finally upgraded their flagship into a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 WQHD screen resolution. From color balance to brightness nits, it is truly one of the best out there. Adding to its great display is its superb audio quality, you can definitely use it as a standalone speaker in your room too!
It uses its own brand of CPU in Kirin 960 octa-core processor under 16nm process. although it is not as powerful as the latest Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895, it can run all kinds of apps you throw in, plus the 6GB of RAM allows you to multitask seamlessly. For reference, its Snapdragon counterpart would be the SD821. I tried playing Injustice 2 with it, however during my first time of playing it I do noticed some lags but after that, everything seems to be perfectly just fine. Another observation with this processor is that it is not that power efficient unlike other SoC, I only get around 6-8 hours of use everyday and despite of its enormous 3,650mAh battery, because of this I still need to carry my power bank to get through the day. But of course a software update can still fix the issue, hopefully.
On top of the Android Nougat 7.0 is Huawei’s EMUI 5.1. It resembles the iOS in terms of look and design. I personally like the simplicity of its user interface. You can freely customize the themes and icons through its own pre-installed theme app. For the home button it has some cool gestures like swipe right to multitask, press and hold for a few seconds to put it in the home screen and press once to go back. At first I struggled a little bit but you have to get used with it for you to maximize the whole screen area but you can always enable the capacitive buttons on the screen if you don’t want to.
Overall the Huawei P10 Plus is the best Huawei smartphone out there, despite of its minimal flaws, its mobile photography is outstanding, I am definitely a fan of its Leica-powered rear and front cameras. In addition, it is priced at just P36,990.00 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage already!
- Superb camera for both rear and front
- Great design and easy to grip with one hand
- Audio quality is good
- 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage for under 40k
- Battery life is not what I expected from a 3,650mAh smartphone
- It gets warm after long internet usage