Drum roll, please: the new Huawei P10 and P10+ plus have arrived at Mobile World Congress. And they're seriously amazing, thanks to dual Leica camera action, impressive battery power and easier-than-ever navigation options. Read on to find out why we're so excited to be stocking this new Huawei design in stores soon...
If you’d hung around the MNAC gardens in Barcelona this Sunday, you’d be forgiven for thinking there was a One Direction concert going on, thanks to the swarming crowds, huge snaking queues and a vibe of general hysteria. Look a little closer, however, and you’ll realise it’s not teenage girls, but just a load of millennials frothing at the mouth at the chance to see the latest flagship device from Huawei, the Huawei P10.
And these people have a pretty good reason to be excited. The Huawei P10 and P10+ are seriously exciting handsets. As the queue edged towards the bespoke geometric dome, hushed rumours about state-of-the-art cameras and new colourways spread through the clusters of conversations. And Huawei did not disappoint.
Here’s everything you need to know about the latest device from one of mobile’s most exciting brands…
The Huawei P10 was built for a specific audience – an artistic community who value personalisation, finesse and a clean, modern aesthetic. The single pane of Gorilla Glass 5 that’s used for the screen adds a brilliant mix of clarity and durability, but it’s the hyper diamond-cut metal finish on the back that got us feeling giddy.
Deliciously tactile, the fingerprint-proof non-slip metal shimmers in the light, showing off the depth of the black colourway – or the shimmering subtlety of the dazzling gold – both of which will be stocked by us this spring, hurrah!
It’s a feat of perfect engineering. Each colour-way also has its own personalised theme, and something that may excite the colourful amongst you will be a Pantone partnership. Yep, Leatrice Eiseman (y’know – the executive director of Pantone) showed up to talk about using the 2017 Colour of the Year, Greenery, on the phone. It’s a nice light, leafy green, but we definitely prefer the gold… although maybe we’re biased 😉
One thing you can say about Huawei – they are not afraid to change the game. Using cutting-edge technology to determine the subtle difference between finger motions, the home button has turned into a fingerprint sensor and navigation bar. Long press on the button and it’ll take you to your home screen. A short press takes you back. A swipe takes you to your most recently used page or app. Learn the moves and you’ll save heaps of time, and we reckon after 20 mins of playing around, it’ll feel like second nature. A nifty language, just for your thumbs.
A couple of other cool features we saw included ‘Highlights’ – a concept that was co-developed with GoPro. This helps you rediscover your memories, so they don’t just sit on your phone – unused and unloved. Smart grouping allows you to find event and people-based photos and it will also create auto-generated video stories that you can share with friends and family.
Also, and this is more helpful than it sounds – they’ve actually made the calendar insanely useful. Consolidate your activities in one place and seamlessly manage them with breathtaking precision and personalisation. It might be an app you actually click into, finally.
Holy moly, does this phone come with some serious tech. The Kirin 960 chip – which you might recognise from the Mate 9 – has come with hella upgrades.
A savvy Machine Learning Algorithm allows for two new features: Ultra Memory and Ultra Response. The former learns how you use your phone and manages your memory and storage accordingly. The latter includes a custom-built touch driver that can actually forecast where your finger is moving to create an exceptionally fluid and fast user experience. The best thing is that it’s designed to “stay fast, even after 18 months” – which means no clunky loading times as you get to the end of your contract, the Huawei P10 is meant to last.
You’ll also get a 3750 Mah battery on the P10+ (3200 on the P10) which charges in fewer than two hours.
A Camera For The Ages
Huawei’s partnership with Leica has really set the bar for camera quality across smartphones, and the two (bumpless, for you minimalists!) Leica lenses you’ll find on the back of the P10 are, as expected, better than we’ve ever seen.
Aside from the 4K video, the monochrome lens is an impressive 20 megapixels, with the wide aperture we enjoyed on the Mate 9, and is paired with a 12-megapixel RGB lens to bring that splash of intense colour.
For the first time ever, a Huawei phone also features an 8-megapixel Leica camera on the front. Get ready for some beautifully crafted and visually unique selfies.
When we caught up with the Head of Portfolio for Europe, he said: “I have spoken to many photographers, and we’ve found that, on average, 70% of photos that people take are portraits.”
It’s this unique insight that has fed into yet another one of their hero features: a (somewhat familiar sounding?) portrait mode.
If you feel like taking a snap of your significant other, tap on an icon at the top of the screen to enable. It uses 3D facial detection, and the two cameras to create a better depth of field and a pleasing blurry background, adjusting the focus of your subject to a truly professional degree, in a soft, natural light.
A slider will also appear at the bottom of the camera to increase or decrease a softening ‘beauty mode.’ Basically, you will become the designated photographer of any occasion, and you’ll love it.