After months of speculations and leaks, Huawei has finally announced its brand new flagship smartphones: the P10 and P10 Plus. Naturally, the Chinese company’s latest and greatest devices yet are packing some impressive hardware. Not only are the P10 and P10 Plus equipped with improved Leica rear cameras, they also feature Leica front-facing cameras.
That’s right: the P10 and P10 Plus have Leica-branded front-facing shooters. According to Huawei, the new front camera can deliver great lowlight performance; it also has a f/1.9 aperture, which is a marked improvement over the standard P9’s f/2.4 aperture.
The rear camera of the Huawei P10 also got an upgrade. Although the dual-camera setup is the same 20MP monochrome sensor + 12MP RGB sensor found on the Huawei Mate 9 series, it received some nifty software upgrades. One of which is a new Leica Style Portraiture (basically, Portrait Mode), which uses “precise 3D facial detection” to deliver great-looking portrait shots.
Interestingly enough, the P10 Plus’ dual-camera system isn’t the same as the smaller P10: the former’s camera has a bigger f/1.8 aperture, which should deliver even better camera performance than the P10’s f/2.2 aperture. One of our main gripes with the P9 – and the Mate 9, in fact – is the small aperture, and it’s great to see that Huawei is addressing this shortcoming.
Other specifications of the P10 and P10 Plus are standard affairs for flagship smartphones. The P10 is equipped with a 5.1-inch 1080p IPS display, Huawei’s very capable HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a bigger 3,200mAh battery – the P9 only had a 3,000mAh cell – and EMUI 5.1 based on Android Nougat out of the box.
The P10 Plus, on the other hand, features higher-end internals. It has a sharper 5.5-inch 1440p IPS display, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, as well as a more sizeable 3,750mAh battery. Much like the P10, the P10 Plus also has a front-facing fingerprint sensor now.
Huawei has certainly unveiled two interesting flagship smartphones, and the company told us that the P10 and P10 Plus would carry rather competitive price tags too when it’s launched in Malaysia. But the European market, the P10 will go for 649 euro (about RM3,045), while the P10 Plus retails at 699 euro (approximately RM3,280) and 799 euro (around RM3,745) for the 64GB and 128GB models respectively.