The Huawei P10 was a tantalising proposition. The Chinese electronics giant promised a lot: a smartphone that could match it with the most expensive brands on the market but at a price well below $1000.
Many have tried, but most of the offerings in that price range have been disappointing.
Queue the P10.
Techly has already explained how Huawei’s flagship phone boasts arguably the best camera on the market, so I won’t go into that too much, but it’s certainly worth checking out to see how it stacks up against the competition.
For the spec-heads out there, the P10 has a 5.1-inch, 1920×1080 LCD display, a Kirin 960 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM and up to 320GB of storage (it comes with 64GB but you can chuck in a bonus 256GB through a microSD slot.)
If those numbers are mostly gibberish to you, don’t worry. Here’s all you need to know.
The battery life is sheer insanity
My favourite feature of the P10 is the 3,750mAh battery with freaking all-day life.
With phones being so utterly central to our lives now (those dank memes sure as hell aren’t going to view themselves), it’s madness to me that we’re only just now getting 18-hour battery life.
Moving from my old phone, the freedom and lack of worry about having to carefully ration out my phone battery has been huge.
Most days I wake up at 7 am, and by the time I’ve gone to the gym after work, lifted one kind of heavy thing, lost motivation and gone home, it’s about 9 pm.
In all that time and after all that battery-intensive Snapchatting of myself at said gym, I still find I have plenty of battery life to spare.
Plus, the relief of unlocking your phone at 3 am on a Saturday and seeing you still have enough juice to get an Uber home cannot be overstated.
It’s fast as hell
In the immortal words of that girl from that video, “Ain’t nobody got time for that”. Truly, the voice of a generation.
The Kirin 960 CPU was lightning fast. I could load up hella tabs, have unnecessarily large video group chats, and stream Netflix without any hesitation from the P10.
Also, after almost five months, it was still ticking along beautifully.
It’s the little things that count
Handy little features that make your life just a little bit more luxurious are always a nice touch.
The fingerprint scanner means you have almost instant access to your phone every time you pick it up. This sounds like a small thing, but it all adds up – an extra three seconds every time can add up to over six hours a year.
Thoughtful additions to the functionality are also really handy.
A quick press of the scanner works as a ‘Back’ command, and a long press takes you back to the home screen. You can also swipe sideways to get the Apps Overview screen.
Small, time-saving things like this mean just a bit less thought and movement when you use your phone.
Like I said, it’s the little things.
That price though
For a genuinely premium, market-leading phone like the P10, the price is outstanding. The RRP $899 Huawei P10 and RRP $1099 P10 Plus offer impressive value.
Watch out Australia, Huawei is making some serious moves.