Huawei launches P10 and P10 Plus in partnership with Leica, GoPro and Pantone

Huawei has gone the extra mile to create an impact with their new flagships, the P10 and P10 Plus

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Highlights

    • A dazzling 8-colour selection
    • Leica’s optics for front and rear cameras
    • 4K footage compressed in H.265 codec for smaller filesize

Huawei launched the P0 and P10 Plus at their conference held in Barcelona as part of the pre-MWC session. There are a number of similarotoes between the two phones announced today and the Huawei P9 which was announced on a similar stage.

To start with, this year we’re getting two phones as flagship instead of one. We have the P10,  which sports a 5.1 inch Full HD display, the company’s home-grown Kirin 960 processor and 4GB of RAM. The phone also comes with 64GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD card) and a 3200 mAh battery. Similar to its predecessor, the Huawei P10 sports dual cameras on the back. There is a 20 megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12 megapixel RGB colour sensor with an f/2.2 lens to compliment both the sensors.

The P10 Plus is a slightly larger has a 5.4 inch display with a resolution of 2560×1440, the same Kirin 960 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM. The P10 Plus also comes with a choice of 64GB or 128GB internal storage. When considering the primary cameras, the Huawei P10 Plus comes with the same sensors as those on the P10, however, the lens on the P10 Plus is a Leica SUMMILUX-H with an aperture of f/1.9. Huawei P10 Plus has another unique feature in addition to the new screen and wider apertures on the cameras. The handset supports the so-called 4.5G with 4 LTE antennas (4x4MIMO 600Mbps). There’s also a larger 3750 mAh battery to power all the new features.

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Both the phones share an 8 megapixel sensor on the front, with f/1.9 leica lens. What could be considered a first, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus record 4K video, but use the H.265 codec instead of H.264. In case you’re not up to date on your codecs, the H.265 codec allows for up to 50% data compression without a loss in visual fidelity. One challenge to shooting 4K video on smartphones has been the amount of space they eat up and looks like Huawei is solving this with the introduction of the H.265 codec. The H.265 codec is a fairly processor intensive codec, so we’d like to see just how well the Kirin 960 is able to keep up with the task of encoding video and just how much heat it generates in the process.

While one can debate whether the P10 and the P10 Plus will drive buyers into the Huawei camp, what we do see this year at MWC 2017 (besides the phones) is the staggering amount of partnerships Huawei has formed to create the P10 and the P10 Plus. Both, the P10 and the P10 Plus have been developed by Huawei in collaboration with Leica to be a “photographer friendly” camera system. To this end, both the phones offer an iPhone 7 Plus like portrait mode, where you can adjust the bokeh after taking the shot. There is also a collaboration with GoPro that provides a video highlights feature in the stock photos app on the phones. Another significant partnership yields the portfolio of colours the P10 and P10 Plus are available in. The company has partnered up with Pantone, the authority in colour schemas to give us a choice of eight colours; Ceramic White, Dazzling Blue, Dazzling Gold, Prestige Gold, Graphite Black, Mystic Silver, Rose Gold and Greenery. The phone also comes in three finishes, High Gloss, Sandblast and a unique finish Huawei calls the Hyper Diamond Cut finish.

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In terms of price and availably, The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are headed to the UK and other parts of Europe, with no word on when the phones would be coming to India or for how much. What we do know is that the Huawei P10 with 64GB storage is priced at EUR 649 (approx. Rs. 46,700), the P10 Plus 64Gb variant  will sell for EUR 699 (approx. Rs. 49,200) and the 128GB version is priced at EUR 799 (approx. Rs. 56,200).