It’s still flagship Android phone season. Hot on the heels of HTC and Samsung, Huawei is launching its biggest and baddest Android Phone in Australia. The Huawei P10 is the company’s latest flagship device, scheduled to arrive here on 25 May 2017. Will the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus phablet find more homes and become the success the company hopes it’ll be? It’s an interesting question, as Huawei takes it to the big established players in the market.
While the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus can’t claim to have the hot chip of 2017, the Snapdragon 835, they come equipped with a Kirin 960 eight core processor. There’s also a Mali 971 GPU on board. The processor is actually exactly the same as the one which appeared in the Huawei P9, so technology upgrade enthusiasts need not apply. This, at first glance, seems to be a bit of a side grade in terms of hardware.
Other specifications include 4GB of RAM in the Huawei P10 with 64GB of internal storage, while the P10 Plus gets 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Both are pretty sizeable chunks of storage and RAM and compare well against the competition. Alas, because there’s not been a brain and heart transplant, the P10 and P10 Plus might find the opposition far stronger in performance.
One big upgrade to both devices are their cameras. Continuing in partnership with Leica, Huawei has installed F/1.9 aperture, 8 megapixel selfie cameras to both devices. The primary cameras now sport 12 megapixel colour and 20 megapixel monochrome sensors. The cameras are definitely an improvement on the P9’s units with a new type of 3D facial recognition technology incorporated into them. Huawei promises the P10 and P10 Plus will find and record faces much faster than before.
On launch in Australia, the Huawei P10 is expected to retail at AU$1,099, with wide availability on plans through Vodafone, Optus and Virgin Mobile. Vodafone will get an exclusive gold colour, with Optus getting a blue version. Only one other colour, black, is available. Could the Huawei P10 be your next phone? Perhaps if the price is right.