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    February 27, 2017

    Huawei’s P10 and P10 Plus break cover with new Leica optics

    huawei p10 announced MWC

    Huawei has announced the P10 and P10 Plus; a flagship duo designed to iterate upon last year’s P9 with revised Leica optics in tow.

    We loved Huawei’s P9, and we can’t quite digest the fact that the Chinese company has already broken cover with two new flagship handsets that tip their hats to Apple’s product strategy; enter the P10 and P10 Plus, Huawei’s P-series flagship for 2017.

    Where the P9 was rectangular sported straight lines, the P9 is a curvier effort that introduces subtle, chamfered edges to the mix. While the P10 arrives in a 5.1″ form factor with a 1080p display, the P10 Plus accommodates a 5.5″ form factor with a WQHD resolution.

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    Internally, that amounts to a Kirin 960 processor powering the show, while Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 skin sits atop Android 7.0 Nougat. While the Plus benefits from 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the standard P10 gets 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage. Thankfully, both handsets have microSD support.

    Huawei’s signature feature – support for large batteries – remains, and, to that effect, the P10 will sport a 3,200mAh battery while the Plus model will carry a larger 3,750mAh unit.

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    Both units receive revised Leica optics, where the Plus benefits from a wider f/1.8 aperture when compared to the standard P10’s f/2.2. Both handsets have a 20-megapixel monochrome (black and white) sensor, while a 12-megapixel colour unit follows suit. Huawei have further moved to offer a Portrait Mode for low depth-of-field photography similar to the feature found on Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus.

    Another iOS-style change is the fact that the P10 moves its traditionally rear-facing fingerprint scanner to the front (in Samsung-style fashion), and will use Huawei’s deep learning to accelerate the performance of apps over time to prevent system slow-down.

    The P10 will retail for $685 USD, while the P10 Plus will accordingly ship for $738 USD – making both devices some of the most expensive hardware Huawei has ever produced.

    Read: Chinese manufacturers Huawei, Oppo, and BK Communication show explosive global sales growth

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