Huawei P10 Lite First Impressions

The Huawei P10 Lite is the cheapest offering from Huawei’s latest P10 line-up, which was launched along with P10 siblings back in early of the year. The cheapest offering of the Huawei P10 line-up will set you back at RM1299.

First Impressions

The Huawei P10 Lite definitely stands out among its other siblings. For starters, it features a completely different design than the P10 and P10 Plus. Even though utilises older Huawei’s design language, but on the P10 Lite, it still looks and feels fresh and premium. Choice of materials are nice too for this price range, with premium feeling glass up front and back, along with metal sides. It does still feel premium, but differently from its other siblings.

Being an entry level device in the P10 line-up, the screen on the Huawei P10 Lite is slightly larger than the more expensive P10 even though not by much. The 5.2-inch display on the P10 Lite is 0.1-inch larger than the P10’s 5.1-inch, and it packs the same Full HD (1080 X 1920) resolution, which resulted in a slightly lower pixel density reading at 424 pixels-per-inch. The display panel used in LTPS IPS LCD panel instead of the IPS-NEO panel in the other siblings. The front-facing 8-megapixel camera is located on the top left, along with some sensors, an earpiece and a LED notification light. Since there are no hardware Android controls, the only choice you get is on-screen Android controls, and the bottom only leaves space for the Huawei branding.

The SIM tray is located on the left, and like most other phones, it had to be removed using the included SIM tray removal tool. In it sits 2 slots, where the primary slot is where you’d insert your nano-SIM card, and the other slot either takes a nano-SIM card for dual-SIM functionality or microSD card for storage expansion. So if you think the 32GB internal storage is not enough, you have to give up on dual-SIM functionality. The power and volume buttons are conveniently located on the right.

The earphone jack sits on the top of the device, which leaves room at the bottom for the microUSB port and the single mono speaker. Instead of the USB-C port found on the more expensive siblings, Huawei opted for microUSB for the P10 Lite.

In our opinion, while its rather obvious that the P10 Lite features Huawei’s older design language and looks rather plain especially sitting beside its similarly-priced rivals, it still looks mature, and when compared to the metal back of the P10 and P10 Plus, the glass surface looks better most of the time, especially when it did not show up too much finger greases especially on our gold colour device. There’s nothing too much going on in the back as well, with only a single-LED flash weirdly located on the left of the 12-megapixel camera lens on the top left of the back, a fingerprint reader with matte surface located in the middle and another Huawei branding at the bottom. Since Leica does not have anything to do with this device, there’s no Leica branding either.

Specs and Performance

The Huawei P10 Lite packs mid-range specifications rather than flagship specifications like on its other siblings. A HiSilicone Kirin 658 dedicated for mid-range devices is being used instead of the top of the line Kirin 960. But it still packs a punch, with 8 cores and up to 2.1GHz clock speed for its primary cores. The same 4GB RAM is also offered, but as for storage, only a 32GB internal storage configuration is available, with options of external microSD card storage up to 256GB. Even though this is a mid-range device, it does come with Android 7.0 Nougat, with Huawei’s EMUI 5.0 custom user interface, even though on our device it seems to show Android 4.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and EMUI 2.0 (come on Huawei, get your things together). 4 colours are offered for the P10 Lite – Graphite Black, Sapphire Blue, Pearl White and Platinum Gold.

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