Huawei P10 Unboxing and First Impressions

The Huawei P10 is Huawei’s latest and hottest smartphone. First announced in Mobile World Congress 2017 back in February, the availability of the Huawei P10 line-up, which consists of the regular P10, P10 Plus and P10 Lite in Malaysia was announced shortly after. The Huawei P10 that we got here will set you back at RM2499.

Unboxing

The split opening of the Huawei P10’s packaging is rare and different from other packaging out there.

The packaging of the Huawei P10 is unique and different from other devices. While it’s still in a classy white with silver printed words, the top cover is a rather cool split-opening type with magnets built in so its securely held together when its closed. The phone is nicely presented once the covers are opened. Below that you get a box which contains the usual documentations, a hard case and a SIM tray removal tool. The rest of the box contains the earphone, USB wall adapter and a USB-C cable.

First Impressions

The Huawei P10’s beautiful looking metal unibody.

At first glance, the design of the Huawei P10 definitely picked up where the previous P9 left off. It looks more premium with Huawei’s already-fantastic design language coupled with good choice of premium and solid materials.

The front look of the Huawei P10, which features a 2.5D glass and a 5.1-inch display.

Under the front glass with curved edges and a pre-applied screen protector is a 5.1-inch IPS-NEO display, with a resolution of 1080 X 1920 (Full HD). At around 432 pixels-per-inch, its sharp, colour is vibrant and towards the cooler side. Above the display is a 8-megapixel front facing camera, along with an earpiece, couple of sensors and an LED light. The fingerprint sensor is located towards the bottom, and it can also be used as usual Android navigation depending on whether on-screen Android navigation buttons are turned on or not.

The left is where the SIM tray is located, in which you’ll find 2 slots – a primary nano-SIM slot and a secondary nano-SIM or microSD card slot for storage expansion. The right is where the volume and power buttons live, and the power button has a red detail on its chamfered edges and a textured surface. A 3.5-mm headphone jack, a USB-C port, a microphone and a mono speaker are found at the bottom of the device.

The rear of the Huawei P10, with the dual-lens camera setup.

On the back, there are some design elements which are borrowed from its predecessor. It still features a dual-lens setup, which consist of a 20-megapixel and a 12-megapixel sensor. A dual-tone LED flash is conveniently located in the middle, and towards the right is where the Leica branding sits, all of which is covered by a layer of glass on top. There are antenna lines, but like the iPhone 7, its now the “hidden” type and is barely noticeable. One thing we’ve noticed is the metal back does easily pick up finger grease and sweats, and it can be a pain to get the metal body totally clean.

Specifications

On paper, the Huawei P10 looks good. It’s Huawei’s best selling line-up after all. It’s powered by an in-house developed Kirin 960 that is found in the Huawei Mate 9. While it is an octa-core unit, half of them are the primary cores which can peak at 2.4GHz. While all versions come with 4GB RAM, we do actually get the 64GB internal storage model as oppose to 32GB. Like the Mate 9, Android 7.0 Nought comes right out of the box, with Huawei’s EMUI 5 built-in, which is basically Huawei’s custom user interface. While the device does come in a huge range of colours at launch, the only colours we get here in Malaysia are Prestige Gold or Graphite Black, like our tester.

Stay tuned to MDROID.my for the full review!