Huawei P10 Lite review
Style meets performance
Over the last couple of weeks we have published a few Huawei phones reviews, so let’s start by quickly clarifying which would be the right choice for you.
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The Huawei P10 has a hefty price tag at from £29pm and for this you get the Leica Dual Camera, which isn’t featured on the Huawei P10 Lite. If you want a dual camera at a more affordable price, then the Huawei Honor 6X is an option at £15pm, but you will sacrifice in not having the latest version of the Android OS.
So, if the dual camera isn’t something that you are too fussed about, then go for the Huawei P10 Lite and this will be a choice that will be well rewarded.
So, let’s get on with our Huawei P10 Lite UK review:
The design quality of the Huawei P10 Lite really is at the highest level. The diamond cut metal frame is sided on the front and back by smooth 2.5D curved glass. The glass has a 7H hardness and this is equivalent to the hardness of quartz.
The Sapphire Blue version of the P10 Lite has a back face that has a rippling effect, inspired by water. On all colours, the aluminium and magnesium body has undergone a CNC process that makes it stronger and more durable. An anodic oxidation process prevents scratches and adds brightness, while ceramic blasting adds texture.
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There are three colour choices with Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black and Platinum Gold. The weight of 146g and thickness of 7.2mm are definitely in the Goldilocks zone.
The 5.2” Full HD display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels but more interestingly there is a wider gamut RGB colour scheme that adds 21 percent more colour. In the evening, eye strain can be avoided by switching on the Eye Comfort Mode.
The Huawei P10 Lite has a Kirin 658 octa-core 2.1GHz processor with 3GB RAM and this really is a cracking processor with high speeds and low battery consumption.
Phone Set Up
The Huawei P10 Lite is easy to set up and you can transfer content over from an old phone by using the HiSuite or Huawei Share software, or through a number of other methods. The internal memory is set at a healthy 32GB.
Security can be set up with the fingerprint sensor, located on the back of the phone. Fingerprint recognition is fast at 0.3 seconds and can be used to access the secure Safe or to add an App Lock to individual apps.
The EMUI 5.1 user interface is faster than previous versions and Huawei has an exclusive partnership with Google. Together they have worked to make the Android 7.0 Nougat OS cleaner and simpler to use, with most common functions at no more than three clicks away.
Huawei has added many features that are well worth exploring. These features includes Knuckle Sense Technology and this appears on a Lite model for the first time. Here, a variety of knuckle taps and motions allow you to access shortcuts, record the screen or capture screenshots.
With Huawei P10 Lite you can also open apps in Split Screen Mode, enjoy new wallpapers with Magazine Unlock, pin important messages to the top of the list or run the phone in a smaller One-handed UI.
The App Twin feature is pretty handy for those who have multiple Facebook and WhatsApp accounts, allowing you to remain logged in to both at the same time. Other apps of note includes the Calendar, Notepad and Virus Scan apps.
Camera & Video
The 12MP camera works well and the large 1.25μm pixel size allows the camera to capture 20 percent more light, under low light conditions. Phase Detect Auto Focus is fast at 0.3 seconds and Continuous Auto Focus keeps the shot clear as subjects move around.
Shooting modes on the Huawei P10 Lite includes Burst Shooting, Audio Controlled Shooting, Slow Motion, Time Lapse and Ultra Snapshot, where a double press of the volume key takes a photo when the screen is off.
8MP selfie camera
The 8MP selfie camera has a Portrait Mode where facial recognition technology works to capture aesthetic photos with a natural bokeh (blurred background) effect. You can also use Perfect Selfie Mode on the Huawei P10 Lite so that you beautification preferences are added automatically, whenever your face is in the shot.
The 3,000mAh battery is supplied along with an 18W fast charger and the combination is certainly impressive. Just 10 minutes of charge will allow you to play 2 hours of video, while 30 minutes will charge the battery to 43 percent and 97 minutes will give a complete charge.
The 5-level safety design gives piece of mind, while Smart Power-Saving 5.0 technology lowers power consumption and optimises app usage. You can extend the usage times further in a number of creative ways, such as by reducing the screen resolution.
Next: Huawei Honor 6X review
Written by: Michael Brown