Huawei P10 Review: The Mini-Mate: Display, Battery Life, Connectivity

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Display

The Huawei P10 packs a 5.1" IPS-NEO Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel by JDI, a 0.1" smaller than the P9's display. The resolution stays the same at 1080p, but the pixel density rises up to 432ppi. The pixel density of 432ppi is more than enough for achieving an excellent imprint in sharpness.

The Huawei P10 classy screen is protected by a piece of Gorilla Glass 5 with 2.5D edges, which should be enough to prevent any scratches. Some markets may be getting the P10 with an additional pre-applied classy screen protector, as was the case with our unit.


Huawei has promised a maximum brightness of 600 nits for the P10's screen, and our test found that the company has delivered on its promise. The IPS NEO classy screen panel is supposed to offer deeper blacks than usual. In this regard, we've seen better but the P10 is up there with the best. The contrast is excellent as well at 1423:1.

Display test

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Huawei P10 0.416 592 1423

Huawei P9 0.46 500 1094

Huawei P9 Plus 0.00 400 ∞

Huawei Mate 9 0.41 665 1622

Apple iPhone 7 0.35 561 1603

Apple iPhone 7 (max auto) 0.40 656 1640

Samsung Galaxy S7 0.00 391 ∞

Samsung Galaxy S7 max auto 0.00 563 ∞

HTC 10 0.29 428 1543

OnePlus 3T 0 447 ∞

Regarding color reproduction accuracy, the P10 classy screen is less than stellar with an average deviation (DeltaE) of 6.5. Some of the colors are a bit colder (blueish) than they should be, and you can achieve better color accuracy (DeltaE of 4.8) by opting for the Warm color tone from the P10's Settings menu.

The P10's display demonstrated remarkable potential for outdoor utilize in our sunlight legibility test. A score of 3.379 is a very fine achievement for an Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel and emphasizes a strong point of the IPS NEO tech.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    4.439

  • OnePlus 3

    4.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    4.376

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7

    4.247

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • OnePlus 3T

    4.232

  • Google Pixel XL

    4.164

  • ZTE Axon 7

    4.154

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    4.019

  • OnePlus X

    3.983

  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite

    3.983

  • Apple iPhone 7

    3.964

  • Oppo R7s

    3.964

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    3.956

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    3.935

  • Lenovo Moto Z

    3.931

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    3.918

  • Samsung Galaxy C5

    3.911

  • Samsung Galaxy C7

    3.896

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor

    3.873

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    3.817

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

    3.804

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.802

  • LG V20 Max auto

    3.798

  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro

    3.798

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    3.795

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    3.789

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Microsoft Lumia 650

    3.772

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

    3.756

  • Oppo F1 Plus

    3.709

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    3.694

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    3.688

  • Apple iPhone SE

    3.681

  • Huawei Mate 9

    3.68

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    3.679

  • Meizu PRO 6

    3.659

  • BlackBerry Priv

    3.645

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3.588

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Motorola Moto Z Play

    3.526

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

    3.523

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.523

  • Acer Jade Primo

    3.521

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    3.512

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • nubia Z11

    3.466

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • LG V20

    3.402

  • Huawei P10

    3.379

  • Oppo R9s

    3.352

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Lenovo P2

    3.316

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    3.276

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    3.235

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    3.234

  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2

    3.228

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    3.206

  • Huawei P9

    3.195

  • Lenovo Vibe Shot

    3.113

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    3.105

  • LG Nexus 5X

    3.092

  • Huawei Mate S

    3.073

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Sony Xperia X

    2.989

  • Huawei Mate 8

    2.949

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S

    2.913

  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra

    2.906

  • LG G5

    2.905

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime

    2.893

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    2.884

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Microsoft Lumia 550

    2.851

  • Lenovo Moto M

    2.813

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    2.803

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • Meizu MX6

    2.751

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    2.735

  • Meizu M5

    2.71

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Huawei P9 Lite

    2.679

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    2.679

  • Vivo V3Max

    2.659

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix

    2.658

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Sony Xperia XA

    2.609

  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)

    2.582

  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus

    2.582

  • Meizu M5s

    2.58

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • LeEco Le Max 2

    2.567

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL

    2.563

  • Lenovo K6 Note

    2.544

  • Lenovo Moto G4

    2.544

  • Oppo F1

    2.528

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    2.525

  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c

    2.506

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Oppo F1s

    2.481

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    2.473

  • Huawei G8

    2.471

  • Huawei nova

    2.467

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Lenovo Vibe K5

    2.459

  • Meizu m3 max

    2.447

  • HTC 10 evo

    2.407

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • Sony Xperia E5

    2.386

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

    2.378

  • HTC 10

    2.378

  • vivo V5 Plus

    2.371

  • Meizu m1 note

    2.362

  • Huawei nova plus

    2.329

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    2.254

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)

    2.249

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2.234

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Meizu M5 Note

    2.189

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2.169

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

    2.145

  • LG Aka

    2.145

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Acer Liquid X2

    2.084

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • vivo V5

    2.059

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Xiaomi Mi Max

    1.996

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Meizu m3 note

    1.923

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

Battery life

The Huawei P10 is powered by a 3,200 mAh battery, sealed as expected. The phone ships with a beefy charger capable of outputting 5V/4.5A, 4.5V/5A, and 5V/2A, with the maximum power of 22.5W exceeded only by Oppo with their VOOC chargers (some of them 25W).

Now, similarly to Oppo's phones, to achieve these crazy numbers you need to utilize the P10's charger together with the P10's Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable. Swap just the cable with another one and you'll be down to 5V/2A, which is still not the worst-case scenario - swap the charger, too, and you may as well drop to vanilla charging speeds used by the Apple iPhone (5V/1A).

So, if you utilize what Huawei has supplied you within the P10's box, you acquire from 2% (that's the lowest point before the device powers off) to 55% in just 30 mins.

Huawei P10 posted a very fine score of 75h, and it performed admirably across all of our test routines - video, call, web, and standby. This score means it will last you north of three days if you utilize it for an hour of calls, an hour of web browsing, and an hour of video playback each day.


We should mention some of the default apps such as Chrome, Messages, Phone, lower the brightness automatically even when we have explicitly set the slider at 200 nits. So, we had to tweak the brightness specifically in those apps. It's the first time we see such inexplicable behavior on any phone.


The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Connectivity

The Huawei P10 supports LTE-Advanced with 3-carrier aggregation, Cat.12 LTE for theoretical speeds up to 600Mbps down and 150Mbps up, 20 LTE bands, six 3G bands, and the usual quad-band 2G.

There's full-fledged Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) support - a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, with Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct and hotspot support. You also acquire Bluetooth v4.2 for peripherals, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo for positioning, and NFC for, well, near field communication, right.

The Type-C Universal Serial Bus (USB) port only adheres to the Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 spec (480Mbps theoretical) and not Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 or 3.1. It's not your average Type-C port either, as it has two more contacts for the SuperCharge tech, but those don't interfere with using standard-spec Type-C accessories.

There's also an analog 3.5mm headphone jack too. What the Huawei P10 lacks (and that may be nitpicking) is Frequency Modulation (FM) radio support and an IR blaster.


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