Huawei P10 Lite review
|Review: August 2017|
In a nutshell: We rated last year's Huawei P9 Lite as one of the best phones you could buy for under £300. Guess what? The new P10 Lite is even better.
P10 Lite: the best phone for under £300?
New for 2017, the P10 Lite is an update to the extremely popular and top-rated Huawei P9 Lite. It's almost the same phone, with a few upgrades that are well worth having.
The phone is even thinner than the P9 Lite, measuring just 7.2mm thick. It has a good weight-to-size ratio too, feeling solid but never too heavy. Build quality is very high, with a diamond-cut metal frame and toughened glass front and rear. The phone is nicely detailed with a speaker grille on the bottom edge. The square fingerprint scanner on the rear of the phone is fast and reliable and can be used to unlock the phone, take photos, and swipe through photos in the picture gallery.
The 5.2 inch screen has Full HD resolution with a high pixel density of 424 ppi. It's a bright, sharp screen with excellent colours. Note that you don't get a physical home button on the P10 Lite, just virtual on-screen buttons.
The P10 Lite is available in Platinum Gold, Graphite Black, Sapphire Blue or Pearl White.
8-core Kirin processor
The P10 Lite features an updated processor - the quick Kirin 658. This is an 8-core processor running at speeds of up to 2.36GHz. It uses a new generation of 16nm technology, and the device also incorporates a new i5 co-processor. The phone is extremely fast at most tasks, and only begins to show its limitations with demanding 3D games.
RAM is 3GB or 4GB, depending on region. Either way, there's plenty of memory available for multitasking and speedy swapping between apps.
We're very pleased to see that the onboard storage has been doubled up to a sizeable 32GB, and you can also add a microSD card for extra storage.
The P10 Lite has been updated with the latest Android version, and also comes with a new version 5.1 of Huawei's Emotion user interface, which is slick, user-friendly, and provides lots of useful additional tools to stock Android.
12 megapixel camera
The camera ia a decent mid-range performer, with a 12 megapixel resolution and video recording at 1080p HD resolution. There's nothing exceptional about the camera performance, but nothing to complain about either. It has HDR, manual mode, time-lapse mode, and plenty of other features. If Huawei's goal was to build a phone that performs well in every respect, then the camera doesn't let it down.
The front 8 megapixel camera is perfect for selfies.
Connectivity is as you'd expect from a mid-range phone, with 4G, GPS/Glonass positioning, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-USB, NFC and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Strong battery life
The P10 Lite comes with a heavy duty 3,000mAh battery. The low energy use of the Kirin processor makes this last a long time. Heavy users will get a full day between charges and light users might be able to stretch this out to 3 days. The phone supports fast charging, and a 10 minute charge is enough to add another 2 hours of battery life.
Conclusion - easily one of the best phones of 2017
The P10 Lite isn't very different to last year's P9 Lite, and that's a good thing. Huawei have taken the best mid-range phone of 2016, made it slimmer, updated it to the latest Android version, and doubled the memory to 32GB. They've kept the price the same, and in so doing have produced the stand-out mid-range phone of 2017 so far.
You might also consider the Sony Xperia XA1.
Huawei P10 Lite features include:
- Operating system: Android 7 Nougat with Emotion UI 5.1
- 12 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, 1080p video recording
- 8 megapixel front camera
- Display: 5.2 inches with 1920 x 1080 pixels
- A-GPS/Glonass positioning
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
- Processor: Kirin 658, 16nm Octa-core (4 x 2.1GHz + 4 x 1.7GHz) + i5 co-processor
- Sensors: Fingerprint sensor, Gravity sensor, Distance sensor, Compass, Gyroscope, Optical sensor
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi (2.4GHz b/g/n), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, USB, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack
- Memory: 32GB, microSD memory card slot, 4GB RAM
- Networks: 4G LTE, HSPA 3G, Quadband GSM
- Size: 147 x 72 x 7.2 mm
- Weight: 146g
- Battery: 3000 mAh
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