With much anticipation, the new flagship from Huawei, the Huawei P10 Plus has finally been launched in Nepal. Huawei Nepal skipped the smaller version of the phone, the Huawei P10 as most people prefer bigger phones in their hand, also the larger variant has more features compared to the small one. Huawei P10 Plus comes in White, Black and Gold color with the price tag of Rs.79,000. We got a chance to play around with the phone for a while and here is our initial hands-on of the phone.
Starting off with aesthetics, Huawei doesn’t seem to be innovative in this aspect. As most of the flagships have opted for a completely bezel-less design, here the P10 Plus houses the same industrial design inspired by the older Huawei P9, but only much sleeker and compact.
The phone comes with an unibody metal construct with a smooth or rugged finish on the back which goes seamless straight up to its curved sides. The phone is good on the hands and due to the smaller side bezels, it is somewhat usable with one hand.
With the plus tag, the Huawei P10 Plus comes with 5.5inch Quad HD display protected with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The display in this environment seems really bright and vibrant. The fingerprint sensor has now shifted towards the front. The sensor is pretty swift for unlocking the device and can also take gestures as input replacing the navigation bar.
Giving life to this device is the Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. You get all the Huawei goodies like the knuckle gestures and customizations with themes and so on. You can now choose to have an app drawer or just leave all the apps on the home like usual. One notable feature of the new EMUI 5.1 was the side drawer when you swipe from the left (like Google Now). Here you can put your most used apps and widgets which seemed handy.
In terms of storage, the Huawei P10 Plus has the smaller 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage as the higher variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage has been skipped. There is also an option for storage expandability via MicroSD card using the second SIM slot. Powering the device is the Huawei’s own in-house octa-core Kirin 960 chipset clocked at 2.4Ghz which provides performance equivalent to Snapdragon 820, so the performance of this device should be pretty impressive but not as good as the Galaxy S8 or the OnePlus 5.
A dual camera has been a requisite feature in a smartphone. Huawei P10 Plus also comes with dual camera setup where the primary camera carries 12MP sensor and the secondary monochrome sensor carries a larger 20MP sensor for more depth and details. Dual camera is for the 2X optical zoom so you get better quality images even while zooming. It also assists in shooting with portrait mode. It is capable of shooting 4K at 30fps with optical image stabilization. For selfies, the phone carries an 8MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture. The event featured photos taken from Huawei P10 Plus by famous photographers Kishor Kayastha and Anjil Maskey which seemed pretty good. Due to a lot of artificial lighting, we could not tell how the camera actually is, so you have to stay tuned for the full review. Huawei P10 also comes with IR blaster which makes it easier for multimedia control.
Backing up this compact device is a modest 3750 mAh battery which Huawei claims to last for two days. In terms of battery life, we can’t say anything until we put it to the test. The Huawei P10 Plus also comes with Huawei’s supercharge charger which shouldn’t take more than 1 and a half hour to fully charge this battery.
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Along with the hefty price tag, Huawei is providing good customer service with the device. Huawei P10 Plus will get 2 hours VIP Diamond Service from Huawei Service Center, which means, if your new Huawei P10 Plus isn’t repaired within 2 hours, you’ll get a new device! You also get accidental screen breakage insurance for 3 months. And you can get your Huawei P10 Plus delivered at your doorsteps. As a camera focused phone, Huawei Nepal will be giving P10 Plus Camera Kit Lens with every purchase of the phone. Huawei P10 Plus with ties with Ncell will provide 1GB of Free Mobile Data for 10 months straight.
So far we’re impressed with what we see, the built quality, design and all the other aspects seem pleasing but with competition getting fierce and with giants like Samsung with their S8’s in the market and One Plus 5 launching soon in Nepal, does the Huawei P10 really has any chance with its competition? That’s the question we will answer in our full review!