The Huawei P10 release date draws ever closer and, with a press conference now just weeks away, the rumors have become interminable. Here’s what you need to know, including the Huawei 10 specs, features, news, price and more – And what about the Huawei P10 Lite, too?
Huawei did a pretty good job with its latest top-shelf device, the Mate 9- it offers snappy performance, has great battery life, and finally, boasts a large, bright display. An excellent package that represents a decent value.
Huawei seems to be on the right path, which makes us eager to see what’s in the pipeline for the major China-based giant. From the looks of it, its next high-end device will be none other than the P10, a flagship that will succeed the excellent dual-camera P9.
This one will reportedly get announced at MWC 2017 in a month, with the rumor mill pegging it to be the most expensive entry in Huawei’s P lineup yet. Okay, we started off on the wrong foot with talks about potential cost hikes, given that these are rarely seen as beneficial by the regular Joe and plain Jane, but there’s much more to the P10 than the price itself.
All-metal, with a dash of glass
The front glass appears to be sloping towards the side frame of the phone, as is trendy, which reminds us of the Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design a bit. The latter also has a similar design, though a little more pronounced than what the P10 might look like. Provided that these depict the real deal, it’s easy to notice that Huawei will be sticking with a layout that’s mostly similar to that of the P9 and wouldn’t be altering it that much, which is a good move!
The forthcoming P10 seems to be employing a Huawei P9-like all-alloy body, with a tiny glass trim at the back of the telephone surrounding the two cameras. The same design element was present on the Huawei P9 and added a sprinkle of excitement to the phone, though we can’t say we were the biggest fans of that one – sure, it looked cool, but it somewhat marred the otherwise elegant appearance of the apparatus.
Huawei P10 release date
The P10 may come a little earlier than we first expected. An invite to Huawei’s MWC 2017 press conference says it will be “the global unveiling of a new main device”.
The Mate 9 is already out and is only a few months old, so the only other apparatus we expect from Huawei at the start of 2017 is the P10.
The P9 came later in the year in April 2016, and the mobile hit stores in mid-April. Roughly a year between models tends to be the way of things in a smartphone world, so April 2017 was our original guess, especially as the Huawei P8 also launched in April.
Huawei’s marketing director for sub-Saharan Africa, Hawa Hyath, has also confirmed the P10 will be the next focus for the company suggesting a 2017 release date is on the cards.
The Huawei P10 is likely to sport bigger dimensions than last year’s P9 cell phone, with many rumors indicating a 5.5-inch screen will be packed into a rugged metallic framework. Well, 5.5-inches seems to be the smartphone sweet spot these days, and perhaps the Huawei P9 Plus – which also featured a mighty 5.5-inch display – performed better than anticipated last year.
However, it also appears likely that Huawei will launch more than one variant of the Huawei P10, just as it did with the Huawei Mate 9 and P9. The Mate 9 had a larger, better-specced brother known as the Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design, which cost a fair whack more than the standard Mate 9 handset. Meanwhile, the P9 also came in a ‘Plus’ and ‘Lite’ form. So perhaps the P10 will come in a vanilla 5.2-inch shape, plus a bigger – and maybe smaller – form factor.
The Huawei P9 was notable by virtue of its double camera – months before Apple followed suit with the iPhone 7 Plus. With dual-camera modules expected to grace the backsides of plenty of phones this year, we’d be surprised if the Huawei P10 didn’t take inspiration from its predecessor.
That said, in the aforementioned leaked benchmark, there were just two cameras mentioned – one with a 12-megapixel resolution, and one with an 8-megapixel resolution. They’re the same as the resolutions on the Huawei P9, however, there was no mention of a third camera, which is mysterious.
In any case, we’re still expecting the Huawei P10 to retain its double cameras, as they’re a great selling point for a phone that might otherwise struggle to rack up publicity in the west.
Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
There doesn’t seem to be any fingerprint scanner at the rear of the telephone, but rest assured that Huawei is not doing away with that one. This now standard biometric detector will likely be transferred to the front side of the phone. It will seemingly be embedded inside a new hardware home button.
The fingerprint sensor is pegged to be of the ultrasonic type, which means that it’ll most likely be quite fast and accurate in doing its main job. Ultrasonic fingerprint scanners use high-frequency sound to create unique 3D maps of the ridges, pores, and all intricate skin details of your fingerprints.
We’d most likely find one of Huawei’s top chipsets inside the P10. If leaked benchmarks are something to go by, that one might be none other than the Kirin 960 chipset. This one is a 2.3GHz octa-core affair, comprising two clusters of four Cortex-A73 and four Cortex-A53 cores. The Mali-G71 GPU will be the graphics workhorse on board.
Many sources agree that the P10 will arrive in two versions – the ‘basic” version will be boasting 4GB of RAM while the high-end one is said to come with 6 gigs of RAM.
There will apparently be 64GB of native storage in the fundamental version, while the 6GB variant will probably be coupled with 128 gigabytes of storage.
Software and features
We are hopeful that the P10 will come with Android Nougat on board. Aside from that, it will most definitely come with a newer variant of Huawei’s own EMUI software, as is a tradition. It’s a relatively feature-rich interface that will suit power users, though it can definitely be an overwhelming one for the majority of regular users.