Huawei P10 Lite : The Pro’s and Con’s
Is it worth buying? What alternatives are there?
Huawei P10 Lite : The Pro’s and Con’s
Pretty much like every year Huawei launched their flagship, the P10 this time, and..pretty much like every year the Lite version came out. In the shadows of the flagship model Huawei launched the P10 Lite. Now we know “lite versions” of course have lesser specs than their flagship counterparts. The nice thing is, they usually are a lot cheaper too. So is the Huawei P10 Lite, with Pro’s and Con’s. Ofcourse it’s definitly cheaper than the P10 (ca. 550 euro) or the P10 Plus (between 650 and 700 euro) with its 269 euro price tag. But, is what do you get for those 269 euro’s? And is it worth its price? Those are the questions I’ll try to answer today.
Looks and Feel
I remember the first time I met the Huawei P10 Lite, I immediately said: “This is de coolest iPhone Huawei has ever built!” And I am certain I won’t be the only person that will have the Apple flagship popping up in their head looking at the P10 Lite. The positive thing we can take from this, is that the P10 Lite is a beautiful and elegant looking device. It has curved edges and corners (no curved display mind you) and a shiny glass backpanel. I said it before, glass is certainly not my choice of material for the backpanel. I will always prefer the cold touch of metal, it’s not only more sturdy but you also avoid those pesky fingerprints. The device is certainly not heavy and feels nice to hold, but also very fragile. Reason for that is it’s 7.2mm thinness. Very beautiful though.
The 5.2″ screen is good for 70.9% of the front. Huawei played it safe with a traditional 16:9 screen ratio and an IPS panel. The pixel density of 424 ppi is rather impressive. The viewing angles are top notch, no complaints on that front. The P10 Lite has a Full HD resolution (1920 x1080p). The screen is bright enough and the colours are vivid, even if the are not as saturated as you will see in most Samsung or Meizu pictures. A Matter of taste and easy to adjust. So yeah, all in all the P10 Lite has a great screen. However, keeping in mind the price I think it’s worth mentioning a lot of brands throw in an Amoled display for that price. Just saying…
Under the Hood
Now what makes the Huawei P10 Lite tick? Here we don’t find a Mediatek or Snapdragon chipset, but Huawei’s very own inhouse HiSilicon KIRIN 658. An octa core clocked at 2.1GHz. Not a powerhouse, but hey, this IS the Lite version after all. And a score of 78K on AnTuTu isn’t bad at all. We do get 4GB of RAM though, and that’s definitly one of the Pro’s on my list. The GPU Chipset is the ARM Mali T-830. Why they didn’t go for the T-880, who can say. But gamers can expect some skipped frames if they don’t turn down the graphics quality.
The internal storage is what one expects in a Lite version: 32GB. Since we can expand this by using a micro SD card, I would say that’s just sufficent. All these goodies are powered by a 3000mAh battery. Again right on par with Lite expectations. It supports fast charge with a maximum of 9V/2A.
To me this was, and I hate to say this, the most disappointing of this review. Ofcourse I knew I couldn’t compare the camera to that of the P10. The flagship carries Leica Camera’s and makes very impressive shots. But since camera quality has been Huawei’s “gimmick” for some time now, one would think they would make sure their Lite version sports a decent camera too. I didn’t expect DSLR quality, please understand that. So then: What camera sensors does the Huawei P10 Lite use? Sony? Or maybe Samsung? The answer is no. The P10 Lite uses unknown, unspecified CMOS sensors with an aperture of f/2.2 (which is disappointing in itself let’s be honest this is 2018 not 2016) and 11.81 megapixels. Let’s be nice and call it a 12MP camera.
The pictures come out looking rather bland. The colour reproduction is anything but impressive. And as you might have guessed: as soon as daylight goes, so goes the picture quality. Shots turn out grainy and dark. Using the single LED flash is an option. It’s just not too flattering when you take pictures of people. But in good lighting the Huawei P10 Lite can get a decent shot or two. The camera is packed with options and functions, most of us will seldom use, but it’s great it’s there. Video’s can be shot in max 1080p which is okay. Although we find other devices in this price range that do offer you the possibility to film in 4K. Now, how about the selfie camera you ask? Well, it’s there! And it’s also unspecified. It uses an aperture of f/2.0. Wait what? I for one would’ve prefered to see that on the main camera.
So, the Huawei P10 Lite is without doubt a LITE device. From the microUSB charger plug to the 32GB ROM. From the middle of the road processor and camera to the single LED flash. It’s midrange at best. And it’s a great midranger. The P10 Lite is a classy beautiful device to look at. Even if it’s not the fastest and no gaming phone it gets most jobs done. The EMUI layer that Huawei has put over Android 7.1 is okay and packed with options. Another thing one should know about EMUI is that it has a rather large impact on RAM usage. So it’s good you get 4GB RAM since ca, 1.5GB will be occupied by EMUI. So, the Huawei P10 Lite is certainly a good phone, but it doesn’t jump out of the crowd. And the question we started with was: Is it worth the price? And in all honesty, I would say no. No, it’s not. If you see the specs, the performance, the camera it all is okay. But not for a phone that’s prices somewhere between the 250 and 270 euro.
Now, if you were looking to buy a Huawei P10 Lite, you might have some doubts after reading this item. First of all, let me again state, this is not a bad phone. Not bad at all, it has some great features and yes it has some cons too. But if those things aren’t bugging you, you will have a decent midrange phone with the Huawei P10 Lite. However I do not want to leave my readers in doubt. Do you want to explore the alternatives I would suggest?
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