• Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • System on Chip: Kirin 658
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable with microSD
  • Display: 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS
  • Camera: 12MP (rear), 8MP (front)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1 + A2DP + LE + EDR, 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Dimensions: 146.5 x 72 x 7.2 mm
  • Weight: 146g
  • Pros:
  • Fast CPU
  • Great value
  • Cons:
  • Slippery back
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 60,958 points
  • PCMark for Android: 4,607 points
  • 3DMark Slingshot Extreme: 409 points

Lite But Excellent

When Huawei launched its new P10 series, many were hoping for new innovations. That hasn’t been the case, but there’s plenty of reason to get a P10 Lite if you’re hunting for a new phone.
There are some subtle changes on the P10 Lite (compared to the P9 Lite), such as the shape or size of its front and rear cameras, as well as the edges of the device. For one, its edges are more rounded and slimmer too. It also retains the 5.2-inch screen and very thin bezels, making it a very compact phone that is great for one-hand use. One thing we didn’t like was how slippery the 2.5D glass back was, which necessitates the use of a phone cover.

In terms of placement for its components, everything is where you’d expect. There’s a rear camera with an LED flash and fingerprint sensor at the back, a front cam, dual SIM tray on the left, as well as a microphone and speaker at the bottom. Huawei reverted to a standard MicroUSB port for data and charging on the Lite version, so you’ll never have to worry about losing the prepared one; MicroUSB cables are cheap to replace, after all.

When it came to performance, the P10 Lite surprised us. While its targeted at mid-range users, this smartphone does above average with tasks that are non-graphics intensive thanks to its octa-core processor. Additionally, having 4GB of RAM means you can run and hop between more apps before things start to slow down. On the flipside, its GPU noticeably lags behind other midrange chips. You will feel some minor stutters in some games, but for Full HD videos and streaming, it’s not a problem. It’s also great that the device doesn’t feel uncomfortably hot when on full load.
Audio wise, the P10 Lite’s speakers have decent volume levels and the output is clean. However, it can get slightly muted when a headphone is plugged in, which suggest that not the audio jack isn’t provided with much power.

In terms of other features, the P10 Lite comes with the Knuckle Sense technology, fast fingerprint unlocks, a robust battery, and a very good camera. Speaking of the latter, pictures turn out well under well-lit conditions, showing good amount of detail and dynamic range. It also excels in low-light conditions, provided you switch it to manual mode and tweak the settings.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Hardly a significant upgrade from the P9 Lite, but if you’re sitting on an old phone and need something that’s of great value then you’ll want to consider this.

(previously published in issue July 2017)

Huawei P10 Lite