Huawei P10 Lite Review – Specs, Features and Price

Huawei recently launched their flagship this year, the P10 which comes along with Leica-branded dual cameras and beautiful metal design. The P10 was a high-end smartphone which most people can’t afford. Huawei who has read the market survey and probably noticed it has decided to come up with a more budget-friendly version of the P10.

The new smartphone is called the Huawei P10 Lite and as a cheaper version, it doesn’t feature any dual cameras nor the same flagship level internals. Don’t get it twisted the P10 Lite still ships in with some amazing specs. Without wasting, much of your time come along so we can see all that this smartphone has to offer.

Design

The P10 may be bearing the same name with the high-end P10 and P10 Plus, nevertheless, it not the same when it boils down to design. There are obvious changes in the Huawei P10 Lite, like the absence of the physical home button, no dual rear cameras, an absence of the USB Type-C port.

The Huawei P10 Lite has a body made of metal frame, fingerprint scanner at the back and chamfered edges. At the back, you still find a camera and a LED flash. The front of this smartphone houses a 5.2-inch display and you still find Huawei’s logo at the back. This new device features on-screen navigation and like I earlier mentioned, there is no physical home button.

The Huawei P10 lite arrives with the 2.5D glass and a Full HD 5.2-inch IPS display and has a 1,920×1,080 resolution resulting in a decent 423 pixels per inch. The display is vibrant and crisp serving as a plus point to the P10 lite.

Camera

One of the methods that Huawei employed in order to make the P10 Lite affordable is to remove one of the cameras that was featured in the back of the P10. That simply means that the P10 Lite has just one single camera set up front and back. There is a 12 MP primary camera with a 1.25-micron pixel size on a 1/1.28 inch sensor.

The camera struggles in lower lighting, though not as bad as we expected. The photos produced can be grainy and colors sometimes look more muted than in better lit conditions. You will find a full manual mode that gives you complete control over ISO, shutter speed & exposure. You still find modes like the HDR, Panorama, time-lapse, slow-mo, and watermark.

Come over to the front side of this device and you will see the single 8 MP camera. The camera comes with a standard beautification mode available, a Selfie mode that lets you tinker with your selfie portraits with options to either thin your face & enlarge your eyes. The camera doesn’t support the 4K video recording or the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

Performance

The Huawei P10 lite comes with the Kirin 658 SoC built on 16nm FinFET. TheKirin 658 SoC is the beefed-up version of the Kirin 650 found in the Huawei P9 lite. The Kirin 658 SoC has an octa-core CPU configuration with four Cortex-A53 cores, which is clocked at 2.36 GHz and another four that is clocked at 1.7 GHz. The Kirin 658 SoC also arrives with the Mali-T830 MP2 GPU chip.

There are two versions of the of this smartphone and the one you get depends on your region. The smallest version is the 32 GB with a 3 GB of RAM and the bigger version which is the 32 GB version with 4 GB RAM. The regions that will be enjoying the 4 GB RAM version includes Northern Africa, Western Europe, APAC, Southeast Asia, while other countries can use the 3 GB RAM version.

2D games function very well on this smartphone and 3D games can also manage, but when playing complex 3D games at high frame rates, the GPU will be underpowered. The Huawei P10 lite runs on the Android 7.0 with Huawei’s Emotion UI 5.1.

Battery

The Huawei P10 lite has a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery, I think this will be more than enough to meet up with our daily smartphone tasks.  Overall you just need to have a fully charged battery and you would never worry about reaching out for your charger the whole day.

The battery offers you 5 to 6 hours of screen-on time during a 24 hour period for mixed activities like 3D gaming, taking photos, and web browsing. I was glad to see that the P10 lite battery comes in with the quick charging technology. The charger is 18W ( 9V/2A) which can offer you from 10% to 100% under 87 minutes. Meanwhile from 10% to 50% will take you just half an hour, that is 30 minutes.

Other Features

  • FM ~ Yes,
  • 3.5mm Jack ~ Yes,
  • Expandable storage ~ Yes.
  • Dual Cameras ~ No.

Huawei P10 lite Price

The Huawei P10 lite as Mid-range, budget-friendly smartphone, so don’t be scared of the price tag. The p10 has a price tag of 230 Euro, which is equivalent to $261 / 94,000 Naira. You can purchase this smartphone from any Huawei retailer or distributing outlet near your region or in some online stores.

Verdict

When it comes to ticking all the boxes, the Huawei P10 lite certainly did all that for a mid-range smartphone. This smartphone has a good battery life, reasonable performance and more. It also arrives with software that gives you extra good features coupled with its 4 GB RAM that ensures a lag-free performance.

Without wasting much of your time, if you are looking for a smartphone that is budget-friendly and offers great specs and performance, then P10 Lite is certainly worth considering.

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