Huawei P10 series flagship-level phones revealed at MWC 2017

At a press event in Barcelona in conjunction with MWC 2017, Huawei CEO Richard Yu revealed two new smartphones which will be the company’s new flagship devices — the Huawei P10 and the Huawei P10 Plus. The new phones are slim, powerful, and will come in a wide variety of colors as Huawei builds on the success of last year’s Huawei P9 and Huawei Mate 9.

Both of the devices will be powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 960 processor. Both devices also get an 8MP front-facing camera with an f/1.9 lens which should really help users grab some great selfies. Huawei is shipping the devices with Android 7.0 Nougat and their new EMUI 5.1 interface. Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 is more than just what appears on the surface though. The company says they have also tweaked the Android kernel, memory management, garbage collection and touch responsiveness to help apps load up to 30 percent faster. Huawei has also been working on their own AI and machine learning algorithms and those improvements have been incorporated as well.

With those common features in place, the devices do have some differences. The most obvious difference will be the size as the P10 comes with a 5.1-inch display which, despite the power backing it, will only support Full HD resolution. The P10 Plus will get a 5.5-inch display capable of Quad HD resolution. The P10 will be equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage while the P10 Plus gets an upgrade to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Both devices get a dual 12/20MP camera, the same unit that is present in the Mate 9. However, the P10 lens is f/2.2 while the P10 Plus gets pushed up to f/1.8.

Also noteworthy in Huawei’s announcement is a new partnership with GoPro. Through their agreement, GoPro will power a new video highlight feature accessible through the stock Gallery app on the new P10 smartphones.

Huawei is also making the devices available in a wide variety of colors and finishes thanks to a partnership with Pantone. Blue and gold colored versions of the devices will come in a finish called “Hyper Diamond-Cut” while green, rose gold, silver, and black will be available in a “sandblast” finish. In addition, gold will also be available in this sandblast version. Finally, a Ceramic White version will be released in a “high gloss” finish.

Although Huawei is releasing the phones globally, they will not be coming to the U.S. market. Initial pricing for the P10 will be €649 ($685 US) while the base model of the P10 Plus will cost €699 ($738 USD). When the high-end 6GB version of the P10 Plus is released later this quarter, the price will be €799 ($844 USD).

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.