Huawei unveils its Leica-branded P10 and P10 Plus flagships

Another stab at the cameraphone crown.


Huawei made a valiant effort with the P9, even if its Leica hype didn't quite deliver. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company has unveiled its successor, the P10, with another dual-camera system endorsed by the 'red dot' company. It's a real looker, with a thin profile and some funky colors to choose from. The big question, however, is the software. Huawei has proven that it can deliver top-tier performance, but EMUI, the company's custom Android skin, often leaves us feeling frustrated. If Huawei can tone down its software teaks, this could be a real contender.

First, the basics. The P10 is equipped with a 5.1-inch, 1080p display, while its larger sibling rocks a 5.5-inch, WQHD panel. Both are coated in Gorilla Glass 5 and have an octa-core, Kirin 960 processor humming away underneath. The pair will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as standard; Huawei will, however, sell a version of the P10 Plus with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of memory too. A 3200mAh battery sits inside the P10, while a 3750mAh cell powers its large P10 Plus brother. Like previous models, both will support 'SuperCharge' for quick top ups.

The P10 is sporting what Huawei calls a "Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 Pro Edition" setup. The smaller model uses a Leica SUMMARIT f/2.2 lens, while the P10 Plus sports a superior SUMMILUX f/1.8 piece of glass. Both phones leverage two sensors, a 12-megapixel one for regular shots and a 20-megapixel sensor dedicated to monochrome imaging. Together, Huawei says this setup will deliver best-in-class landscape, portrait and macro shots. We'll reserve judgment until we've played with it ourselves.

In another step to boost its street-cred, Huawei has teamed up with Pantone for some exclusive color options: "Dazzling Blue" and "Greenery." The name alone could sway some creative types, but they're also interesting shades in their own right. If you're after something a little more subtle, however, both phones will be sold in ceramic white, dazzling gold, graphite black, mystic silver an rose gold too. (So. Many. Colors.)

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