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Huawei has turned a corner with its hardware and software, and it’s ramping up its next release amid a big U.S. sales push.
The Huawei P9 was one of our favorite smartphones released in 2016, due to its superb dual-lens shooter produced with the help of camera experts Leica. We’ve subsequently been even more impressed by the Huawei Mate 9, and if the rumors turn out to be accurate, the P10 is coming to challenge it for supremacy in the company’s range.
Here’s what we think we know about it so far.
Huawei’s P-series smartphones are always the stylish ones, compared to the business-like Mate series, blending good looks with high-quality materials for a fashion-forward result. The P10 may be more stylish thanks to three colorful options.
The company teased that the P10 will come in three color options: green, blue, and gold.
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) February 13, 2017
This somewhat matches a leak from Chinese social network Weibo that showed the P10 in a minty green, a champagne gold, and a purple. The purple is the only one that doesn’t exactly match the blue from Huawei’s tweet — we’ll have to wait and see what colors are offered when the device is announced. Huawei did add a gorgeous blue and red color option to the P9 after launch, so we know it’s not afraid of experimenting outside of the usual silver, black, or white options.
Leaks have shown the P10 may look similar to the P9, with a metal body, and a glass or other material section housing the camera lenses on the back. Interestingly, a Weibo-sourced leak points to Huawei shifting the fingerprint sensor from the back of the phone to the front, in a home button beneath the screen. This is a new design direction for the P-series.
The front fingerprint sensor also appears on a leak that shows a phone said to be the P10, but with a curved screen and back panel, making it look quite similar to the Porsche Design Mate 9. It doesn’t entirely match other leaked pictures of the P10, aside from an image linked to a post quoting Huawei CEO Richard Yu. However, while none of this has been confirmed yet, but the possibility of a P10, a P10 Plus, and a Porsche Design P10 can’t be ruled out.
Release date and price
Huawei’s P10 will be revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which takes place at the end of February. The company has teased the smartphone and the announcement date — February 26 — through a video on its YouTube channel.
The video emphasizes the following phrase: “Change the way the world sees you,” with “#OO” repeatedly cutting through. The “Os” both feature a woman’s eyes in black and white, which could allude to the P10’s monochrome capabilities via the dual cameras, similar to the P9.
Previously, a quote attributed to Huawei CEO Richard Yu said the P10 will arrive in March or April 2017. This could be when the device becomes available for purchase.
The price won’t be known until the launch, but a new leak from Spanish retailer Phone House suggested the device would cost around 799 euros, or around $850, according to GSMArena. The listing has since been taken down from the retailer’s site.
A previous document promoting the P10 phones said the cheapest option — 4GB RAM with 32GB of internal storage — will cost around $510. The 4GB model with 64GB of internal storage is rumored to cost around $595, and the premium 6GB with 128GB storage version $680. These prices, if genuine, have been converted over from another currency, and may not reflect the final price in the United States.
The P9 may have an awesome camera, but the other specifications won’t stand up to the competition in 2017, so what is Huawei planning for the successor? Actually, that should be successors, because there are rumors Huawei has three different P10 models in the works: A P10, a P10 Plus, and a P10 Lite.
A leaked promotional document said to originate in China mentions both the P10 and the P10 Plus, and indicates there will be multiple versions of these two core devices, too. We’d already heard rumors of a standard and premium edition of the P10, so this isn’t a big surprise. Apparently, there will be three different P10 versions, two with 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, and a model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. The P10 Plus, which may have a curved screen, is likely to come in two versions: The first with 4GB RAM and 64GB of memory, and the other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB memory.
But the latest leak comes from Phone House, a Spanish retailer, that accidentally listed the specs for the P10. If accurate, it suggests there will be a P10 model that’s 5.5-inches with options for a Full HD or 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution. It’s listed with the Kirin 960 chipset, a 12-megapixel camera, and Android 7.0 Nougat — or more likely EMUI 5.0, which is based on the Android version. The site has since removed any information about the P10, but GSMArena managed to get a screenshot.
Specs supposedly for the standard P10 were also found in a log of GFXBench. In it, we can see the phone being referred to as LON-L29. For reference, the P9’s model number is LON-L19. It states the P10 will have a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels — a bump up from the full HD display on the P9. On top of that, it lists a 2.3GHz octa-core Kirin 960 processor, as well as a hefty 6GB of RAM — indicating the premium version underwent testing on the site. The P9 has only 3GB of RAM, so the bump up to 6GB represents a pretty major upgrade. When it comes to onboard storage, the device listed boasted a whopping 256GB.
A further leak repeats the chance of a 5.5-inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, and is also the first mention of a standard P9 model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The difference between the P10 and P10 Plus is rumored to be a single aspect: A curved screen on the P10 Plus, rather than a flat screen on the P10.
What about the P10 Lite? Leaked specs supposedly for the phone were spotted on a Geekbench listing with the model number WAS-LX1A, and it shows that the device has a Kirin 655 processor coupled with a hefty 4GB of RAM. The listing also shows that the device will ship with Android 7.0.