Even before the P10 and P10 Plus officially hit the streets, Huawei has announced a third model in the range: No, not the P9 Lite (2017) or something silly, but the P10 lite.
Losing the dual-cameras, the £299 P10 lite makes do instead with a 12-megapixel camera sensor sporting 1.25 micron pixels, for better light capture and detail. Thus is rumoured to be the same as used on last year’s Huawei Nova. For selfies, the phone also comes with an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper.
Although down on performance with a more humble HiSilicon Kirin 658 chipset (itself an update of the chip inside the Honor 6X), the phone comes with a slightly larger display size than its more expensive bigger brother, the P10. That’s 5.2-inches over 5.1, and still with the same 1080×1920 pixel resolution.
There’s also 32GB of storage with memory expandability, 4GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery inside (with fast charging support), plus a narrow bezel to keep the phone down in size.
The design of the phone includes ‘ceramic sandblasting’ to make it more durable than competitors, with colour options starting with black or gold, and introducing more colours later in the year.
Huawei also stated in its press release that there’s an upgraded eye comfort mode, although it’s not clear how things will differ over the existing mode in the P10 and other Huawei models with Emotion UI 5 and above.
And, like the P10 and P10 Plus, the P10 lite also comes with Emotion UI 5.1, which Huawei demonstrated at MWC as being able to better manage system resources to keep the phone running at optimal performance at all times. (The Mate 9 should get an update for this in the future too).
What is rather less desirable is the microUSB port instead of USB-C. What was Huawei thinking here? Does it have a shed load of unused ports that it has to get rid of at any cost?
EE, Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse will be selling this phone when it goes on sale at the end of March 2017, but pre-orders can be made from today.
Meanwhile, the P10 is also available for pre-ordering today (at a price of £549 for the 64GB model) with an on-sale date at the same time, and the P10 Plus (£649 for 128GB/6GB RAM) that will ship on the 7th April.
- What do you think about the P10 lite? Would you buy one, or perhaps spend a similar amount of money on a Honor 8 instead?
Original press release
Style meets performance with the launch of the P10 lite
The latest addition to the HUAWEI flagship P series – P10 lite – offers a dynamic combination of design, engineering excellence and value
LONDON, 17th MARCH 2017 – Huawei Consumer Business Group today announced the launch of the new HUAWEI P10 lite. Integrating the design values and engineering excellence of the P10 flagship family it sets a new standard in the ‘lite’ device category. Intended to inspire today’s innovative and motivated consumer the HUAWEI P10 lite is a sleek and stylish device that is packed full of power and includes advanced camera features to offer everyone an artistic studio in their pocket.
The HUAWEI P10 lite is state-of-the-art design, blending straight lines and a dual 2.5D double-sided curved glass reflecting the P series’ minimalist looks. With a 5.2- inch FHD screen, just 1.21mm bezel plus an upgraded eye comfort mode it is as easy on the eye as it is to hold.
Put through a number of advanced processes including ceramic sandblasting the HUAWEI P10 lite is more durable and corrosion resistant than other competing smartphones. It will be available in Midnight Black and Platinum Gold, with more colour options coming later.
For consumers that are always on the go, the HUAWEI P10 lite offers more speed and less power consumption fuelled by the HUAWEI Kirin 658 chipset and a 16nm Octa-core CPU. 4GB of RAM makes it perfect for multimedia streaming, gaming and any other power intensive task. Huawei’s new EMUI 5.1 adapts to users’ usage patterns, streamlining performance and creating a personalised experience. In addition, the P10 lite includes Huawei’s leading fingerprint sensor technology enabling fast, secure one-touch control of the device.
The HUAWEI P10 lite provides users with outstanding battery life due to power saving and fast charge technology. Smart Power-Saving 5.0 and 18W fast charge technology together with a 3,000 mAh battery means users spend more time using the device and less time charging. Fast charge technology achieves a 43 per cent battery charge in 30 minutes, while a ten minute charge supports 2 hours of video watching. A full charge can be achieved in just over 90 minutes.
The advanced camera borrows many of the innovations from the P10 device to allow users to capture and share every moment of their lives. The 12MP rear camera and larger 1.25μm single pixel sensor enables users to produce exceptional images – especially in low light conditions. Meanwhile the 8MP front camera with portrait mode enhances every selfie by creating a bokeh effect in the background.
For the first time, Huawei’s proprietary Knuckle Sense Technology is featured in its ‘lite’ series. Knuckle Sense Technology enables users to create easy shortcuts, like tapping or drawing on the screen to capture screenshots.
The P10 lite, priced at £299, is available to pre-order from today, Friday 17th March. Generally available from 31st March, it will ranged at Carphone Warehouse, EE and Vodafone.
The P10 is priced at £549 and will be available to pre-order in the UK from Friday 17th March. Generally available from 31st March, it will be ranged at Carphone Warehouse, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.
The P10 Plus (128GB + 6GB) is priced at £649 and will be available to pre-order in the UK from Friday 17th March. Generally available from 7th of April, it will be ranged at Carphone Warehouse, EE, Three and Vodafone.
For more information please visit: http://consumer.huawei.com