Huawei has made a strong name for itself in the smartphone world over the last couple of years. Its more recent devices have delivered premium build qualities and some great specs for a lower price than many competitors, making them a serious consideration.
With the Mate 9 launch out of the way, all eyes are on Huawei's next device and what it might bring. Here is everything we have heard so far about the Huawei P10. Be sure to grab the salt and take a big pinch as nothing has been confirmed as yet.
Huawei P10: Release date
Huawei tends to announce its "P" flagship smartphone in April and its Mate series in the latter half of the year, but it's possible the company will use Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona for the P10 this year.
Invites went out to press on 11 January inviting them to an event on 26 February, which is the Sunday before the show kicks off. Details were vague, but Huawei said it would be unveiling a "flagship device". The P10 would be considered flagship, though the invite could be referring to a next generation of MateBook, or something entirely different.
Nothing is confirmed as yet and a Huawei spokesperson has previously said the P10 would be released in Spring, suggesting March or April. An MWC announcement followed by a March or April release would certainly be plausible though.
Huawei P10: Design
- Leaked engineering sample shows similar design to P9
- Fingerprint sensor could move position from rear to front
- Dual rear cameras likely again
Some images appeared on Weibo claiming to show an engineering sample of the Huawei P10 in a rose gold colour. The device has an interesting "Dreams" logo and odd wording, putting it into question but the shape and a number of its features show similarities to last year's P9.
The leak presents a flat solid metal unibody design with a dual camera setup on the rear and as with the P9, the camera sensors and flash seem to be positioned at the top within the antenna band. No Leica branding is seen on this particular leak, but we'd expect this collaboration to continue.
The fingerprint sensor appears to have moved positions however, with the leak indicating a move to the front of the handset rather than the rear. Huawei put a fingerprint sensor on the front of the special edition Mate 9 Porsche Design model, suggesting it might be testing it out and do the same for the P10, but traditionally it has opted for rear-mounted.
A separate image render has also appeared on Weibo, republished by Tech Times, contradicts the leaked engineering sample however. The render shows a physical button on the front, coupled with a circular fingerprint sensor on the rear and a curved body, rather than flat like the previous leak. This could suggest there may be two variants of the P10, as there are with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge for example and as Huawei did with its Mate 9 and Mate 9 Porsche Design.
How reliable these leaks are remains to be seen for now, but a metal body and dual camera setup within the antenna band for the Huawei P10 are most definitely plausible features.
Huawei P10: Display
- Leak suggests 5.5-inch Quad HD display for P10
- Will there be two variants?
A leak on GFXBench suggests the Huawei P10 could feature a 5.5-inch display with a Quad HD resolution. The Huawei P9 features a 5.2-inch Full HD display, while the Huawei P9 Plus offers a 5.5-inch Full HD display, meaning the leak could refer to a larger P10 rather than the standard model.
The leak gives the model number LON-L29, but it doesn't specify anything else. The P9 had the model number LON-L19, which is where the P10 theory comes from. Either way though, if the leak is accurate, we will hopefully see a bump in resolution and possibly size. A 5.5-inch display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution would result in a pixel density of 534ppi compared to the P9's 424ppi and P9 Plus's 401ppi.
It is not yet clear if the P10 will have a flat or curved display but based on the leaks so far, it could be that there are two variants, as we mentioned above.
Huawei P10: Camera
- 8MP front camera suggested for P10
- Dual Leica rear camera expected
The leaked specs from GFKBench don't mention the rear camera of the Huawei P10 or whether it will offer a dual setup again, though they do suggest we can expect an 8-megapixel front camera, which is the same as what the P9 offers.
If the leaked engineering sample and leaked render images are to be believed, the dual-camera setup will remain on the rear and continue with the same layout as the P9, rather than following the same path as the Mate 9. We wouldn't be surprised to see a bump in resolution of the monochrome sensor to match the Mate 9 however.
If this is the case, a 12-megapixel RGB sensor could be coupled with a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor on the rear. Expect optical image stabilisation too.
Huawei P10: Hardware
- Kirin 960 processor reported with 6GB RAM
- 256GB storage option also rumoured
According to the leaked specs, the Huawei P10 could arrive with a new 2.3GHz octa-core Kirin 960 processor and 6GB of RAM as standard, which would mean double the RAM of the P9 if true.
Nothing has been claimed for the battery as yet but we would expect the same as the P9, which was 3000mAh, or perhaps a slight increase, especially if the display size increases.
Huawei P10: Software
- Android Nougat with EMUI
As you might expect, the Huawei P10 is reported to be coming with Android 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box, with the company's EMUI skin over the top. This is likely to be EMUI 5.0, which can be found on the Mate 9.
We suspect the experience will be very similar to that of the Mate 9, though a few extra features will probably be announced with the new device too.
Huawei P10: Conclusion
The Huawei P10 rumours are still in the early stages for now, but we expect them to pick up over the next couple of months.
Most succeeding devices make improvements on their predecessors in various departments, so while we don't yet know specifics, we are expecting a faster processor, more RAM, camera enhancements and battery improvements for the P10.
Watch this space as we will continue to update this feature as we come across more leaks or rumours.