Reporting from Barcelona, Spain: Huawei has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the P10. The 5.1-inch handset comes packed with high-end specs and a number of unusual tweaks. The P10 comes with a 5.1-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 screen, 64GB of storage, a 3,200mAh battery and a Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM.
The P10 Plus, which the company launched today as well, features a 5.5-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 display, 128GB of storage, a 3,750mAh battery and 6GB of RAM. Both phones support Huawei Supercharge through the USB Type-C port, which promises a full day of battery life from 20 minutes of charging.
They also run Android 7.0 Nougat, but Huawei has tinkered with the operating system by laying its own EMUI 5.1 software over the top of it. The company’s also decided to ditch the phone’s soft keys. The home, back and recent apps commands all live within the fingerprint sensor below the screen.
Users have to tap it once to go back, hold it to go home and swipe it to view the recently used apps screen. According to Huawei, it did this to maximise the usefulness of the display. In addition, the smartphone also comes packed with a feature called Ultra Memory. This feature uses a machine-learning algorithm to optimise memory use, something Huawei claims will make apps open faster.
Ultra Response, meanwhile, enables the phone to predict which areas of the screen the user’s fingers will next touch. The P10’s camera system is also somewhat unusual, combining a 12-megapixel colour sensor with a 20-megapixel mono sensor.
Huawei calls the system the Leica Dual Camera 2.0 Pro Edition, and says the Portrait Mode included in the P10’s camera app will optimise the lighting in scene to help users capture more “artistic” shots. The P10 will be available in a wide number of colours, including Ceramic White, Dazzling Blue, Dazzling Gold, Prestige Gold, Graphite Black, Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Greenery.
Huawei hasn’t announced the regional pricing for the Middle East region yet, but the 4GB+64GB edition will cost €649. The 4GB+64 GB P10 Plus will cost €699, while the 6GB+128 GB will cost €799, when they go on sale in March 2017.
At the launch event today, the company also announced its new Huawei Watch 2. The new Huawei Watch 2 will come in two variants – Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic. The new watches will come with a ceramic surface and a dual-crown design. The watches also support 4G LTE, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The watches weigh 57-gms and will come with the option of a e-SIM/nano-SIM card slot. The watches also pack in built-in GPS, heart rate sensor, and water and dust resistant (IP68) capabilities. According to Huawei, its new Watch 2 will support Android Pay as well.
The Watch 2 will support Google Assistant as well, in addition to having an app store thanks to Android Wear 2.0. The Watch 2 4G edition will come for €379 and the Bluetooth edition will come for €329. The Watch 2 Classic will come for €399. Local pricing hasn’t been announced yet.