Put in another way: It’s the closest a person can get to taking home a P10 without actually spending P10 money. And minus all the camera trickery the P10 and P10 Plus provide. So whereas its more expensive siblings feature a pair of Leica-developed lenses round the back, the lite version drops the Leica sponsorship but has a 12-megapixel main camera with a large pixel size for clearer shots in low light.
The Huawei P10 Lite is a well-priced offering — about half the cost of the P10 — that cuts a few corners. It’s the closest a person can get to taking home a P10 without actually spending P10 money.
Also: The omission of a secondary cam means no dedicated monochrome sensor to improve detail and contrast. We doubt the 8-megapixel cam on the front has the same clever adaptive selfie mode the regular Huawei P10 offers, either. You know, for those impromptu groufie shots.
The hardware itself is quite lovely, bearing a metal frame and a “just right for most hands” 5.2-inch display running at 1080p resolution. There’s a fingerprint reader on the rear for easier unlocking, and maybe even more.
As for the internals, the Huawei P10 Lite includes an octa-core Kirin 658 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable memory. It runs EMUI 5.1 atop Android Nougat out of the box. The 3,000mAh battery is standard fare for a mid-tier option, though it does support fast charging at up to 18 watts. Huawei’s claim is that the phone can go from dead to fully charged in 90 minutes.
Finally, there’s the choice of colors. We’re only getting two at the time of announcement: black and gold. Huawei says more colors will be available soon, so there’s still hope for those (hypothetical) green and blue units.
The Huawei P10 Lite will start shipping March 31st, but it is already available for preorder in the UK, where it is priced at £299 (approximately P18,600 or $370). By comparison, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus start from 649 (roughly $685 or P34,500) and 699 euros ($740 or P37,100).
When reached Friday, a local Huawei executive would neither confirm nor deny the P10 Lite’s future availability in the Philippines.
Video you may want to watch: Huawei P10 and P10 Plus unboxing
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