UPDATE: The P10 Plus might be overshadowed by newer, more popular phones, but in just around a year it has significantly dropped in price. Originally reviewed (below) at £680, the phone can now be found for £450 – making it a tasty proposition for those in the market for a flagship phone. There are lots to consider, including the P10 Plus' smaller 16:9 aspect ratio, whereas, most of its rivals, such as the OnePlus 5T and the Samsung Galaxy S8 that both have an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a faster processor for under £500.
Even though it has dropped in price, my verdict remains the same. It's still a tad too expensive versus its rivals.
My original review continues below.
The P10 Plus is Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone, and it comes with an eye-watering £680 price tag. Launched alongside the regular P10 at MWC 2017, it offers a larger 5.5in QHD display, an upgraded camera and a diamond-cut finish. It also costs £110 more than the regular P10.
Huawei P10 Plus review: At a glance
While LG and Samsung have chosen taller, narrower shapes for their latest phones, Huawei has retained the familiar 16:9 aspect ratio for the P10 Plus. It’s far from anonymous, though, with a stylish finish that makes it look and feel different from any other smartphone on the market, and it’s available in seven colours: Ceramic White, Graphite Black, Dazzling Gold, Rose Gold, Greenery, Dazzling Blue and Mystic Silver.
One key new feature is the dual-sensor rear camera, which gains a 20-megapixel sensor – up from the 12-megapixel sensors in last year’s P9 and the regular P10. With an f/1.8 aperture at the rear and f/1.9 at the front, the P10 Plus is also able to collect more light than any other Huawei device, making it better for low-light photography.
Inside, a Kirin 960 processor and 6GB of RAM make the phone fly, and a huge 128GB of internal storage offers plenty of space for all those images.
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Huawei P10 Plus review: Price and competition
At £680, the Huawei P10 Plus is not a cheap device. For the same price, or slightly less, you can buy a Samsung Galaxy S8 or an LG G6. It’s also more expensive than both the iPhone 7 at £579 and the £600 Google Pixel, which remains the best camera smartphone on the market. The question is whether the P10 Plus offers enough to compete with these premium phones.
Huawei P10 Plus review: Build quality and design
Huawei has pulled out all the stops when it comes to build quality and design. The gorgeous diamond-cut finish around the back gives the P10 Plus a stylish, high-end appearance. It’s also very easy to grip, so you don’t need to worry about accidental slips, and the phone’s smooth edges make it comfortable to hold.
The metal ring that links the front chassis to the rear plate adds another touch of class, while a small red ring around the textured power button makes it easy to distinguish. All these little things add up to make the Huawei P10 Plus the best-looking phone I’ve ever seen.
Like the 5.1in P10, the P10 Plus has a front-facing fingerprint sensor. At first, I wasn’t sure about its placement, as I still love using the rear fingerprint sensor on my Huawei P9. However, there is a benefit to doing it this way: Huawei has integrated the Android navigation buttons into its fingerprint sensor, giving you back the bottom part of your screen.
The way it works takes a little getting used to. Tapping the button once goes back; a tap and hold takes you to your homescreen; and a swipe to the left or right takes you to recent tasks. You can also access the Google app by swiping upwards on the right edge of the phone. Once I’d got the hang of this, I quickly stopped missing the onscreen navigation keys, and indeed found I preferred using a single navigation button. It’s just a shame you can’t swipe down on the sensor to reveal recent notifications, as you can on the P9.