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Huawei P10 Lite review: Travel light
The Huawei P10 Lite may be quite a few features short of the flagship P10, but that's actually fine. We expected lower specs and we got them but the internals are not bottom-of-the-barrel either.
Good looks and quality build, a high-res screen, solid performance, a very capable camera, and some nice software perks, the Huawei P10 Lite has enough to offer the right users - and well within budget too. We just wish the resemblance to the P10 stretched further than the name.
The Huawei P10 Lite is not the only budget alternative of the top model. The Huawei nova 2 and the P8 Lite (2017) will also compete for the crowd's attention - most likely without overstepping each other. With a huge domestic market to serve, as well as keen to be all over the place - SEA, Europe, the Americas - Huawei needs a strong force in the midrange.
And this is by no means a Huawei invention. Over at Samsung, a mini used to go with every Galaxy S until they were eventually replaced by the A-series and the J-series. HTC and LG too used to pair their flagships with a low-cost package. Sony was the only one to get this right if you ask us, although the latest Xperia X Compact took a rather sharp turn towards the midrange.
Back to the point though, without being a super-charged mini itself, the Huawei P10 Lite has enough to get your attention and keep it. It's an affordable package that offers some meaningful upgrades over the preceding P9 Lite: refined design, double the storage, better chipset and fast charging and fresher Android.
Huawei P10 Lite key test findings
- Premium glass design, prone to fingerprints and scratches. No Gorilla Glass.
- The LTPS IPS LCD screen has enough sharpness, deep blacks, superb contrast, and brightness. Color accuracy is fine, but the sunlight legibility is average for an LCD unit.
- Overall average battery life due to the high standby consumption, but otherwise the P10 Lite very good powr efficiency with active use tasks such as web browsing, video playback, and voice calls.
- EMUI is a functional Android overlay, even if it has its quirks. Huawei has worked a lot on polishing single-handed operation, and it shows. Knuckle gestures are somewhat gimmicky, but the option to restore the app drawer will make the transition easier for those who are not used to an iPhone-like single-tier interface.
- The Kirin 658 chipset has enough CPU and GPU punch for the class and the phone handles routine jobs and more demanding tasks equally well.
- The onboard speaker scored Very Good in loudness test.
- The multimedia package gets the job done - the gallery benefits from the new Discover tab with GoPro-made Highlights, the image editor is powerful. The video player has little more than play/pause, and the music app looks good and works well, but omits an equalizer.
- Audio output via the analog jack is excellently clear, but it's quieter than average and is not a good match for high-impedance headphones.
- Still images have plenty of detail, accurate colors, and great dynamic range. The panoramic samples turned good, too. Great low-light quality and creative shooting modes for the class.
- Average selfie pictures - somewhat soft with moderate detail.
- The 1080p videos came out with average detail, but good colors, contrast, and decent dynamic range.
If the P10 managed to put Huawei on your radar but you're not keen on breaking the bank, the recently announced Huawei nova 2 should be on your list. It has an all-metal build, a similar chipset and screen to the P10 Lite, and while it didn't get any Leica treatment, it still has a dual cam combo involving a 12MP sensor with a bright f/1.8 lens and a secondary 8MP telephoto camera for zoom and bokeh effects. That's just about enough for the nova 2 to justify its slightly higher price asking price compared to the P10 Lite.
Huawei nova 2
If you can live without the latest EMUI 5.1, especially considering you still get Android Nougat, the even cheaper P8 Lite (2017) will do a fine job. This affordable package is also known as the P9 Lite (2017), Honor 8 Lite or Nova Lite, depending on where you are. It has pretty much the same design, screen, chipset, camera, and even battery capacity. The only difference between the 2017 P8 Lite and the P10 Lite is the shape of the fingerprint scanner and the EMUI version. The P8 Lite (2017) and its various incarnations cost 80 cheaper, which sounds like quite a good deal.
Huawei P8 Lite (2017)
The Sony Xperia XA1 may only have a 720p screen, but it makes up for that with a higher-res 23MP main camera. The XA1 is a looker itself and offers similar overall performance while scoring higher in our battery test regardless of its lower battery capacity. It costs about the same as the P10 Lite, so you have to decide where you need more pixels - on your screen or on your camera sensor.
Sony Xperia XA1
Samsung's Galaxy A5 (2017) costs more than the P10 Lite, but you get a Super AMOLED screen, a water-tight body and a higher-res selfie cam for the extra 50 or so. The rest of the specs match the P10 Lite's, give or take.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
The Moto G5 and G5 Plus are good options to look at if you prefer your Android not tinkered with. Both have 1080p screens, fingerprint readers, reasonably good computing power, and the G5 Plus is even capable of 4K video recording.
Motorola Moto G5 Motorola Moto G5 Plus
Finally, Xiaomi's Mi 5 and Mi 5s are pure flagship breed and will offer top-notch performance, screen quality, still imaging and even 4K videos - for a fraction of the price of a big-name flagship. The only issue with the Mi series is their limited availability, especially in our part of the world.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Xiaomi Mi 5s
No such worries with Huawei. On the contrary, it has a phone for every corner of the globe. A lite version, a budget version and an economy version of the flagship - which itself has 2 versions to start with. Isn't this too many phones? Not for Huawei obviously who wants to have a finger in every pie, from China to the Americas.
Huawei P10 Lite vs P10 vs P10 Plus: What's The Difference?
What’s the difference between the Huawei P10 Lite, Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus smartphones? We take a close look at the specs, camera tech, performance and features of all three of Huawei’s new 2017 phones to see which might be best for you.
Huawei’s P10 flagship phone is a solid handset, offering innovative camera tech, blazing performance and some really sexy design work. Sadly it’s also a bit expensive, at £549 SIM-free. And if you want to upgrade to the super-powered P10 Plus, that’ll be an extra hundred quid.
But Huawei has just announced the new P10 Lite handset, which offers some strong specs at a much reduced price. Just £299 nets you this Full HD phone, boasting the latest EMUI 5.1 and Android Nougat software.
So what’s the difference between Huawei’s three new 2017 phones? Here’s our full P10 Lite vs P10 vs P10 Plus comparison review to clue you in.
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Huawei P10 Lite vs P10 vs P10 Plus: Specs at a glance
|Full HD (1920×1080)||Full HD (1920×1080)||WQHD (2560×1440)|
|Android 7.0 w/ EMUI 5.1||Android 7.0 w/ EMUI 5.1||Android 7.0 w/ EMUI 5.1|
|Kirin 658||Kirin 960||Kirin 960|
|4GB RAM||4GB RAM||6GB RAM|
|TBC||64GB + microSD up to 256GB||128GB + microSD up to 256GB|
Huawei P10 Lite vs P10 vs P10 Plus: Design and OS
The P10 is a great-looking phone, a kind of love child cross between the P9 and Apple’s iPhone 7. At 5.1-inches it’s pleasingly compact, while the larger P10 Plus demands two-handed use thanks to its larger 5.5-inch build. And while you might expect the P10 Lite to be a little smaller than the standard P10, it’s actually a 5.2-inch handset.
All three phones come with a sandblasted finish, but the P10 Lite is only launching in two colours: Midnight Black and Platinum Gold. By comparison, the P10 and P10 Plus come in a vibrant range of colours including some eye-catching new blue and green models. There’s also a choice of the ‘dazzling’ and ceramic-style finishes, which offer a fresh new look and feel.
In all three cases you also get a fast-acting and reliable fingerprint sensor, which can be used to quickly and securely unlock them. However, while the P10 and P10 Plus sport this sensor on the front of the phone, beneath the screen, the P10 Lite rehouses the scanner on the rear end. This makes for a more comfortable unlocking experience, while gesture support is once again included.
Huawei’s P10 family all boast EMUI 5.1, Huawei’s feature-packed software which sits neatly on top of Android Nougat. This offers the likes of Knuckle Mode, which can be used to enter split-screen mode, plus some clever resource management.
Read next: EMUI 5 tips and tricks to get the most from your Huawei phone
Huawei P10 Lite vs P10 vs P10 Plus: Screen and media
Both the P10 Lite and P10 sport a Full HD screen, with the P10 Lite’s 5.2-inch panel proving a tiny bit bigger than the P10’s 5.1-inch display. Either will do the job nicely for media fans, offering crisp and detailed visuals. You get the Eye Comfort mode for evening viewing too.
If you want the absolute best visuals however, the P10 Plus is the one to aim for. This 5.5-inch screen boasts a super-sharp Quad HD resolution, although vibrancy levels and the rest are pretty much on par with the smaller Huawei phones.
We’re still waiting on confirmation of the P10 Lite’s storage options here in the UK, but all three phones offer microSD expansion for boosting the on-board space.
Read next: Huawei P10 tips and tricks
Huawei P10 Lite vs P10 vs P10 Plus: Performance and battery
Unsurprisingly, you get improved performance as you ascend through these Huawei P10 smartphones.
The P10 Lite offers the most basic performance in the group, with its new Kirin 658 processor. We’re yet to test out this chipset, but the 4GB of memory backing it up hopefully should make for smooth everyday performance.
Jump up to the Huawei P10 and you get Huawei’s powerful Kirin 960 chipset, first unveiled on the rather meaty Mate 9 last year. With 4GB of memory once again on board, you won’t see any stutters or pauses as you skim through Android and get busy with apps. The latest games pose no problem either.
Meanwhile the P10 Plus sports the same 960 processor, plus more RAM. With 6GB in total, we found the P10 Plus to be just as smooth as the smaller P10 and more future-proof.
You also get a larger battery as you jump from the P10 Lite to the P10 and P10 Plus, although all three sport Huawei’s quick charging tech. We’re yet to test the P10 Lite’s battery life, but the P10 offers just about a full day of heavy use between charges. The P10 Plus fares a bit better, giving close to 36 hours of play time per charge.
Huawei P10 Lite vs P10 vs P10 Plus: Cameras
The P10 boasts Huawei’s dual-lens Leica 2 camera, which can capture impressively detailed shots in most conditions. We’re particularly big fans of the sexy bokeh in the Wide Aperture Mode, which helps your subject to stand out. That’s made possible thanks to the dual lenses, which focus on a chosen point while blurring out the background.
The P10 Plus also goes for two lenses, one monochrome and one colour as on the P10. However, this upgraded wide-aperture shooter is more capable in low light, while still producing stunning snaps under normal conditions.
Both of these phones can shoot up to 4K resolution video, with efficient compression to keep the footage from taking up too much space on your handset. You also get a strong range of bonus features, such as the Portrait Mode to help your subject to stand out.
The P10 Lite sports a single 12-megapixel rear lens, with a large 1.25μm single pixel sensor. This should hopefully make for strong low light performance, although we’ll need to test this out to be sure.
Check out our in-depth Huawei P10 camera review and Huawei P10 Plus camera review for samples and detailed analysis. Stay tuned for our full Huawei P10 Lite camera review.
Read next: Huawei P10 Lite UK price, release date and other essential info
Huawei P10 Lite
Huawei P10 Lite Full Specifications
|Huawei P10 Lite|
|29,990.00 Taka (approx)|
|GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)|
|HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps|
|Available. Released 2017, March 31st|
|146.5 x 72 x 7.2 mm (5.77 x 2.83 x 0.28 in)|
|146 g (5.15 oz)|
|Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M Colors|
|5.2 inches (~70.7% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1080 x 1920 pixels|
|424 ppi pixel density|
Display Screen Protection
|To be confirmed - Emotion 5.1 UI|
|Android OS, v7.0|
|Octa-core (4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|HiSilicon Kirin 658|
|microSD, up to 256 GB|
|4 GB RAM|
|12 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flas|
|8 MP, autofocus, f/2.0, 1080p|
| Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face/smile detection,|
|Vibration, MP3, WAV Ringtones|
|Yes - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Gold, Sapphi|
| XviD/MP4/H.264/WMV player MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player Document viewer|
Huawei P10 Lite Price and Full Specifications in Bangladesh
Huawei P10 Lite Price in Bangladesh and Full Specifications. Huawei P10 Lite is a Smartphone of Huawei. This Huawei P10 Lite have 4 GB RAM RAM. 32 GB Internal Memory (ROM). microSD, up to 256 GB External Memory Card. Huawei P10 Lite Comes with 5.2 inches (~70.7% screen-to-body ratio), LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M Colors. Display with a Resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. At a pixel density of 424 ppi pixel density (ppi). Huawei P10 Lite measures 146.5 x 72 x 7.2 mm (5.77 x 2.83 x 0.28 in) (height x width x thickness) and weighs 146 g (5.15 oz) (grams). It's performing Octa-core (4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53). Operating System Android OS, v7.0, Version Nougat. Connectivity options on the Huawei P10 Lite include Wifi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth: v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE, GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS. It's Official Price is 29,990.00 Taka (Bangladeshi). Click Here to find Huawei Phones Showrooms in Bangladesh.
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Huawei P10 Lite review: Travel light
The Huawei P10 Lite comes with the company's own EMUI ROM. It is now up to version 5.1, and we have already seen it on the P10 series and the Honor 8 Pro.
The OS is based on Android 7 Nougat. There is a clear stylistic progression from the previous generations of the launcher. There are now different colors and themes crafted from the ground up by Huawei's design team.
Most of the Emotion UI 5.1 upgrades reside under the hood and offer boosts in various performance aspects - memory management and faster touch response. There are some relatively simple things, like improved mis-touch detection, better dictation algorithms, and Moments, for more convenient photo organizing. There are a few major new background systems put in place.
Huawei also talks a big about advanced machine learning, designed to catalog and predict your behavior and allocate CPU, GPU and I/O resources to the apps you use accordingly, making them more responsive.
The lockscreen is one of the elements being carried over from previous versions of EMUI. The Magazine unlock style greets you with a different wallpaper every time you wake up the device, with new ones being downloaded when you connect to Wi-Fi and an option to delete the ones, which are older than three months.
While still at the lockscreen, you can pull up an iOS-style menu from the bottom, where you get a ton of functionality. You can also quickly start the camera by a double press of the Volume Down button with the option to take a snap right away, or just go to the app.
If you opt for a fingerprint unlock method, you probably won't be seeing much of the lockscreen anyway. The reader is blazing fast and using it is a no-brainer.
EMUI 5.1 is so jam-packed with features left and right that you can't look at a screen without stumbling onto at least a few things worth mentioning. Still, despite all the customization freedom and the powerful feature bundle, on the surface, EMUI delivers great user experience.
Beyond the lockscreen lies the homescreen and you get all apps there - an approach that Chinese manufacturers have borrowed from the iPhone, but we can't blame them - it's how their main user base prefers things. For the rest, EMUI 5.1 gives you the option to pick the standard Android two-tiered interface with homescreens for selected app shortcuts and a dedicated app drawer where you will find all apps.
No app drawer by default Layout settings but you can opt for one app drawer shortcut app drawer
EMUI 5.1 has Theme support, too. As previously mentioned, Huawei's design team has put a lot of effort into re-imagining various shapes and colors in the UI. The theme store offers a wide selection and some really artsy options. Of course, you can always keep things simple and only customize the wallpaper and possibly transition animations.
Powerful Theme engine
The notification area is a 50/50 mix between stock Nougat and Emotion. Huawei has tweaked the look of the quick toggles and added the auto-brightness switch, which Google so stubbornly refuses to keep in plain sight. The notifications themselves look just like the Pixel's.
The task switcher is rather straightforward, but again with added functionality over Google's own - apps in the rolodex can be locked by tapping on the padlock icon, so killing all apps will spare the locked ones.
There are a few other interesting tweaks you can apply to the status bar. For example, notification icons can be replaced by a simple numerical counter. You also have control over whether the notification LED and display should react to a new notification.
Notification shade step 1 step 2 with more toggles task switcher Status bar tweaks
The Huawei P10 Lite features granular notifications control - Huawei had that even before it was a part of Android itself. You can control which apps can send you the three types of available notifications - the shade notifications, the lockscreen notifications and the banner style notifications.
This level of control is also employed when it comes to the app access to network data and permissions. The user can control the rights of each application to access either WiFi or mobile data. This can save a lot of traffic and help you optimize your data plan and consumption in an easy and convenient way. You can also rest assured that there is no unregulated access to your personal data or phone sensors.
Notification management Notification permissions App permissions Network control per-app basis
Last, but not least, there is a dedicated menu for controlling crucial permissions on a per-app basis. It's a great addition, since you don't want a random app ignoring the system's attempts to optimize its power consumption, or drawing over other applications.
While these are options accessible from the settings menu, most of them are also featured in the Phone Manager app. In there you'll also find a one-touch optimization button. A virus scanner powered by Avast is on board as well.
Two battery saving modes are available from the Power manager. There's Power saving, which imposes some minor limitations on hardware and software, and then there's Ultra power saving, which condenses your entire phone's functions to a single black homescreen with six shortcuts. You can customize those shortcuts, and you can pick from any app on the phone, so this mode is more of a psychological constraint to prevent you from using many apps simultaneously than anything else.
By Huawei's estimates, that should triple your battery life, so apparently, there's more going on under the hood. Ah, there's no task switcher in this mode, you only get one app at a time, though judging by the loading times, they have to be in the RAM. Screenshots are disabled.
Huawei's EMUI offers App twins for multiple instances of a single application. Sadly, in its current state, the feature only works with Facebook and WhatsApp and no other app.
Huawei offers a variety of useful gestures and tools in EMUI. Motion and knuckle gestures are available for the first time in the P Lite series. You drag your knuckle (not the tip of your finger) across the screen to launch split-screen multitasking. Tapping with your knuckles either takes a screenshot (single) or starts recording a video of the screen (double tap). You can customize various knuckle drawings by your liking, too. While those look cool on paper and worked mostly well on the flagship models, they aren't as comfy on the P10 Lite. It usually took three times until the phone acknowledged the gesture we were doing.
You also get voice commands, which can be invoked any time just by pronouncing a trigger word. Finally, you get the option for having a Floating Dock, which you can position anywhere on the screen and it allows you to access a few shortcuts from anywhere you like.
App twins Floating dock Motion and knuckle gestures Motion gestures Knuckle gestures
For certain scenarios, like in-car use, you can enable a Simple homescreen mode, which features large tiles for easy tapping. It's not particularly consistent, though, offering a simpler version of some menus, but not others - the dialer is the same size as in regular mode (in all fairness, it's fairly oversized to begin with).
Simple homescreen with a tiled interface
Huawei P10 Lite Review
The Huawei P10 Lite is a budget version of the main Huawei P10 flagship smartphone. It shares some of the same specifications of its sibling, but it is available to buy at a cheaper price. We’ll be taking a look at how the Huawei P10 Lite’s camera performs. It features a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, which is joined by a front-facing 8-megapixel selfie camera. Unlike the main P10 camera, the Lite doesn’t have a dual-lens set-up, and, there’s no mention of co-engineering with Leica. Other specifications which are likely to be of interest to the photographically minded is the fast-charging battery, and the 5.2-inch Full HD display. The device we have been working with has been loaned to us by Vodafone, who you can order the Huawei P10 Lite with. The Huawei P10 Lite costs around £269 sim free.
The Huawei P10 Lite is a mid-range phone, and in terms of sizing, it also sits somewhere in the middle too. With it’s 5.2-inch screen it’s larger than something like the iPhone 7 (4.7-inch screen), but it’s smaller than some of the “phablet” devices which are currently available. This means that you can use it one-handed quite easily if you’re using the keyboard for texting and so on.
As is common for modern smartphones, the Huawei P10 Lite uses quite a minimalist design. It’s available in four colours; sapphire blue, midnight black, pearl white and platinum gold. We have been using the black model for the purposes of our review. The edges of the phone are nicely curved for an attractive look, while the metal frame makes it feel higher quality than the price point suggests it might be.
In order to charge the Huawei P10 Lite, you use a micro USB charging cable (supplied). The P10 Lite features fast charging which means that with just a 10-minute charge you get enough juice to watch 2-hours worth of video. It takes just 90 minutes to completely charge the battery to 100%. You can also use the micro USB cable to plug the phone into your computer for transferring images across. You will need the free Android transfer software for your computer to get images across, which is very easy to use.
On the side of the Huawei P10 Lite there’s a slot where the SIM card goes, but there’s also space here for a Micro SD card, enabling you to boost the internal memory capacity of the phone. You will need to use the special tool provided in the box (or a paper clip if you lose it), to access the port, so it’s unlikely you’ll be taking the memory card in and out of the phone with any regularity.
|Front of the Huawei P10 Lite|
The other side of the Huawei P10 Lite sees the on/off button, as well as the volume rocker switch. You can use the down button in conjunction with the camera. You have the option to press it down twice while the screen is off to launch the camera app - if you prefer you can even have it open and take a photo automatically. Alternatively, once you’re in the camera app, the down button can be used to take a shot.
Another way to open the camera app is from the main screen - you can swipe up from the bottom corner if the phone is locked without having to unlock the phone. You can take photos, but you’ll only be able to view those which you have taken in this session unless you unlock the phone fully.
The camera app itself is well-featured, giving you lots of options. If you swipe left, you’ll be able to choose between the different camera modes available. The standard “Photo” mode is a fully automatic option which suits most situations, or beginner photographers. There is a “Pro Photo” option which is likely to be appealing to enthusiast photographers. If you select this option, you’ll be able to make a number of changes to different shooting parameters, displayed along the bottom of the screen. There’s the ability to change ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, AF mode, metering and white balance. The only thing you can’t change here is aperture, which is somewhat of a shame. Still, it’s nice to have options at all. Unlike the more advanced P10 camera, the Lite doesn’t give you the option to shoot in raw format, which may be disappointing to some, but is unlikely to bother the average smartphone user.
After you’ve changed any or all of these parameters, if the image doesn’t look right, you have the option to return everything to automatic or default settings by tapping an icon in the corner of the screen. It’s a good way to quickly start again without having to change everything individually.
|Rear of the Huawei P10 Lite|
Further at the bottom of the screen you’ll see three icons, in the middle is the photo button - you can use this as an alternative to using the physical down button on the side of the camera. To the right of this icon is the video icon, which you need to press to switch to video recording - the Huawei P10 Lite maxes out at full HD rather than 4K. To the left of the central icon is an icon which you can use for playing back your images.
If you’re shooting in the automatic Photo mode, you’ll see that there are some options displayed at the top of the screen too. You can switch the flash on and off, adjust the level of skin smoothing, add a filter, and switch to the front facing camera. Other shooting modes available from the left swipe menu include video, pro video, HDR, time-lapse, panorama, light painting and all-focus. The last option is interesting as it gives you the ability to change the focus point after you’ve taken the shot - it’s quite a fun feature which is perhaps more of a party trick than something you’ll want to do often, but it’s impressive for close-up shots where there’s a shallow depth of field displayed.
Swiping right on the Huawei P10 Lite's main camera screen also reveals some settings which you can change. These change depending on the shooting mode you’re working in, but generally include options to change photo or video resolution, switching sounds off, switching the timer on, and so on. You can also switch on “capture smiles”, which means the shutter release will automatically be triggered if the phone detects someone smiling in a shot.
|The Huawei P10 Lite In-hand|
Tapping different points on the screen in the main camera app changes the autofocus point, but also changes where the camera meters from. That means if you tap on a dark area of the scene, the exposure will change to accommodate for that. The same thing happens if you tap on a bright part of the scene. If the scene is of high contrast, try your best to tap on a part somewhere in the middle to try and get both shadow and highlight detail.
Overall, it’s a pretty easy camera app to get to grips with - especially if you have used an Android phone before. It doesn’t take too long to navigate around the various different options available. You can also use the camera within other third party apps, such as Instagram.
Once the Huawei P10 Lite is switched on, camera start-up time is made quick by the fact that you can access it directly from the start-up screen. Autofocusing speeds are good in bright light, with a little hunting taking place in very low light conditions.
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Huawei P10 Lite review: Travel light
The Huawei P10 Lite features a 12MP camera with F/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus. There is a single LED flash for the low-light shots. The camera pixels are 1.25µm big. This is probably the same sensor used for primary photographic duty on the Huawei P9, Honor 8, and Huawei nova.
The camera interface is familiar as we have already seen it on the P9 and P10. The options are hidden in menus you can bring up by swiping up or down from the screen (assuming you hold the camera in landscape mode). This may be confusing at first but you quickly get used to it. The main menu houses all the available shooting modes - Photo, HDR, Panorama, Pro, Beauty, All focus, and Light Painting. There is also an advanced settings menu, summoned by a swipe from the top.
The Huawei camera app offers a Manual mode, which manual focus, shutter speed and ISO and a few other options. The Pro camera interface is very nice to use.
Camera interface Shooting modes Settings Manual mode Light Painting modes
The 12MP color samples we took in board daylight came out with more than enough resolved detail and very good dynamic range. Noise levels are kept low, the sharpness is adequate, and colors are mostly true to real life. Those are some solid samples especially for this price bracket.
Huawei P10 Lite 12MP camera samples
There is the All Focus mode you may want to consider. It shoots a few 6MP images, and allows you to choose the focus later. Lots of makers offer this mode under different names and we are happy Huawei has brought it to its camera app. It works well, shoots fast, and the images are very pleasant.
All Focus sample (focus chosen to macro in post processing) Focus to background Regular sample
The dynamic range is often striking and we suspect some auto HDR trickery is involved here though none of the samples above was marked as HDR in the exif (as was the case with some previous Huawei cameras). But in case you don't like your regular photos, you can force HDR where necessary and the P10 Lite should brighter some of the shadows better without compromising the highlights.
HDR off HDR on HDR off HDR on
You can get two different types of low-light samples if you have a tripod or at least a place where you can leave the P10 Lite still. You can either use the Light Painting mode (limited to 6MP), where the P10 Lite takes a picture with default settings and then captures only the moving lights imitating a professional long exposure shot of say, car speeding along the road.
Light Painting - Car Trails (35s)
The P10 Lite Auto mode is rather disappointing for night landscapes even when mounted on a tripod as it hikes the ISO up to 3200. But you can use the manual mode and tweak the settings by yourself and get a bright and detailed low-light image.
Auto Manual (ISO 200, 4s) Auto Manual (ISO 100, 2.5s)
We took the P10 Lite for a walk in the neighborhood and it turned out well equipped to produce pleasant photos, with low levels of noise and accurate colors. The level of detail isn't that impressive but we can still give it an excellent mark for this class.
Huawei P10 Lite handheld low-light samples
The panorama mode is one of the better implementations, switching automatically between portrait and landscape. When shooting in portrait, panoramic images turn out just over 3,000 pixels tall and the sample below is about 20MP. Stitching is good, exposure is even, and the captured detail and dynamic range are nearly at same level as on the regular still images.
Huawei P10 Lite panorama
The front camera of the P10 Lite is an 8MP unit shooting images at 3,264 x 2,448 pixels. It's paired with a f/2.0 lens. There is the obligatory beautification feature, which attempts to mask skin blemishes, but mostly gets rid of any fine detail in the shot.
If you go for a regular photo, the resolved detail is modest, the images turned out noisy, and the dynamic range is rather low. The colors are somewhat washed out, too.
Huawei P10 Lite 8MP selfies
Picture compare tool
You can check out how the Huawei P10 Lite camera stacks up against the P9 Lite and P10 in our Photo compare tool.
Huawei P10 Lite vs. P9 Lite vs. Huawei P10 in our photo compare tool
The Huawei P10 Lite can record 1080p videos at 30fps. There's no 1080p @ 60fps or 4K recording, but there's a slow-motion mode. The resolution is far from adequate though at just 640 x 480px though the framerate is nice at 120fps. The Full HD clips are recorded in MP4 files with a bitrate of 17Mbps. Audio is captured at a good 192Kbps (48kHz) rate, in stereo of course.
The video quality doesn't quite live up to our expectations. The image isn't as sharp as some competing phones in this class, the dynamic range is not on par with the still images. The noise is kept low though, and the colors and contrast are great.
As usual, we've provided an unedited sample straight out of the camera for you to download - [email protected] (11s, 22MB).
Be sure to head over to our video compare tool to check where the P10 Lite stands against the P9 Lite and the P10's 1080p videos. You can choose other cameras if you like.
Huawei P10 Lite vs. P9 Lite vs. Huawei P10 in our video compare tool: 1080p