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Huawei P10 Lite Stock Firmware Collections [Back to Stock ROM]

Updated on May 29, 2018:  Here we will list all the Stock Firmware Collection for Huawei P10 Lite smartphone. You can flash the Stock Firmware on Huawei P10 Lite using the below guide on How to Install Huawei P10 Lite Stock firmware. In this list, we will update all the region Huawei P10 Lite Stock Firmware collection. Stock ROM on Huawei P10 Lite came out of the box with Android Marshmallow with EMUI 5.1 Skin. Huawei P10 Lite was first showcased on MWC Barcelona in February 2017.

Huawei P10 Lite was launched in February 2017 at an event Mobile World Congress, Barcelano. It which comes with 5.2-inches display with a screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The smartphone is powered by octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 658 coupled with 4 GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB internal memory which can also be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. The camera on the Huawei P10 Lite comes with 12MP rear Camera and 8MP front shooting camera.

Huawei P10 Lite runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with a nonremovable battery of 3000mAh power. The handset supports dual sim with 4G on both slots. It comes with connectivity options such as Bluetooth, Wifi, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.

Check: Huawei P10 Lite Official Android 8.0 Oreo Update

How to Install Official Huawei P10 Lite Stock Firmware

  1. This Guide is only for Huawei P10 Lite users.
  2. You need MicroSD Card or internal memory space to try any Stock ROM
  3. A Micro SD card of 8GB or more should be available. It is recommended that The Micro SD card is made by Sandisk, Kingstone, or Kingmax.
  4. Make sure you have enough battery to run the upgrade process. It is recommended that the power of the battery is more than 30%.
  5. Upgrade operations may erase all your user data. So if there is some important information, you should backup them before the upgrade. Follow Complete Backup Guide to backup your phone.
  6. Before flashing, you should unzip the SDupdate_Package.tar.gzfile,and get out UPDATE.APP to do upgrade operation in your SD Card. To unzip, we may sometime share two zip file, Update.zip package always comes with the main update.app which is a complete OS. Where has data file comes with data files from Huawei? Check the below file list. └ —> dload

    ├ –> DUK-L09_hw_eu│      └ –> update_data_hw_ eu.app├–> UPDATE.APP

  7. There are two methods to upgrade your phone. One is a Normal upgrade and Force Upgrade
  8. GetDroidTips.com is not responsible for any damage to your phone while installing this Update.
  9. Make sure that you have latest USB drivers installed
  10. Take the complete backup of your phone and then proceed.

What is Normal Upgrade and Force Upgrade?

The normal upgrade needs to start the handset and enter the System Update module. Force upgrade is just used when the handset can’t boot up or can’t enter the idle screen.

So let’s move into upgradation process. First, we will guide the Normal Upgradation Process.

  • First of all, Download the Update Package
  • Recommended: Format the Micro SD card (This operation is optional).
  • Now Unzip the Update.zip package and
  • Copy the entire dload folder (with UPDATE.APP in it) to the root directory of the Micro SD card.
  • Now on your phone, Open the dialer and call ->enter: *#*#2846579#*#* ->ProjectMenu->Software Upgrade->SDCard Upgrade->OK,
  • Now select the Update.app that you moved to SD Card (root directory).
  • Now you will see a screen which shows the installation process. 
  • Wait until the installation process completes.
  • When the progress bar stop, the phone will restart automatically
  • In case if you have the Data File and you want to flash it, then, first of all, delete the earlier moved update.app from the dload folder
  • then you can extract the second file (update_data_Xxxxx) from above and move the new update.app to the dload folder.
  • repeat the same 4-8 Steps above.
  • That’s it! You have Installed Stock Firmware on Huawei Smartphone.

  • First of all, Download the Update Package
  • Recommended: Format the Micro SD card (This operation is optional).
  • Now Unzip the Update.zip package and
  • Copy the entire dload folder (with UPDATE.APP in it) to the root directory of the Micro SD card.
  • After Copying the Update.app, Turn off your phone.
  • Make sure your handset is power off.
  • Now Press the VOLUME UP and VOLUME DOWN key, and then press the POWER key to power on the phone and enter the Software Upgrade Mode.
  • When the progress bar stop, the phone will restart automatically. 
  • To Update the Data File, You can follow the Normal Upgrade.

That’s it !! I hope you have flashed the new firmware successfully.

  1. By step:Settings->About phone->Build number, to check the versionis correct or not.

I Hope you successfully flashed Huawei P10 Lite Stock firmware.

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Huawei P10

ALL VERSIONS

VTR-L09

VTR-L29

VTR-AL00

VTR-TL00

Versions: VTR-L09, VTR-L29 (Global); VTR-AL00 & VTR-TL00 (China)

Network
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G bands HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 9(1800), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps
Launch
Announced 2017, February
Status Available. Released 2017, March
Body
Dimensions 145.3 x 69.3 x 7 mm (5.72 x 2.73 x 0.28 in)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz)
Build Front glass, aluminum body
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display
Type IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.1 inches, 71.7 cm2 (~71.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Platform
OS Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 960 (16 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G71 MP8
Memory
Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal 32GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM
Main Camera
Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 28mm (wide), PDAF, Laser AF, OIS 20 MP B/W, f/1.8, 2x lossless zoom, PDAF, Laser AF
Features Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]
Selfie camera
Single 8 MP, f/1.9
Video [email protected]
Comms
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Features
Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery
  Non-removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 22.5W
Misc
Colors Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Graphite Black, Dazzling Gold, Dazzling Blue, Greenery
Models VTR-L29, VTR-AL00, VTR-TL00, VTR-L09
Price About 280 EUR

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Huawei P10 Lite common issues, and how to resolve them

Huawei’s enormous growth is well-justified by the devices they delivered in the last few years. It’s only the question of time before they get to contest first place with Apple or Samsung. And latest flagship ”P” handsets are definitely a step forward in many regards.

Even though P10 Lite isn’t on the same level as P10 and P10 plus flagships, it’s an amazing mid-range handset that rewards users with a slick design, great IPS LCD screen and overall above-average performance. It comes with the latest version of Huawei Android variation, EMUI 5.1, and to date, P10 Lite received mostly positive reviews.

However, after some time, issues started to pile up. Don’t get us wrong, this is is the case with most other devices and the problems we enlisted below aren’t common and widespread. But, if you have any issues with your latest acquisition, make sure to check the list below and look up for a solution.

Battery drainage

Huawei is not known for fast battery drainage on previous devices, but, it seems that the latest addition to P lite series is somewhat troubled in that regard. With the 3000 mAh, P10 Lite battery doesn’t lack longevity, at least if you’re not an intensive user. Fast charging is a great improvement over P9 and will let you recharge much faster. However, it seems that the EMUI 5.1 kind of drains more battery than EMUI 5.0 and the more demanding screen is a greater consumer, too.

Some users reported that the battery life is underwhelming, so we prepared some tips for you to improve it. If you’re unsure what to do, the steps below should be informative.

  • Disable power-consuming background apps. You can do that within the Phone Manager > Lock Screen Cleanup.
  • Navigate to Settings > Advanced Settings > Location Mode, and choose Device only if you’re not in need of GPS’s high accuracy at the moment.
  • Navigate to Settings > Advanced Settings > Location > 3-dot Menu > Scan settings, and disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning, respectively.
  • Reset phone in Safe mode and look for changes. If the battery life is much longer, that would imply that some 3rd-party app is hogging on your battery. Most of the time, the problem is resolved by uninstalling lately installed apps.
  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Power button.
  3. Once the Huawei screen appears, release the Power button and press and hold the Volume Down key.
  4. You should see the ‘Safe mode’ notification in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  • Disable Auto brightness and set a preferred brightness manually.

Slow speed and lag

In the hardware department, P10 Lite is probably one of the best-buy models in the mid-range category. It’s fast and reliable as they come. However, the occasional issues with performance aren’t unusual. Some of them reported freezes after unlocking while others have had experienced performance drops while running some demanding games.

Even the manufacturer said that the eMMC memory instead of faster UFS. That’s just like that. Another thing that might affect performance drops is related to overheating which we will address below.

If you’ve experienced something similar, there are some things you can do to resolve the issue.

  • Restart your device. If it won’t react to standard Power Off procedure, you can force shut down by holding the Power button long enough.
  • Wipe cache partition. Follow the instructions below:
  1. Power off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Down key and Power Button simultaneously.
  3. When the phone starts, use the Volume Down to navigate throughout the menu.
  4. Select Recovery mode with the single press of Power button.
  5. Press the Power button to start Recovery mode. The Android robot with exclamation point should appear.
  6. Hold Power Button and press once Volume Up key. The menu should appear.
  7. Use the volume buttons to scroll to “wipe cache partition” and confirm with a single press of Power Button.
  • Let the phone cool down for a while.
  • Reset device to factory settings.
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Backup & Reset.
  3. Choose Backup Now to save your data to a cloud service. Additionally, you can backup your data to a PC.
  4. After it is done, in the same menu choose Reset Phone.
  5. Tap Erase All and confirm.
  6. The device will reboot and start the process that should last for less than 5 minutes.
  7. This will completely restore every customized setting, so make sure to back up your data.

SIM card issues

Just as the previous iterations in P Lite series, P10 Lite supports either dual-SIM or SIM + SD card variation. Now, it’s not exactly hard to set up preferred cards in the compartment, but there are some things to know. Firstly, only the primary SIM card supports 3G and above technologies. Second is exclusively bound to 2G. So, if you’ve experienced connection losses or a network coverage error, make sure to check which card you use.

In addition, you should double check is everything set as intended before the suspicion of hardware malfunction arises. In addition, you can restart your device and look for changes. After that, you shouldn’t have any problems with the SIM card.

Bluetooth issue

Bluetooth issues were not uncommon for Huawei handsets before, and they are still present for some users of P10 Lite. Some of them reported connectivity issues while trying to pair their phone with the car media board or a wireless headset. For some, the connection is unstable and crashing frequently, while others weren’t able to connect in the first place. Firstly, you must make sure that the P10 Lite is the culprit for the failed pairing. Check connection with multiple devices to make sure that the phone is the problem.

If that’s the case, follow the instructions below to resolve the problem at hand:

  • Make sure that the Airplane mode is disabled.
  • Restart your device.
  • Clear pairing and reconnect again.
  • Try disabling Wi-Fi and Mobile Data while using Bluetooth.

If the problem is still there, you should contact your vendor or responsible carrier since the problem is certainly hardware-related.

Fingerprint scanner issues

The fingerprint scanner is more than a useful feature on flagship devices. But, lately, even the mid-range devices are packing reader with a variety of nifty uses. And Huawei is one of the first large manufacturers that started implementing fingerprint reader on the majority of its devices. The scanner on Huawei P10 Lite is just as fast and well-placed like on P9. But, there’s still a problem or two regarding its occasional erratic behavior.

There are some workarounds you can apply before concurring that the hardware is the problem.

  • Clean your fingerprint scanner. Use a wet cloth to clean the fingerprint scanner of dirt.
  • Restart your device.
  • Disable fingerprint gestures. Open Settings > Fingerprint ID, and disable all gestures except the standard unlock feature.
  • Perform a factory reset:
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Backup & Reset.
  3. Choose Backup Now to save your data to a cloud service. Additionally, you can backup your data to a PC.
  4. After it is done, in the same menu choose Reset Phone.
  5. Tap Erase All and confirm.
  6. The device will reboot and start the process that should last for less than 5 minutes.
  7. This will completely restore every customized setting, so make sure to back up your data.

In the end, if the problem is persistent, contact your vendor or carrier and report the problem.

Volume issues

Certain users reported issues with the sound volume of certain apps notifications and many other aspects, with the exclusion of ringer sound that works as intended. Namely, some of them reported too loud or quiet notifications and other multimedia features. And even though they tried to regulate or even mute the sound, it still remained the same.

For that purpose, we advise you to wait for the future update which should resolve the sound bug. Meanwhile, you can use the ”Do not disturb” mode to disable certain sounds. In addition, try some of these workarounds:

  • Restart your device.
  • Boot in safe mode.
  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Power button.
  3. Once the Huawei screen appears, release the Power button and press and hold the Volume Down key.
  4. You should see the ‘Safe mode’ notification in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  • Restore factory settings:
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Backup & Reset.
  3. Choose Backup Now to save your data to a cloud service. Additionally, you can backup your data to a PC with HiSuite.
  4. After it is done, in the same menu choose Reset Phone.
  5. Tap Erase All and confirm.
  6. The device will reboot and start the process that should last for less than 5 minutes.
  7. This will completely restore every customized setting, so make sure to back up your data.

Overheating issues

Another problem that emerged with the introduction of massive hardware improvements is the overheating. And most of the modern smartphones will eventually get hot, but some of them are more prone to it than others. Huawei P10 Lite, for example, is prone to overheating. Especially in the upper back part. Don’t get us wrong, this occurrence requires certain circumstances, like intensive gaming or exposure to the sun for an extended period, or use during charging.

Because of that, make sure to keep your phone far from the heat sources and leave it be while fast charging. In addition, don’t use alternative, commercial chargers instead of the one OEM provided you with.

Moreover, if the device overheating occurs during the idle state or standard use, make sure to take it for repair or ask for a replacement.

Wi-Fi and Mobile Data issues

Besides the Bluetooth issue, there are additional problems that are also related to connectivity. Namely, some users reported poor Wi-Fi signal or constant disconnection while using P10 Lite. In addition, others are experiencing poor connection while using Mobile data. There are so many factors for this occurrence, and many of those are not exclusively phone-related.

We enlisted some of the probable solutions for the problem and you can find them just below.

Mobile Data troubleshooting:

  • Switch Network type. Settings>More>Cellular Networks>Preffered Network type. Select LTE and save settings.
  • Turn Airplane mode ON and then OFF.
  • Reset APN settings. Go to Settings > More > Cellular networks > Access Point Names > Tap Menu > Reset to default.
  • Reset Network Settings. Navigate to Settings > Backup & reset > Network settings reset>Reset Settings.
  • Remove SIM card and put it back again.

For Wi-Fi issue try these solutions:

  • Reset your router.
  • Disable Bluetooth.
  • Restart your phone.
  • Forget network and re-establish a Wi-FI connection.
  • Use 2.4 GHz band instead of 5 GHz. It lacks range, but it’s a more stable option.
  • Wipe cache partition within Recovery settings.
  • Reset phone to factory settings.

After that, your connectivity issues should be long gone. In contrary, if those steps failed to resolve the issue at hand, make sure to report the problem to service or to manufacturer support itself.

That should be it. If you have any additional problems or alternative solutions for the ones presented, make sure to tell us in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and have a good day.

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List Of All Best Custom ROM For Huawei P10 Lite [Updated]

Do you want to Install any Custom ROM for Huawei P10 Lite device? then you are at the right place. Here we will list all the Best Custom ROM for Huawei P10 Lite. If you have a Huawei P10 Lite device, then you may be knowing that this device runs on Android OS. Well, the biggest advantage of Android is that it is an open-source project. This allows every community to develop and Customize ROM for their phone.

To begin with, Huawei P10 Lite smartphone came out of the box with Android 7.0 Nougat and will soon be upgraded to Android Oreo firmware. In this guide, we will show you which are the best custom ROM for Huawei P10 Lite available now.

Before moving to installation and download, let us know the difference between CUSTOM ROM and STOCK ROM.

What Is Android Stock ROM?

When you buy a brand new Android device, it comes equipped with a “Stock ROM,” also known as the “Stock Firmware”. The stock ROM is the preinstalled operating system on your device. The stock ROM has limited functionalities that are defined by the phone’s manufacturer. If you wish to have extra features added to your device, then you will have to resort to custom ROM.

What is Custom ROM?

As you all know Android is an open source platform where a developer can take all the source code from Google and build their own operating system images for Android phones and tablets from scratch. This Custom or Home built an app is known as Custom ROM. Custom ROM replaces your Android Operating system (Stock ROM) which comes with your Phone or Tablet. It comes with a kernel which makes it a fully standalone OS. So some developer in Android Community will customize the Android OS by stripping all the Garbage and makes it a pure Android experience with no carrier-installed app or OEM apps.

This Custom ROM is been updated regularly by the community and developers where they fix all the bugs related reports. Custom ROM also allows you to experience latest Android OS even if the OS has not available to your smartphone.

Best Custom ROM for Huawei P10 Lite

Here is the list of Best Custom ROM for Huawei P10 Lite. To Install Any Custom ROM for Huawei P10 Lite, you need TWRP Recovery on your device. Once you have installed TWRP, you can easily start installing Custom ROM or any mods on your Huawei P10 Lite device.  Here is the guide to Install TWRP Recovery on Huawei P10 Lite.

If you have TWRP, then you can simply flash one of the best custom ROM for Huawei P10 Lite here. As we said, there are many custom ROM out there to choose from. Not every Custom ROMs are mean to be stable to use as a daily driver. You can read the description and the features that come with the custom ROM given below for Huawei P10 Lite devices.

AOSP Android 7.1.2 Nougat:

Android 7.1.2 Nougat comes with handful of features such as  App Shortcuts, Multi Window support, restart setting to power menu, Launch the camera by pressing the power button twice, Image Keyboard support, 100 emoji added, GIF Support, Quick Reply via Notification, Notification Redesigned panel, Notifications prioritization, Enhanced Doze Mode, System UI Tuner, Customizable Quick Settings, Don Not Disturb, New Settings Panel Redesigned, Data Saver per App, seamless updates and New Emoji Support.

Download ROM and Gapps Here

Resurrection Remix is a combination of the stability provided by CM and features from Slim, Omni and original Remix builds providing an awesome combination of performance, customization, power and the newest features brought directly to your device. This ROM is an ultimately full-featured, stable and combined with the best features of open source ROMs. The ROM is also providing a lot of awesome original Resurrection Remix ROM add-on s in the builds which include best of performance, customization, power and the newest features of your device!

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Lineage OS is the legacy of the old famous custom firmware known as CyanogenMod or CM. The company behind Cyanogen.Inc has withdrawn the popular Android mod, CyanogenMod that left many of its users disappointed. Few believed that the legacy of CyanogenMod will be taken forward by a new Android mod, however, it was all uncertain. It is amidst such chaos that Lineage OS was introduced and definitely it gave back everyone the answer concerning Android mod.

Lineage OS is one of the Top custom ROM for any Android smartphone. Lineage ROM for Huawei P10 Lite comes with a lot of features such as Customizable Status bar, Theme, Resizing Nav bar, Nav Bar color, and customization, Quick Toggle feature, and more other features.

You can follow the link to Install Lineage OS for Huawei P10 Lite device.

Download ROM Here – Lineage OS 14.1

Android 8.0 Oreo:

Android 8.0 Oreo is the latest released sweet from Google. It is the latest iteration of Android OS after the release of Android 7.0 Nougat. Android Oreo comes with features such as New app notifications, notification dots on app icons, picture-in-picture mode, Android Instant App compatibility, Auto-fill (like on Chrome), Better copy and paste, Faster Android behind the scenes, Better battery life with more advanced Doze mode, and more.

Not yet released – AOSP Android 8.0 Oreo

AOKP is known by everyone as Android Open Kang Project, is an open-source replacement distribution for smartphones and tablet computers based on the Android mobile operating system. The name is a play on the word Kang (slang for stolen code) and AOSP (Android Open Source Project). The name was a joke, but it stuck. It was started as free and open-source software by Roman Birg based on the official releases of Android Open Source Project by Google, with added original and third-party code, features, and control.

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AOSPExtended ROM:

AOSP Extended ROM is based on the AOSP Source code which brings a lot of various cherry-picked commits from multiple other projects. Being based on AOSP, it provides a smooth and lag-free experience out of the box. The developer of AOSP Extended has promised to add many new features and make it even better for future updates. Just like every other custom ROM, AOSP Extended ROM also has many features which as a Status bar and Lockscreen customization, Theming, DU’s navbar/Flingbar, AOSPA Pie, and many other features. The ROM is Stable enough to use it as a daily driver.

Download ROM Here

ViperOS:

ViperOS is a new Custom Firmware based on the AOSP code but having its own custom mods. This ROM is quite famous for its custom-made features from all CM, Lineage, Slim, Omni AOSPA, etc. The ROM was developed when Google released the code for Android 7.1 Nougat. Now it has become one of the most stable Custom firmware with many features and customization. It offers a great balance between battery and performance.

Now you can install ViperOS ROM on Huawei P10 Lite by following our simple guide.

Not yet released – Link To All ViperOS List

CrDroid ROM:

crDroid is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android for your device also attempting to bringing many of the best features existent today. We’re mainly based on Lineage OS so use custom kernels compatible with them!

To Install crDroid OS For Huawei P10 Lite or any Custom ROM, your phone must have TWRP Recovery or any custom Recovery installed. If you don’t have one, then first install Custom Recovery on your Huawei P10 Lite.

Not yet released – Link For All CrDroid OS List

AICP:

AICP is known by everyone as Android Ice Cold Project that started on Desire HD and since then evolved into a mature ROM with the BEST community you can find! Until Lollipop, the ROM has always been AOKP based. Unfortunately, since AOKP either stopped development or will make a comeback later this year, they changed their Source to Lineage OS.

Not yet released – Link For All AICP OS List

Flyme OS 6:

Flyme is a stock and aftermarket firmware developed by Meizu for smartphones based on the Android operating system. Some of its key features are completely redesigned apps, one-handed usability and performance optimizations. The current version of Flyme features distinguished flat design, various optimizations for performance. Flyme also has a feature called mBack, which is specific for Meizu smartphones. It allows easier navigation using only one physical button without on-screen navigation buttons. The back button function is implemented by tapping the physical button, while the home button function is used by pressing the physical button.

Not yet released – Link For All Flyme OS List

That’s it! I hope you have installed the Custom ROM for Huawei P10 Lite. Leave a comment or feedback down below. Thank you!.

I hope this guide was helpful to find the Best Custom ROM for Huawei P10 Lite which is suitable for you.

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Huawei P10 Lite hands-on

The Lite variants of the Huawei P series are more of their own sub-brand than they are variations on their flagship namesake. So when I went hands-on with the Huawei P10 Lite at an indoor skydiving center recently, I was expecting to see more of a successor to the Huawei P9 Lite than a device with any real resemblance to the new P10 family.

I already knew the phone looked a lot more like the P9 Lite than the P10 because it had actually been announced a few weeks ago. What I did find though was a software experience that’s almost identical to the P10, complete with Android 7.0, EMUI 5.1 and the option for an app drawer.

The P10 Lite is yet another nicely put together metal and glass phone from Huawei, even if it is pretty much the same design we’ve been seeing since the P8. It has the same chamfered edges and metal trim as previous P series phones and it sticks with a glass back panel, complete with rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

A textured power button sits on the right hand side below the volume rocker and there’s a SIM and microSD tray on the left. There’s also a bottom-firing mono speaker, microUSB charging port, IR blaster and 3.5 mm headphone port.

The Lite in the name refers to the majority of the specs in the phone: a mid-range chipset, single, non-Leica branded camera, smaller internal storage and so on. The good news about watering those specs down a little is that you’ll pay significantly less for the P10 Lite than you would for the regular P10 or its larger sibling the P10 Plus.

At just €349 the P10 Lite is just half the price of the P10 Plus and €300 cheaper than the regular P10. While that price certainly fits the specs and style here, other than the software experience there’s nothing much on the outside to make this look like either other flagship device.

Instead, the design is almost exactly like the recently released P8 Lite (2017) which is also known as the P9 Lite (2017) in some regions. One thing the P10 Lite does inherit from its flagship brothers however is that nice shade of blue (there’s also a black, white and gold color).

The P10 Lite has a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD display surrounded by really small bezels for a mid-range phone. In fact, the bezels on the P10 Lite match up almost exactly to those found on the flagship P10.

But the P10 Lite’s specs are essentially those of the entry level Huawei P9, minus the high end processor and dual Leica camera. The phone doesn’t feel as fast and fluid as the P10 but that’s because it’s rocking the Kirin 658 chipset rather than the 960 found in the P10 and P10 Plus. But the P10 Lite still has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage expandable via microSD. It also has dual-SIM support, a 3,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging and NFC.

On the camera front there’s a single 12 MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture. There’s no fancy Leica partnership here so you won’t get quite the same results you’d get from the P10 or P10 Plus (or even the P9 for that matter), but you will still get similar image processing. Some of the photos I took turned out pretty good but don’t expect too much from moving subjects, poorly lit environments or the front-facing 8 MP camera.

While the P10 Lite doesn’t have the fancy B&W sensor for capturing fine detail like the P10, it does have a monochrome filter in the camera app (as well as a full manual mode).

I took the same photo on the 12 MP P10 Lite and on the 20 MP P10, and as you can see they’re not all that far apart, which is not bad considering the resolution difference, lack of Leica processing and a €300 price difference. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of a detail so you can compare apples to apples. The Huawei P10 is on the left.

Video quality is pretty decent but it lack image stabilization which becomes quite noticeable in certain conditions like when walking. The P10 Lite shoots up to Full HD quality at 60 frames per second.

The camera app is laid out the same as it is on other Huawei phones, so if you’re familiar with that you’ll be right at home. If you’re not then it’ll take a little getting used to because it’s far from intuitive. There are a few settings on the P10 that didn’t make it to the P10 Lite though, like wide aperture mode, the color saturation settings and night shot.

For the price the P10 Lite is a pretty good deal: it looks good, feels solid, takes OK photos and packs decent mid-range specs and a good sized battery. But the price has crept up €50 since the P9 Lite while the basic specs package hasn’t improved any more than you would expect it to in a year.

While the P10 Lite is probably still a good buy – just – its price point is starting to creep into the territory of much better equipped competition like the OnePlus 3T and Honor 8.

We’ll reserve our final judgement on the price performance ratio until the full review, but you can take a look at the Huawei P10 Lite for yourself when it hits stores at the end of the month across the UK and mainland Europe. No U.S. availability has yet been announced.

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Huawei P10 lite review

Recently Huawei launched this year’s “P” model, the high-end P10 with its Leica-branded dual cameras and a sleek metal design. However, as a high-end phone it will be outside the budget of some consumers. Therefore Huawei has also launched a cheaper version of the P10 called the P10 lite. It doesn’t come with the P10’s dual cameras nor does it have the same flagship level internals, but similarly neither does it carry the same price tag!

I got the device a few days ago and I have been trying it out. So here is my in-depth review of the Huawei P10 lite.

Design

Although the P10 lite uses the same name as its bigger siblings, the P10 and P10 Plus, it doesn’t really use the same design language. There are several significant differences including no physical home button, no dual-cameras, and no USB Type-C port.

However what you do get is a metal frame, chamfered edges, and a fingerprint reader on the back. On the front you get a 5.2-inch display along with a discrete Huawei logo. As mentioned, there is no physical home button and the P10 lite uses on-screen navigation keys.

Going around the rest of the phone, the volume rocker and textured power button are on the right, while the SIM tray is on the left. At the bottom you will find the speaker grill and the micro USB port for charging the 3,000 mAh battery. On the back is the rear facing camera along with the flash and the fingerprint reader.

Display

The Huawei P10 lite comes with a Full HD 5.2-inch IPS display and 2.5D glass. According to my testing the display is capable of 445 nits of brightness and according to the specs it has a contrast ratio of 1500:1. That 1,920×1,080 resolution yields a very decent 423 pixels per inch.

The display is plenty bright enough for indoors and it is still usable outdoors, however at only 445 nits it could struggle in very bright direct sunlight. You can change the color temperature of the display in the Settings menu to be a little warmer or cooler to better suit your tastes, but for me the default settings were good enough.

Overall the display is crisp and vibrant and certainly a plus point in this “lite” version of the P10.

Hardware and performance

The Huawei P10 lite features an in-house Kirin 658 SoC built on 16nm FinFET. It is a slightly beefed up version of the Kirin 650 found in the Huawei P9 lite. It has an octa-core CPU configuration with four Cortex-A53 cores, clocked at 2.36 GHz and another four clocked at 1.7 GHz. The chip also features a Mali-T830 MP2 GPU.

There are two variations of the device, depending on the particular model and region. There’s a 32 GB version with 3 GB of RAM and another 32 GB version with 4 GB of RAM. It seems that Western Europe, Northern Africa, Southeast Asia, and APAC get the 4 GB version, while the rest of the world gets the 3 GB version.

Most of the models have dual-SIM support with the second SIM supporting 2G only, however there is one model that takes just a single SIM. Regardless, all models have a microSD card slot.

Although the Cortex-A53 is designed more for power efficiency than peak performance, the P10 lite still feels fast and fluid. The UI animations are smooth, apps open and close quickly, and with 4 GB of RAM multi-tasking is a breeze.

2D games work well on this device and it can also manage 3D games, however the GPU will be under powered for those looking to play complex 3D games at high frame rates.

In terms of the benchmarks, the Huawei P10 lite scored 901 on Geekbench’s single-core test and 3310 for the multi-core test. That is on par (if not slightly better) than other octa-core Cortex-A53 based processors like the Snapdragon 625, which you find in phones like the Huawei Nova and the Moto G5 Plus.

For AnTuTu, the P10 lite scored 61164, which places it in the company of older phones like the LG V10, the Nexus 5X and the Samsung Galaxy S4. A flagship P10 gets over 132,000 for AnTuTu, so you can reckon that the P10 lite has about half the performance of today’s leading high-end devices or the same performance as a flagship device from 2 years ago.

As for Epic Citadel, the device manages 46.6 frames per second in Ultra High Quality mode, which is actually higher than I was expecting considering the GPU in the Kirin 658 only has two shader cores.

The fingerprint reader on the P10 lite is very good. To be honest I have come to expect nothing less from Huawei. The fingerprint reader on the P10 is excellent and the P10 lite has followed suit. Since the fingerprint reader is on the back, you can wake and unlock your phone just by putting your finger on the reader. You can also use the fingerprint reader to trigger the shutter while taking photos, as well as use it to swipe left and right when viewing photos in the gallery, or to answer a call.

The Huawei P10 lite features a single speaker on the bottom edge, next to the micro USB port. The speaker is quite loud and the sound is reasonable considering it isn’t a front facing speaker. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was very little distortion at full volume, something I frequently hear on other mid-range phones.

The P10 lite has a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery, which is a great plus point when you consider how sleek Huawei have made this device. I ran Epic Citadel to test the battery life while playing 3D games. According to my calculations you will be able to play 3D games for around 4 hours from a full charge. As for simpler tasks like browsing or watching video you will get at least 8 hours.

Overall you will be able to get through a full day without needing to reach for the charger. You should get between 5 and 6 hours of screen-on time during a 24 hour period for mixed activities like 3D gaming, web browsing and taking photos.

When it comes to battery charging, the P10 lite supports quick charging and the supplied charger is a rated as high as 18W ( 9V/2A). To go from 10% to 100% takes 87 minutes with the final 22 minutes accounting for the last 10% (from 90% to 100%). To get to 50% from 10% takes around half an hour.

Software

The Huawei P10 lite runs Android 7.0 out of the box, complete with Huawei’s Emotion UI 5.1. The biggest gripe that people seem to have with EMUI is the lack of an app drawer, however that should no longer be an issue as Huawei has included the ability to change the home screen to include an app drawer!

For those of you unfamiliar with EMUI, the general look-and-feel is different to stock Android with Huawei’s own launcher and a re-designed settings page. However besides the UI changes there are lots of additional features that you don’t get with stock Android including motion gestures, a floating dock, voice control, a one-handed mode and Huawei’s own take on the “do not disturb” mode.

Under motion gestures you can enable motions like “flip to mute” and “raise to ear” to answer calls. There is also the familiar Knuckle gestures which allow you to take a screenshot by double tapping the screen with your knuckle, or drawing a letter to open an app. Both types of knuckle gesture can be disabled if you find they misfire.

Since the P10 lite uses on-screen keys, Huawei has added the ability to customize the order of the navigation buttons. By default the back button is on the left and the recent apps is on the right. However this can be reversed to Samsung’s (old) way of doing things if you prefer. It is also possible to add a fourth button for opening the notification panel. Tapping the icon is the equivalent to dragging the notification shade down from the top.

Huawei has included a basic battery manager which can detect power-intensive apps as well as optimize the phone’s settings for better battery life (screen brightness etc). There is also a power saving mode which limits background app activity and reduces some of the visual effects. Plus there is an ultra power saving mode which gives you access to a basic launcher and just a few essential apps like phone and messaging.

Camera

You get a 12 MP rear camera with a 1.25 micron pixel size on a 1/1.28 inch sensor. While Huawei claims things like “20 percent more light” the truth is that a 1/1.28 inch sensor is tiny, even by smartphone standards. Having said that, I am impressed with the photos this device can take, especially those in good day light conditions. As expected, the camera struggles in lower lighting, but not as badly as I had feared. The images can be grainy and colors often appear more muted than in better lit conditions.

Apart from the more standard modes like HDR and Panorama there are lots of camera modes available including a full manual mode, which offers greater control over ISO, exposure and shutter speed. Other modes include time-lapse, slow-mo, and watermark. Huawei also added a light painting mode, that lets you capture light trails created by things like moving cars, or the stars in the sky. The effect can be really cool, but does require very steady hands, or a tripod mount, to get the shot to look the way you’ll want it.

The 8 MP front-facing camera is also solid enough, and should make selfie junkies happy. You will find a standard beautification mode available, plus the Perfect Selfie mode, which allows you to tinker with your selfie portraits with options to enlarge your eyes and thin your face!

My biggest complaint I have had with previous Huawei devices is that the camera app didn’t rotate all the UI elements when you move from portrait to landscape. The good news is that this has been (mainly) fixed with the P10 lite (and also with the P10).

Since this is a budget-friendly phone there is no Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) or 4K video.

Here are some sample photos to help you judge the camera for yourself:

Specifications

 Huawei P10 lite
Display5.2-inch LCD 1920 x 1080 resolution
ProcessorKirin 658, 16nm Octa-core (4 × 2.1GHz + 4 x 1.7GHz) + i5 co-processor
GPUMali T830 MP2
RAM3GB RAM / 4GB RAM (WEU, Northern Africa, Southeast Asia, APAC only)
Storage32GB
MicroSDYes
CamerasRear: 12MP, 1/2.8 inch sensor and 1.25 µm single pixel. PDAF and CAF auto-focus. Front: 8MP
Battery3000 mAh (typical) 18W fast charge, 9V 2A
Water resistantNo
Connectivity etcBluetooth 4.1 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz (WEU, Japan, Korea) GPS Fingerprint senor

Micro USB

NFCYes (only two models only - WAS-LX1A, WAS-LX1)
SoftwareAndroid 7.0 Nougat EMUI 5.1
ColorsGraphite Black/Sapphire Blue/Pearl White/Platinum Gold
Dimensions and weight146.5 x 72 x 7.2 mm 146 g

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Wrapping up

The Huawei P10 lite certainly ticks a lot of the right boxes for a mid-range device. It’s thin, has a good sized battery, and offers reasonable performance, all on a budget. Also the ability to enable an app drawer should help EMUI find greater acceptance. The software offers some good extra features and having 4 GB of RAM is nice. While it doesn’t have a dual camera setup, the included camera is certainly usable especially in good lighting.

Overall I would say if you are looking for a phone on a budget then it is certainly worth considering the Huawei P10 Lite.

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