Today Huawei announced the immediate availability of the P10 Selfie, also known in other markets as the Huawei Nova 2 Plus. It is a Premium Medium Range or Medium-High Range Smartphone, and it is something that is clearly noticeable from the moment we unpack the equipment. The smartphone has a colored aluminum metal body (the version I am testing is black). On the front we have a 5.5 Full HD LCD screen.
P10 Selfie: Features
I loved the Nova Plus from last year. I even consider it superior to the Moto Z Play (a team that is in the same range) as it offered a better photographic experience and gave us the same battery life. This year, Huawei has chosen to use its own processor, the Kirin 659 instead of the Snapdragon 625. The Snapdragon 625 was notorious for the excellent autonomy it offered us, so it will be interesting to see how well this phone behaves with respect to durability. On the other hand this ao we have a jump in storage and RAM, giving us 64 GBS to save files and 4 GBs of RAM; nothing to envy the high-end. As for processor performance, in Geekbench I got a 910 in Single Core and 3178 in Multi-Core, results very similar to those of the Snapdragon 626 that brings, for example, the Moto Z2 Play, so expect a very similar performance between the two .
P10 Selfie: Cameras
Where the P10 Selfie stands out, though, is in its front camera.. As its name says, The selfie camera is very important in this equipment, so Huawei has put a 20 megapixel sensor on the front. Without neglecting the back, Huawei has put two cameras too; a 12 Megapixel Wide Angle, and an 8 Megapixel with a 2X equivalent Optical Zoom. Both lenses have an f / 1.8 aperture which should go a long way in low light situations. Unfortunately, neither lens has optical image stabilization (OIS). But remember that we are dealing with a premium mid-range phone, so it amazes me how much Huawei has been concerned in the photographic aspect with these phones.
P10 Selfie: Others
The P10 Selfie also has sound profiles / equalizers that give us a 3D stereo effect when we use headphones connected via the 3.5mm port (because yes, it still does). In addition, it brings aptX support to improve the sound quality via Bluetooth.
The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back that is quite fast, and a USB-C port for charging. The port uses Quick Charge technology, not the Mate 9/10 and P10's Super Charge, to charge its 3,340 mAh battery. Still, it is good to see that the team incorporates quick charge to be able to stay active all day.
On the other hand, one aspect that has changed a lot is the look of the phone. The P10 Selfie looks much more rounded, more curved than the Nova Plus – the previous version. And yes, it looks a lot like the iPhone 7 in aesthetics (and in color). Which of course is not a bad thing. The phone, as well commented on Huawei, seems a cousin of the P10 and P10 Plus: it has enough similarities, but enough peculiarities to differentiate it from the others.
In short, the P10 Selfie definitely targets a younger audience, concerned with generating content, but also consuming it. The phone has left me with a very good first impression. It has little or nothing to envy to high-end phones and, like its predecessor, the Nova Plus, continues to bridge the gap between mid-range and high-end phones.
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