Huawei P10 phones mash more data together for better pictures

Last year, Huawei brought its P9 and P9 Plus dual-camera phones to market. Those phones packed a pair of Leica photosensors—one for colors and one for black-and-white—in order to deliver more detailed photos. The company has now released its updated P10 and P10 Plus handsets with a new in-house Kirin 960 SoC, a higher-resolution black-and-white photosensor, and a repositioned fingerprint reader.

The P10 and P10 Plus' back camera sensors also got an upgrade. The monochromatic sensor is now a 20MP unit, while the color sensor is a 12MP offering. The black-and-white sensor doesn't have the Bayer filter required for capturing color images, and Huawei claims it can capture more light than the corresponding color sensor in a given situation. The P10's rear camera has an f/2.2 aperture, while the one on the primo P10 Plus sports a wider f/1.8 aperture. The new phones' cameras also offer a Portrait mode like the one in Apple's latest-and-greatest smartphones. The single front-facing camera is an 8-MP affair.

The most obvious difference between the P10 and its big brother is the screen. The P10 has a 5.1" 1920×1080 display, while the Plus sports a 2560×1440 5.5" unit. Both phones have a feature that shrinks the contents of the screen away from one corner to make the phone easier to use with one hand. The bigger phone also packs a bigger 3750 mAH battery, compared to the 3200 mAH unit in the plain P10.

Both P10s are powered by Huawei's Kirin 960 SoC. Buyers get four ARM Cortex-A73 cores churning at 2.4Ghz, and four lower-power Cortex-A53 cores running a more leisurely 1.8GHz. A Mali-G71 GPU is along for the ride with double the graphics core count of the unit inside the P9. Stepping up to the P10 Plus expands system memory from 4GB to 6GB. Storage options include 64GB and 128GB models, with additional storage via microSD card.

The P10 and the Plus model are both powered by Android Nougat with Huawei's usual EMUI skin over the top of it all. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the face of the phone, where gestures on the sensor stand in for the usual three Android buttons.

Sam Rutherford over at Yahoo says not to look for these phones in the United States, as Huawei reportedly will not bring them here. European gerbils will be able to get their claws on the P10 for 650€ (about $690) or the P10 Plus for 700€ (around $745) when the phones are released in March.

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    • willmore
    • 3 years ago

    WRT light sensitivity, a B&W sensor gets a 3x improvement just by not splitting the area up into RGB pixels. It gets a little more because the filters aren’t perfect to start with. So, it’s easy to believe that it’s 4x more sensitive than a similar resolution/size color sensor.

    • lmc5b
    • 3 years ago

    Why does it seem to me that dual camera is the new “octa-core”? I’m betting it’s just a marketing gimmick with no real world benefit.
    For those who didn’t see the videos of people covering up one of the cameras on Huawei’s previous flagship, let me just say that the pictures looked exactly the same, pure marketing BS.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Sounds like they’re using two cheap and nasty camera units instead of a single decent one, then trying to sell it as a plus point using marketing weasel-words.

      • rechicero
      • 3 years ago

      Actually, it seems like a good idea. The best one I’ve seen for using 2 cameras. Of course it will depend on how they implement it. But the theory of using a B&W with good res and without the filter to max light sensitivity is sound (and the P9 had already this and took great pictures, a bit better (IMHO) better than the IPhone 7 Plus with low light conditions).

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        Fair enough, if it works.

        But why do none of the high-end cameras have multiple lenses and sensors? Perhaps it’s a way of keeping things thin so that they fit into a stupidly thin phone without having a lens bulge.

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