The Huawei P10 packs a 5.1" IPS-NEO LCD panel by JDI, a 0.1" smaller than the P9's display. The resolution stays the same at 1080p, but the pixel density rises up to 432ppi. The pixel density of 432ppi is more than enough for achieving an excellent mark in sharpness.
The Huawei P10 screen is protected by a piece of Gorilla Glass 5 with 2.5D edges, which should be enough to prevent any scratches. Some markets may be getting the P10 with an additional pre-applied screen protector, as was the case with our unit.
Huawei has promised a maximum brightness of 600 nits for the P10's screen, and our test found that the company has delivered on its promise. The IPS NEO screen panel is supposed to offer deeper blacks than usual. In this regard, we've seen better but the P10 is up there with the best. The contrast is excellent as well at 1423:1.
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Regarding color reproduction accuracy, the P10 screen is less than stellar with an average deviation (DeltaE) of 6.5. Some of the colors are a bit colder (blueish) than they should be, and you can achieve better color accuracy (DeltaE of 4.8) by opting for the Warm color tone from the P10's Settings menu.
The P10's display demonstrated great potential for outdoor use in our sunlight legibility test. A score of 3.379 is a very good achievement for an LCD panel and emphasizes a strong point of the IPS NEO tech.
The Huawei P10 is powered by a 3,200 mAh battery, sealed as expected. The phone ships with a beefy charger capable of outputting 5V/4.5A, 4.5V/5A, and 5V/2A, with the maximum power of 22.5W exceeded only by Oppo with their VOOC chargers (some of them 25W).
Now, similarly to Oppo's phones, to achieve these crazy numbers you need to use the P10's charger together with the P10's USB cable. Swap just the cable with another one and you'll be down to 5V/2A, which is still not the worst-case scenario - swap the charger, too, and you may as well drop to vanilla charging speeds used by the Apple iPhone (5V/1A).
So, if you use what Huawei has supplied you within the P10's box, you get from 2% (that's the lowest point before the device powers off) to 55% in just 30 mins.
Huawei P10 posted a very good score of 75h, and it performed admirably across all of our test routines - video, call, web, and standby. This score means it will last you north of three days if you use it for an hour of calls, an hour of web browsing, and an hour of video playback each day.
We should mention some of the default apps such as Chrome, Messages, Phone, lower the brightness automatically even when we have explicitly set the slider at 200 nits. So, we had to tweak the brightness specifically in those apps. It's the first time we see such inexplicable behavior on any phone.
The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.
The Huawei P10 supports LTE-Advanced with 3-carrier aggregation, Cat.12 LTE for theoretical speeds up to 600Mbps down and 150Mbps up, 20 LTE bands, six 3G bands, and the usual quad-band 2G.
There's full-fledged Wi-Fi support - a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, with Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot support. You also get Bluetooth v4.2 for peripherals, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo for positioning, and NFC for, well, near field communication, right.
The Type-C USB port only adheres to the USB 2.0 spec (480Mbps theoretical) and not USB 3.0 or 3.1. It's not your average Type-C port either, as it has two more contacts for the SuperCharge tech, but those don't interfere with using standard-spec Type-C accessories.
There's also an analog 3.5mm headphone jack too. What the Huawei P10 lacks (and that may be nitpicking) is FM radio support and an IR blaster.