If you are considering the P10 Plus over its smaller sibling, chances are that the bigger 5.5-inch display is a significant factor in that equation.
The 5.5-inch IPS-NEO LCD panel has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, which at 540ppi is definitively sharper than the 1080p P10. Still, there are also the well-known downsides that come with a higher resolution display, like a bigger strain on the GPU and lower battery endurance. But, we'll cover that in the performance chapter.
One thing we definitely can't overlook though is the surprisingly frequent ghosting we experienced on the P10 Plus. There're definitely some issues with the screen's response time. Display brightness seems to play some part in the equation as well; with lower settings, the issue is bigger, and at max brightness it's hardly visible. When you scroll through lists of text items, like emails or even menu entries on the P10 Plus, you can see a very noticeable halo effect left behind moving shapes and text.
The regular Huawei P10 doesn't exhibit this behavior. Frankly, we haven't experienced this type of issue on any other recent phone. It may even be specific to our review unit.
Other than that, the panel seems to be pretty decent in terms of contrast and brightness. The regular P10 seems to outshine it a bit at 100% pure white, but in daily use to an untrained eye, they look about equal.
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The P10 Plus' screen isn't particularly great in terms of color reproduction. There is a very noticeable blue tint in the image, quite reminiscent of early OLED units. Color calibration is pretty uniformly off for most colors with an average deltaE of 5.5 and a maximum of 9.3 in the default color mode. Switching over to the Warm preset does yield better accuracy - an average deltaE of 4.1 and a maximum of 5.8.
There are manual settings available which may further improve the color accuracy. However, you won't be able to do much better with the naked eye without a colorimeter.
Sunlight legibility is pretty good, especially for an LCD. The P10 Plus remains perfectly usable outdoors - a strong testament to the second merit of IPS NEO panel after the above-average contrast with relatively deep blacks.
The Huawei P10 Plus is powered by a sealed 3,750mAh battery. 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). Low voltage ratings also allow all the internal components to remain cool during charging.
To reiterate our point from a few chapters back, the only real problem with Huawei's fast charging is the proprietary combo of a SuperCharger and cable. Mixing and matching won't break anything, but could leave you charging at 5V/2A or even 1A.
Using the SuperCharger and right cable, we were able to charge the P10 Plus flat to just over 50% in around 30 minutes. Not bad at all.
The P10 Plus managed to score a total of 76 hours in our battery endurance test. That's hardly any better than the P10. So what happened to the extra 550mAh?
We can instantly spot a decrease in browsing endurance - 10:41 hours, compared to the P10's 11:47. This is easily due to the higher resolution screen. On the flip side, when the display is not in play at all during a call, we see a bump in endurance up to 20:25 hours. Video playback seems to be virtually identical, so we can only presume the player is smart enough to run full-screen at 1080p when presented with our 1080p video file.
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.
Just like its little sibling, the Huawei P10 Plus is decked out in terms of connectivity. Its LTE-Advanced modem supports 3-carrier aggregation and is rated at Cat.12, for theoretical speeds of up to 600Mbps down and 150Mbps up. There are 20 LTE standards on the supported list, along with six 3G and four 2G bands, so the phone should feel welcome on almost any carrier anywhere. Huawei also prides itself in providing a higher rate of successful call connections than some unnamed competing products. Even though we didn't test that claim in particular, we find it easy to believe having in mind their expertise in networking.
On the local side of things, you get a dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac module. Also, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, and a versatile GPS receiver, with support for A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo. One thing the P10 Plus has over its sibling is an IR blaster - a convenient little feature, which we appreciate.
The USB Type-C port at the bottom of the P10 Plus definitely gives off a modern vibe. However, Huawei still hasn't moved to USB 3.0 or 3.1 and the Type-C interface supports only the older USB 2.0 standard. OTG is supported, though.
Last, but not least, you also get a good old 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom of the P10 Plus.