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Huawei P10 Lite Smartphone Review

Manuel Masiero (translated by Mark Riege), 04/15/2017

Clever alternative. The Huawei P10 Lite mid-range smartphone costs only about half as much as the Huawei P10 with a Leica camera, but has otherwise much in common with the high-end meteorite. Our test shows what ultimately is the difference and who should choose which of the P10 models.

For the original German review, see here.

With the P10 Lite, Huawei presents an affordable alternative to its high-range P10 smartphone. Instead of 600 Euros (~$636), the P10 Lite costs only around 350 Euros (~$370). Despite the price reduction, the mid-range test unit has not been slimmed down regardless of the consequences, but instead has gained slightly, that is to say, it has gained in display size. Unlike the Huawei P10 with its 5.1-inch display diagonal, the Huawei P10 Lite shows its Full HD resolution on a 5.2-inch display, without significantly differing from the P10 in height or weight. The smaller sibling can also use two SIM cards simultaneously, a feature that is even lacking in the P10. The excellent build and the current Android 7.0 Nougat operating system together with the EMUI user interface have remained the same. 

As expected, the SoC power has been scaled down: instead of a HiSilicon Kirin 960, the weaker Kirin 658 labors in the Huawei P10 Lite, which however - so much has already been said - still ensures a high system performance. The Leica camera of the Huawei P10 has been omitted from the P10 Lite. As the test shows, what has been introduced instead is not a stopgap solution. With its 12-Megapixel camera, the test candidate succeeds in taking good pictures. 

We let the Huawei P10 Lite compete against the similarly equipped smartphones the Honor 6X, the Huawei Nova Plus, the Lenovo Moto G4 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) that play in approximately the same price league. For comparison, the Huawei P10 is also included.

Huawei P10 Lite (P10 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 424 PPI, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 19.9 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: microSD cards up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Fingerprint sensor, acceleration sensor, brightness sensor, proximity sensor, Gyroscope, compass, USB-OTG, Wi-Fi Direct, Link+Live
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM (850, 900, 1.800, 1.900 MHz), UMTS (850, 900, 1.900, 2.100 MHz), LTE Cat.6 (800, 900, 1.800, 2.100, 2.600 MHz), downloads with up to 300 MBit/s, Uploads up to 50 MBit/s, Nano-SIM, Dual SIM, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.2 x 146.5 x 72 ( = 0.28 x 5.77 x 2.83 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix PDAF, CAF, Sensor size 1/2.8", Pixel size 1,25 µm
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: one speaker at the bottom, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, Micro-USB cable, modular power supply, head phones, quick-start instructions, EMUI 5.1, Google-Apps, Samsung HiCare, HiGame, File manager, Telephone manager, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
146 g ( = 5.15 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 35 g ( = 1.23 oz / 0.08 pounds)
Price
349 Euro

 

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Case

Huawei offers the 5.2-inch P10 Lite in the colors Graphite Black, Sapphire Blue, Platinum Gold, and as in our test unit, Pearl White. Visually, it strongly resembles its high-end Huawei P10 colleague, even if that is slightly smaller at 5.1 inches and possesses a distinctive unique feature with its Leica dual-camera.

In terms of the build quality, both smartphones meet as equals: An aluminium chassis, rounded edges and corners, a glass covered back, practically no gaps, and a slim 7.2-millimeter (~0.28 in) thickness gives the Huawei P10 Lite an appearance and feel worthy of the high-end. The torsional strength is also very high. Although the front glass can be pressed down easily, the smartphone only reacts with a minimal amount of waves forming on the display. 

The Fingerprint sensor of the Huawei P10 Lite is placed on the back and thus can be reached without any problem, even in one-handed operation. In the Huawei P10 the manufacturer pursues a different operating concept, since here the sensor is on the front. 

Huawei P10 Lite
Huawei P10 Lite
Huawei P10 Lite
Huawei P10 Lite
Huawei P10 Lite
Huawei P10 Lite
Huawei P10 Lite
Huawei P10 Lite
Huawei P10 Lite (Foto: Huawei)

Size Comparison

The octa-core SoC and Huawei's home-grown Kirin 658 combined with 4 GB of RAM help the P10 Lite to a high system performance. Apps load quickly and there are no delays, even when many apps are running simultaneously. Thanks to the memory storage specified at 32 GB, of which 20 GB still remains available after all, many apps can be installed. The internal storage can be extended by up to 256 GB via a microSD card. However, installing apps on it will not work, since the microSD card can only be used for storage of photos and other media files.

Unfortunately, the USB port with the USB 2.0 speed and Micro-USB format supports only the basic program. The competitors such as the Huawei Nova Plus and the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), which bring a considerably more convenient USB Type-C port, show that one can do better in the mid-range.

The card slot of the Huawei P10 Lite functions as a hybrid slot: optionally a Nano-SIM card and a microSD card can be inserted, or you can dispense with the memory expansion and insert two SIM cards instead.

Left: Nano-SIM/microSD slot
Left: Nano-SIM/microSD slot
Right: power button, volume rocker
Right: power button, volume rocker
Top: 3.5-mm headset port
Top: 3.5-mm headset port
Bottom: Micro-USB 2.0 port, speaker
Bottom: Micro-USB 2.0 port, speaker

Software

The Huawei P10 Lite uses Android 7.0 Nougat with the in-house EMUI 5.1 user interface, which includes practical features such as an integrated Avast virus scanner. At the time of testing, Google's security patches were as of February 1st 2017, which is still fairly current.

Fortunately, Huawei has exercised a lot of restraint in terms of adding software. "Fortunately," because even with the few pre-installed apps, which apart from the Google apps include a handful of games and apps such as “Asphalt Nitro”, “Spider Man: Ultimate Power”, Instagram, Twitter, and TripAdvisor, the firmware already occupies around 12 GB on the smartphone, which appears to be mainly due to the EMUI and its features. However, with the exception of the Google apps, all the pre-installed apps can be uninstalled.

Communication and GPS

The Huawei P10 Lite supports GSM and UMTS Quadband as well as LTE Cat.6 with the 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz frequencies that are important in the EU area. With a Nano-SIM card including the corresponding LTE data plan, downloads succeed up to 300 MBit/s and uploads up to 50 MBit/s. The smartphone can fit two SIM cards, but only if you sacrifice the microSD card slot. Moreover, you cannot use both cards simultaneously for calls and data services. In WLAN the Huawei P10 Lite communicates via the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards and can use the 2.4 GHz as well as the faster 5 GHz band. To put it to the test, we evaluate the WLAN transfer speed with the Linksys EA8500 router. The Huawei P10 Lite does very well, since not only  does it make good use of the available bandwidth, but also clearly surpasses the Huawei P10. The test unit receives data at 229 MBit/s and increases this to 232 MBit/s when sending. Among the competing devices, the P10 Lite is bettered only by the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), while the Huawei P10 does not exceed 154 MBit/s. The Huawei Nova Plus and the Honor 6X remain far behind since they are limited to the 2.4 GHz band.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Linksys EA8500, 5.0 GHz)
305 MBit/s ∼100% +33%
Huawei P10 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 658, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Linksys EA8500)
229 MBit/s ∼75%
Honor 6X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Linksys EA8500, 2.4 GHz)
54.6 MBit/s ∼18% -76%
Huawei Nova Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Linksys EA8500, 2.4 GHz)
53.4 MBit/s ∼18% -77%
Huawei P10
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Linksys EA8500, 5.0 GHz)
48.8 MBit/s ∼16% -79%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P10 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 658, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Linksys EA8500)
232 MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Linksys EA8500, 5.0 GHz)
225 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
Huawei P10
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Linksys EA8500, 5.0 GHz)
154 MBit/s ∼66% -34%
Honor 6X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Linksys EA8500, 2.4 GHz)
57.9 MBit/s ∼25% -75%
Huawei Nova Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Linksys EA8500, 2.4 GHz)
51.5 MBit/s ∼22% -78%
GPS reception outside
GPS reception outside
GPS reception inside
GPS reception inside

The Huawei P10 Lite quickly finds the current location via GPS and GLONASS. In the test, the smartphone succeeds outside as well as in enclosed rooms with an accuracy of up to 9 meters (~30 ft). In our almost 8 km (~5 miles) bike route where the Huawei P10 Lite has to compete against the professional Garmin Edge 500 navigation system, it proves its practical aptitude once again. Even if it is off the trail in some parts of the route or takes some sidesteps on the way, at the end we measure a distance that is only 270 meters (~295 yd) shorter - this is quite precise for a smartphone.

Huawei P10 Lite: complete route
Huawei P10 Lite: complete route
Huawei P10 Lite: bridge
Huawei P10 Lite: bridge
Huawei P10 Lite: forest
Huawei P10 Lite: forest
Garmin Edge 500: complete route
Garmin Edge 500: complete route
Garmin Edge 500: bridge
Garmin Edge 500: bridge
Garmin Edge 500: forest
Garmin Edge 500: forest

Telephone and Call Quality

The Huawei P10 Lite shows a good voice quality in the test. Calling land lines as well as the Vodafone mobile network, the callers could understand each other well at all times. Dropouts or breaks in the connection did not occur. As expected, the call quality reduces slightly in hands-free speaker mode, which, however, does not give any cause for complaint.

Cameras

Image taken by the main camera (click for original)
Image taken by the main camera (click for original)
Image taken by the main camera (click for original)
Image taken by the main camera (click for original)

Unlike the Huawei P10, there is no Leica camera, but only an ordinary camera sensor in the P10 Lite. However, it still resolves to 12 Megapixel and on top of that, takes really good pictures that can definitely keep up with the images from more expensive smartphones. In the test pictures the detail and dynamic range were fitting. Colors are reproduced realistically, and even in darker areas of the scene there was hardly any noise. The 8 Megapixel webcam also succeeds in taking high quality images. As with the back camera, it can record videos in Full HD at a maximum rate of 30 pictures per second. 

Huawei has adopted the extensive camera menu almost one-to-one from the Huawei P10. Here you clearly notice the influence of the professional camera manufacturer: as well as various modes for different motifs such as HDR, panorama, light-painting, and time lapse, extensive image settings are also available, which among others include smile-recognition and object-tracking that can be added. Those who like to determine the image parameters themselves can change to the Professional Photo mode, where all the important settings such as shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, and white balance can be adjusted.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the zoom step. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

To test the color fidelity of the main camera of the Huawei P10 Lite, we compare a photo of the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport taken under controlled lighting conditions with the actual reference colors. There is no post-processing of the image such as a manual white-balance correction. As the colors on the ColorChecker card show, the Huawei P10 Lite reproduces the original colors quite closely. Apart from the gray tones that are consistently not ideally matched, the smartphone achieves quite a realistic color reproduction. 

To evaluate the image sharpness, we photograph our test chart under controlled artificial light. The Huawei P10 Lite reproduces it very sharp in the center of the image, but the closer we come to the edges, the more it has to struggle with problems. This should not be overrated, however, since even some professional cameras can only reproduce the test chart with frayed and blurry edges.

Photographed ColorChecker colors. The original color is shown in the bottom half of each patch.
Photographed ColorChecker colors. The original color is shown in the bottom half of each patch.
Test chart detail
Test chart detail
test chart (click for original)
test chart (click for original)

Accessories and Warranty

Huawei includes a Micro-USB cable, a modular power supply, and a headset. The manufacturer currently does not offer any specific accessories for their smartphone on their website.

There is a 24-month warranty on the Huawei P10 Lite. The warranty for the battery and power supply are 6 months respectively, and for the earphones it is only 3 months. Independent of that, there is off course the 24-month vendor warranty guaranteed by law on new goods.

Input Devices and Handling

The capacitive touchscreen of the Huawei P10 Lite recognizes up to 10 finger inputs simultaneously and completes its task exactly as expected from a good smartphone screen. While it translates inputs quickly and expeditiously, it is pleasant to the touch with its rounded edges and corners. The two physical buttons on the right side of the case feel high-quality as well. The power button and volume rocker sit inside the chassis without appreciable side-to-side play, work very precisely, and acknowledge input with a discrete click.

The fingerprint sensor works reliably and always unlocked the device on the first try in our tests. Unlike that of its larger sibling, the Huawei P10, it is now located on the back of the device, as was the case with the Huawei P9. Thus its functions, which for example, include taking calls and taking pictures and videos, can also be used comfortably when operating the smartphone with one hand. The fingerprint sensor also supports swipe and tap gestures without having to register a fingerprint. With a swipe down, the notifications can be called, with a double-tap they can be deleted, and with a swipe up the notifications can be closed again. You can comfortably flip through photos with the fingerprint sensor as well, by swiping left or right for the next or previous picture respectively.

As the first Huawei Lite smartphone, the P10 Lite now also supports the knuckle-sense technology, without introducing any new features with this, however. But operating with the knuckle is convenient regardless: a double-knock on the display takes a screenshot. Or alternatively, you can paint an "S" on the display with your knuckle to do this. 

By default, the P10 Lite uses SwiftKey for its onscreen keyboard, which together with auto-correction and an additional number row overlay ensures a brisk operation. Those who do not like the layout can install another keyboard from the app store at any time.

Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

As with the display of the Huawei P10, the IPS display of the P10 Lite has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, but due to its larger form factor (5.2 instead of 5.1 inches) achieves only a marginally smaller pixel density (424 instead of 432 PPI). However, this does not create problems since the contents are also displayed razor-sharp on the P10 Lite, without any individual pixels being detectable. 

With 509.4 cd/m² on average, the P10 Lite offers an impressive brightness. An integrated light sensor ensures that you are not blinded in darker surroundings. Although the Huawei P10 glows almost 10% brighter, it does not illuminate the screen as evenly as the P10 Lite, which achieves a top value for brightness distribution with its 95%. The P10 Lite also does slightly better with the black value (0.36 cd/m²) and in this achieves a strong contrast of 1408:1. Although the values worsen slightly (maximum brightness 484 cd/m², black value 0.37 cd/m²) when the measurements are repeated with a more even and therefore more realistic distribution of light and dark image areas (APL50), they still remain above average. 

Good: In our tests we could not see any flickering caused by PWM. As in the Huawei P10, the P10 Lite also possesses a blue light filter that can be activated to protect the eyes.

525
cd/m²
504
cd/m²
497
cd/m²
522
cd/m²
507
cd/m²
511
cd/m²
517
cd/m²
499
cd/m²
503
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 525 cd/m² Average: 509.4 cd/m² Minimum: 4.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 507 cd/m²
Contrast: 1408:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.1 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 6.1 | - Ø
99.8% sRGB (Calman)
Gamma: 2.28
Huawei P10 Lite
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
Super AMOLED, 1280x720, 4.7
Honor 6X
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Huawei Nova Plus
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Huawei P10
LTPS, 1920x1080, 5.1
Screen
34%
-15%
-7%
-4%
1%
Brightness
509
576
13%
540
6%
481
-6%
589
16%
556
9%
Brightness Distribution
95
94
-1%
94
-1%
90
-5%
87
-8%
86
-9%
Black Level *
0.36
0.57
-58%
0.5
-39%
0.63
-75%
0.43
-19%
Contrast
1408
960
-32%
970
-31%
967
-31%
1272
-10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.1
2.4
53%
5.1
-0%
4.2
18%
3.8
25%
4.8
6%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.1
1.9
69%
6.2
-2%
4.8
21%
3.1
49%
4.5
26%
Gamma
2.28 105%
2.09 115%
2.09 115%
2.36 102%
2.06 117%
2.39 100%
CCT
8143 80%
6502 100%
6546 99%
7568 86%
6725 97%
7194 90%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 59 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 4396 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 89 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (27.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 74 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (43.7 ms).

A bright picture, strong contrast, no individual pixels detectable: Subjectively, there is nothing to complain about in the display performance of the Full HD screen. However, if we examine the screen with the Spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software a little more closely, the odd discrepancy from the norm becomes apparent. This also depends on the selected color temperature that can be determined in the display settings. 

With the default "Standard" color temperature profile selection, the presentation turns out rather cool at 8143 Kelvin, which can be noticed as a slight blue tint. With the "Cool" color temperature profile, this degree of coolness can be further increased. Those who prefer a more balanced presentation need to select the color profile number three: with the "Warm" profile, the P10 Lite is practically on the ideal level (6587 Kelvin, 6500 Kelvin would be perfect) in terms of color temperature, achieving an optimal RGB balance.

With Delta-E deviations that always range between high and very high independent of the selected color temperature, reaching top values of 10 in the grayscale and 7.4 in the mixed colors (values below 3 would be ideal in both cases), we cannot speak about true-color. However, this is not very noticeable or disruptive during operation. 

Mixed colors (Standard color profile)
Mixed colors (Standard color profile)
Mixed colors (Warm color profile)
Mixed colors (Warm color profile)
Mixed colors (Cool color profile)
Mixed colors (Cool color profile)
Saturation (Standard color profile)
Saturation (Standard color profile)
Saturation (Warm color profile)
Saturation (Warm color profile)
Saturation (Cool color profile)
Saturation (Cool color profile)
Grayscale (Standard color profile)
Grayscale (Standard color profile)
Grayscale (Warm color profile)
Grayscale (Warm color profile)
Grayscale (Cool color profile)
Grayscale (Cool color profile)
Color space (Standard color profile)
Color space (Standard color profile)
Color space (Warm color profile)
Color space (Warm color profile)
Color space (Cool color profile)
Color space (Cool color profile)

Because of its IPS display, the Huawei P10 scores with a design-related very high stability of the viewing angles. Even viewing from extremely wide angles, the screen contents remain clearly visible and only dim marginally at most.

The smartphone receives similarly good grades in outdoor usage due to its high brightness. If you avoid having direct sun on the display, its contents remain easily visible outside. 

Using outside
Using outside
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Although it is only a small addition to the name that differentiates the two phones, it stands for an immense performance difference: Unlike the Huawei P10 with its Kirin 960 HiSilicon SoC, the P10 Lite uses the Kirin 658 which is considerably weaker. The SoC that was only introduced in March 2017 achieves a performance that is approximately on par with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which is used in the Huawei Nova Plus, for example. In the synthetic benchmarks both those phones are in a close race with the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) and the Honor 6X, which both fall back a bit overall. The Lenovo Moto G4 Plus comes in last, while, as expected, the Huawei P10 does not need to fear any competition since it plays in another performance league.

AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
60438 Points ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
45549 Points ∼20% -25%
Honor 6X
56764 Points ∼25% -6%
Huawei Nova Plus
64601 Points ∼28% +7%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
45232 Points ∼20% -25%
Huawei P10
140084 Points ∼61% +132%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
3348 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
3292 Points ∼12% -2%
Honor 6X
3341 Points ∼12% 0%
Huawei Nova Plus
3156 Points ∼12% -6%
Huawei P10
6036 Points ∼23% +80%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
874 Points ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
682 Points ∼12% -22%
Honor 6X
788 Points ∼14% -10%
Huawei Nova Plus
845 Points ∼15% -3%
Huawei P10
1935 Points ∼35% +121%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
1592 Points ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
1670 Points ∼56% +5%
Honor 6X
1440 Points ∼48% -10%
Huawei Nova Plus
1773 Points ∼59% +11%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
1045 Points ∼35% -34%
Huawei P10
1902 Points ∼63% +19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
326 Points ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
253 Points ∼5% -22%
Honor 6X
318 Points ∼6% -2%
Huawei Nova Plus
384 Points ∼7% +18%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
327 Points ∼6% 0%
Huawei P10
2409 Points ∼45% +639%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
396 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
312 Points ∼8% -21%
Honor 6X
385 Points ∼10% -3%
Huawei Nova Plus
465 Points ∼12% +17%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
386 Points ∼10% -3%
Huawei P10
2274 Points ∼59% +474%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
1537 Points ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
1699 Points ∼58% +11%
Honor 6X
1433 Points ∼49% -7%
Huawei Nova Plus
1795 Points ∼61% +17%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
1042 Points ∼36% -32%
Huawei P10
2193 Points ∼75% +43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
520 Points ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
407 Points ∼5% -22%
Honor 6X
468 Points ∼6% -10%
Huawei Nova Plus
733 Points ∼9% +41%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
605 Points ∼8% +16%
Huawei P10
2816 Points ∼36% +442%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
610 Points ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
490 Points ∼10% -20%
Honor 6X
550 Points ∼11% -10%
Huawei Nova Plus
844 Points ∼17% +38%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
667 Points ∼13% +9%
Huawei P10
2649 Points ∼53% +334%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
13510 Points ∼20%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
12954 Points ∼19% -4%
Honor 6X
13535 Points ∼20% 0%
Honor 6X
13535 Points ∼20% 0%
Huawei Nova Plus
15823 Points ∼23% +17%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
9527 Points ∼14% -29%
Huawei P10
15341 Points ∼22% +14%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
10603 Points ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
7793 Points ∼2% -27%
Honor 6X
11353 Points ∼2% +7%
Honor 6X
11353 Points ∼2% +7%
Huawei Nova Plus
13412 Points ∼3% +26%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
9773 Points ∼2% -8%
Huawei P10
35964 Points ∼8% +239%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
11135 Points ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
8550 Points ∼4% -23%
Honor 6X
11775 Points ∼6% +6%
Honor 6X
11775 Points ∼6% +6%
Huawei Nova Plus
13882 Points ∼7% +25%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
9717 Points ∼5% -13%
Huawei P10
27692 Points ∼14% +149%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
17 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
12 fps ∼1% -29%
Honor 6X
18 fps ∼1% +6%
Huawei Nova Plus
23 fps ∼2% +35%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
17 fps ∼1% 0%
Huawei P10
69 fps ∼5% +306%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
18 fps ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
19 fps ∼4% +6%
Honor 6X
19 fps ∼4% +6%
Huawei Nova Plus
23 fps ∼5% +28%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
18 fps ∼4% 0%
Huawei P10
55 fps ∼12% +206%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
7.2 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
5 fps ∼1% -31%
Honor 6X
4.6 fps ∼1% -36%
Huawei Nova Plus
9.9 fps ∼2% +38%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
6.6 fps ∼1% -8%
Huawei P10
30 fps ∼6% +317%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
7.7 fps ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
9.8 fps ∼4% +27%
Honor 6X
8.5 fps ∼4% +10%
Huawei Nova Plus
10 fps ∼4% +30%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
7 fps ∼3% -9%
Huawei P10
32 fps ∼14% +316%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
4.2 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
3.2 fps ∼1% -24%
Honor 6X
2.5 fps ∼1% -40%
Huawei Nova Plus
6.2 fps ∼1% +48%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
4.2 fps ∼1% 0%
Huawei P10
24 fps ∼6% +471%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
4.8 fps ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
7.3 fps ∼4% +52%
Honor 6X
4.9 fps ∼3% +2%
Huawei Nova Plus
6.6 fps ∼4% +38%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
4.6 fps ∼3% -4%
Huawei P10
25 fps ∼14% +421%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
5794 Points ∼70%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
5000 Points ∼60% -14%
Honor 6X
4383 Points ∼53% -24%
Huawei Nova Plus
5724 Points ∼69% -1%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
Points ∼0% -100%
Huawei P10
7341 Points ∼88% +27%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
654 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
666 Points ∼43% +2%
Honor 6X
720 Points ∼47% +10%
Huawei Nova Plus
754 Points ∼49% +15%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
10 Points ∼1% -98%
Huawei P10
1077 Points ∼70% +65%
Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
829 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
529 Points ∼6% -36%
Honor 6X
819 Points ∼10% -1%
Huawei Nova Plus
1015 Points ∼12% +22%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
805 Points ∼9% -3%
Huawei P10
4115 Points ∼48% +396%
Memory (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
1592 Points ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
1296 Points ∼30% -19%
Honor 6X
1779 Points ∼42% +12%
Huawei Nova Plus
1553 Points ∼36% -2%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
604 Points ∼14% -62%
Huawei P10
2778 Points ∼65% +74%
System (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
2642 Points ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
2185 Points ∼33% -17%
Honor 6X
2721 Points ∼41% +3%
Huawei Nova Plus
2132 Points ∼32% -19%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
1359 Points ∼21% -49%
Huawei P10
3830 Points ∼58% +45%
Overall (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite
1229 Points ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
1000 Points ∼27% -19%
Honor 6X
1300 Points ∼35% +6%
Huawei Nova Plus
1262 Points ∼34% +3%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
283 Points ∼8% -77%
Huawei P10
2621 Points ∼71% +113%

Legend

 
Huawei P10 Lite HiSilicon Kirin 658, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 6X HiSilicon Kirin 655, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Nova Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei P10 HiSilicon Kirin 960, ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash

In the test, the Huawei P10 Lite turns out to be a fast surfer: websites are rendered quickly and delays are the rare exception. This is also confirmed by the browser benchmarks, in which the smartphone delivers a performance on par with the Huawei Nova Plus and the Honor 6X. Although the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) and the Lenovo Moto G4 Plus have to shed some feathers here, they join in pretty well. For comparison, the Huawei P10 participating again, which is not surprising, is far ahead in the lead here as well. 

Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite (Chrome 55.0.2883.91)
4589 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
3799 Points ∼8% -17%
Honor 6X (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
4199 Points ∼8% -8%
Huawei Nova Plus (Chrome 53)
4730 Points ∼10% +3%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus (Chrome 49)
3656 Points ∼7% -20%
Huawei P10 (Chrome 56)
10236 Points ∼21% +123%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite (Chrome 55.0.2883.91)
8590.8 ms * ∼14%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
9669.2 ms * ∼16% -13%
Honor 6X (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
9373.3 ms * ∼16% -9%
Huawei Nova Plus (Chrome 53)
8027.7 ms * ∼13% +7%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus (Chrome 49)
11102 ms * ∼19% -29%
Huawei P10 (Chrome 56)
3128.7 ms * ∼5% +64%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite (Chrome 55.0.2883.91)
62 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
64 Points ∼11% +3%
Honor 6X (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
73 Points ∼13% +18%
Huawei Nova Plus (Chrome 53)
83 Points ∼14% +34%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus (Chrome 49)
61 Points ∼11% -2%
Huawei P10 (Chrome 56)
136 Points ∼23% +119%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10 Lite (Chrome 55.0.2883.91)
30.047 Points ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
23.281 Points ∼0% -23%
Honor 6X (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
26.464 Points ∼0% -12%
Huawei Nova Plus (Chrome 53)
31.3 Points ∼0% +4%
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus (Chrome 49)
22.8 Points ∼0% -24%
Huawei P10 (Chrome 56)
57.9 Points ∼0% +93%

* ... smaller is better

The Huawei P10 Lite sets a brisk pace reading and writing data. The smartphone manages sequential data transfers in particular in a shorter time than the entire mid-range competition that is running against it. How reading and writing is done in the upper league, the Huawei P10 shows with its extremely fast UFS-2.1 storage. However, none of the smartphones can get up to the top rates of the Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 reference microSD card (read up 95 MB/s, write up to 80 MB/s). The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) and the Lenovo Moto G4 Plus fare best in this.

Huawei P10 LiteSamsung Galaxy A3 2017Honor 6XHuawei Nova PlusLenovo Moto G4 PlusHuawei P10
AndroBench 3-5
-19%
9%
-10%
9%
174%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
32.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
50.06 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
53%
34.53 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
6%
33.32 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
2%
46.92 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
43%
32.19 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-2%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
53.4 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
75.47 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
41%
52.02 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-3%
41.64 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-22%
74.4 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
39%
54.22 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
2%
Random Write 4KB
19.36
9.62
-50%
45.05
133%
30.12
56%
35.79
85%
152.31
687%
Random Read 4KB
72.47
22.32
-69%
39.55
-45%
35.64
-51%
36.32
-50%
168.42
132%
Sequential Write 256KB
129.18
45.96
-64%
73.85
-43%
82.13
-36%
43.48
-66%
189.83
47%
Sequential Read 256KB
264.3
199.68
-24%
283.37
7%
241.57
-9%
271.38
3%
737.65
179%

Games

Equipped with the mid-range ARM Mali-T830 MP1 graphics accelerator, the Huawei P10 Lite brings enough computing power to render the current Android games smoothly to a large extent. “Dead Trigger 2” is such a case: even with maximum graphic detail, we measure a butter-smooth 52 images per second on average. But the test runs with “Asphalt 8: Airborne” show that it does not always run smoothly. The race game that is very demanding on the graphics, stutters considerably with 22 images per second at the maximum graphics detail. However, if you turn down the eye-candy level, the frame rates increase to a smooth 30 images per second; due to an internal limitation in this game, a higher frame rate is not possible anyway. 

The hardware does what it is supposed to do: the position sensor works without a hitch and the touchscreen translates the input precisely. If you hold the Huawei P10 Lite in landscape format, it can happen easily that you accidentally cover the speaker located at the foot of the device.

Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high22 fps
 very low30 fps
in comparison
Lenovo B (min)
 MT6735M, Mali-T720
10
   ...
Honor 5X
 616 MSM8939v2, Adreno 405
21
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
 615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
21
Huawei P10 Lite
 Kirin 658, Mali-T830 MP2
22
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201
 3, GeForce ULP (Tegra 3)
22
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP2
23
   ...
HTC 10 (max)
 820 MSM8996, Adreno 530
48
Dead Trigger 2
 SettingsValue
 high51 fps

Emissions

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

Bearing down on the Huawei P10 Lite with an hour-long stress test, it still only heats up to a maximum of 35 °C (~95 °F) in this (unrealistic) test scenario, remaining in temperature ranges that give absolutely no reason for concern. During everyday app usage and gaming, you might feel a slight warming at most that would hardly reach the maximum of the stress test. 

As the GFXBench battery test that renders the "T-Rex" game scene 30 times in a row shows, because of the low operating temperature of the SoC, performance is also not throttled. Although the performance slows down slightly after around the eighth run, this change is so small that we cannot speak about throttling.

Max. Load
 33 °C30.6 °C30.8 °C 
 34.5 °C31.6 °C34.9 °C 
 33.5 °C31.7 °C34.4 °C 
Maximum: 34.9 °C
Average: 32.8 °C
32.4 °C32.2 °C34.4 °C
32 °C32.4 °C35 °C
31.9 °C32.4 °C34.1 °C
Maximum: 35 °C
Average: 33 °C
Power Supply (max.)  32.5 °C | Room Temperature 21.6 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speaker

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

Even though the mono speaker of the Huawei P10 is not for the true audiophile, it does its work surprisingly well. At 85 dB(A) the sound membrane can become quite loud and does not distort even at the maximum level. But we cannot really talk about listening pleasure, since the sound reproduction is very sharp and makes listening strenuous in the long run. On mid-level volumes, the speaker sounds much better. Then the mids and highs presented are very balanced and overall produce a sound image that is remarkably good. The sound impression is again much better when using the included earphones. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.62929.62528.428.628.43127.729.427.74028.832.828.85028.628.828.66325.72525.78024.925.424.910026.627.726.612534.228.734.216033.521.833.520043.621.843.625048.822.348.83155421.15440058.721.658.750060.921.360.963062.718.162.780065.220.365.2100067.319.667.3125069.419.569.4160073.616.373.6200074.116.174.1250075.715.675.7315075.415.575.4400068.115.468.1500072.615.172.6630074.115.274.1800076.215.176.21000076.815.176.81250070.71570.71600055.815.155.8SPL8529.785N59.61.359.6median 67.3Huawei P10 Litemedian 18.1median 67.3Delta11.63.311.631.636.625.431.525.331.732.931.133.627.131.631.528.429.32729.820.832.62240.821.344.720.85021.254.419.461.219.564.617.769.317.972.717.875.517.372.817.472.416.77117.272.118.272.817.969.117.663.717.760.517.856.717.959.718.15018.245.63082.61.351.2median 17.9Samsung Galaxy A3 2017median 61.21.31231.642.625.437.525.334.632.931.333.630.931.632.428.429.72728.420.829.22231.721.336.920.84621.252.319.455.819.559.117.760.817.966.617.871.517.37517.472.316.772.717.271.618.270.717.967.617.666.617.761.617.856.517.957.118.156.918.242.23081.91.346.3median 17.9Honor 6Xmedian 59.11.311hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Huawei P10 Lite audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 28% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 57% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.63 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 44% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 68% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Honor 6X audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.88 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 59% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 31% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 78% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be checked and unchecked!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Huawei P10 Lite gets its power from a 3000 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery that cannot be removed. Its power consumption could best be described with the attribute "unremarkable": Compared with the competition, it is neither particularly high (maximum 4.9 watts) nor particularly low, but just within the plain average – which need not be a disadvantage. A look at the power consumption of the competitors shows that with its runtime, the Huawei P10 Lite will not reach the level of the runtime specialists such as the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), but on the other hand will easily beat the power-hungry Huawei P10.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.14 / 0.17 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.38 / 1.87 / 1.92 Watt
Load midlight 3.82 / 4.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei P10 Lite
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
2350 mAh
Honor 6X
3340 mAh
Huawei Nova Plus
3340 mAh
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
3000 mAh
Power Consumption
44%
-23%
2%
-30%
Idle Minimum *
0.38
0.37
3%
0.82
-116%
0.49
-29%
0.63
-66%
Idle Average *
1.87
0.78
58%
2
-7%
1.63
13%
1.91
-2%
Idle Maximum *
1.92
0.84
56%
2.03
-6%
1.76
8%
1.96
-2%
Load Average *
3.82
1.52
60%
3.34
13%
2.98
22%
3.88
-2%
Load Maximum *
4.9
2.75
44%
4.92
-0%
4.99
-2%
8.74
-78%

* ... smaller is better

Runtime

With 11:05 hours while surfing and almost 10 hours while playing the H.264 test video, the Huawei P10 Lite achieves good battery runtimes, even if they are not phenomenal. With the exception of the Lenovo Moto G4 Plus, which is overall as enduring as the test unit, led by the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) and the Honor 6X, all the other candidates come out better than the P10 Lite. 

In the in-house competition with the Huawei P10, the P10 Lite just barely loses. Though the power consumption of the larger sibling is considerably higher at times, that is only the case when the SoC is really challenged, such as during gaming or in the last scenario where the app stability test was run. If there are everyday tasks such as web surfing, the Huawei P10 has the edge due to its larger battery. The short charging time, however, speaks for the P10 Lite: it takes barely 2 hours to charge the battery from 0 to the 100% level in our test.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
23h 30min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
11h 05min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 46min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 46min
Huawei P10 Lite
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
2350 mAh
Honor 6X
3340 mAh
Huawei Nova Plus
3340 mAh
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
3000 mAh
Huawei P10
3200 mAh
Battery Runtime
65%
47%
30%
0%
4%
Reader / Idle
1410
2862
103%
2250
60%
2048
45%
1226
-13%
1540
9%
Load
286
532
86%
375
31%
366
28%
201
-30%
176
-38%
WiFi v1.3
665
668
0%
957
44%
820
23%
735
11%
966
45%
H.264
586
988
69%
885
51%
732
25%
775
32%
582
-1%

Pros

+ high-quality build
+ Dual-SIM
+ LTE and NFC
+ very fast 5 GHz WLAN
+ high-quality camera
+ good display
+ decent battery runtimes
+ low heat development
+ no throttling

Cons

- no USB Type-C port
- only hybrid dual-SIM
- App2SD not possible
- bloated firmware
- not every game runs fluidly

Verdict

In review: Huawei P10 Lite. Test unit provided by Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Huawei P10 Lite. Test unit provided by Notebooksbilliger.de

Huawei did not promise too much: The P10 Lite is a real alternative to the expensive, almost 600-Euro (~$636), P10. As with its high-end relative, the mid-range convinces with an excellent build, which makes it look significantly more expensive than one would imagine considering its current street price of around 350 Euros (~$371) at the time of testing. Though the P10 Lite does not have the Leica camera of the Huawei P10, a 12-Megapixel camera that scores with a surprisingly high image quality proves to be a worthy alternative. 

We also liked the bright display and features such as the fast WLAN, LTE Cat.6, as well as the option to operate two SIM cards in the smartphone, even though one has to give up the microSD slot for it. The battery runtimes are reasonable and should last the user through a complete day without any problems. 

If it does not have to be an extra fast processor and Leica camera optics as in the Huawei P10, it is worth taking a look at the Huawei P10 Lite. At 350 Euros (~$371), the mid-range 5.2-inch smartphone offers the most affordable entry into the P10 product series.

Huawei has saved on the USB-2.0 port, which with its older Micro-USB connector instead of Type-C, invites playing the jolly "oh, I got it upside down" game. Unfortunately, apps cannot be installed on the microSD card - a shame, considering the particularly extensive firmware that reduces the 32 GB storage to a mere 20 GB. At least almost all the pre-installed apps can be cleaned off the smartphone to free some storage. There is almost nothing wrong with the SoC performance. "Almost" since when you use the Huawei P10 Lite for gaming, the graphic details possibly have to be reduced for the display to keep running smoothly. 

Huawei P10 Lite - 04/12/2017 v6
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
71 / 75 → 94%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
42 / 60 → 70%
Weight
93%
Battery
92%
Display
86%
Games Performance
21 / 63 → 33%
Application Performance
50 / 70 → 71%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
71 / 91 → 78%
Camera
76%
Average
75%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Manuel Masiero, 2017-04-15 (Update: 2017-04-17)