Huawei P10 Lite review: Travel light

Travel light

GSMArena Team, 1 June 2017.

Display

The Huawei P10 Lite packs a 5.2" LTPS IPS LCD panel, a .1" bigger than the P10's display. The resolution stays the same at 1080p, but the pixel density dips down to 424ppi. The resolution is more than enough for achieving an excellent mark in sharpness at this screen size.

Huawei P10 Lite review

Huawei does not mention the type of protective screen glass used for the P10 Lite, so we can't confirm its strengths or weaknesses. It has 2.5D edges and at least looks cool, so there is that. Some markets may be getting the P10 Lite with an additional pre-applied screen protector, but that wasn't the case with our unit.

Huawei has promised an excellent 1500:1 contrast for the P10 Lite's screen, and our test found that the company has delivered on its promise. The IPS LCD panel offered deep blacks and superb maximum brightness of 560 nits leading to the excellent contrast ratio of 1595:1.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Huawei P8lite 0.45 362 802
Huawei P9 Lite 0.42 497 1192
Huawei P10 Lite 0.351 560 1595
Huawei P10 0.416 592 1423
Sony Xperia XA1 0.512 537 1049
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 0.475 528 1112
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 0.322 484 1503
OnePlus 3T 0 447
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 0 413
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) max auto 0 559
Oppo F3 0.364 449 1234
vivo V5 0.466 476 1021

Regarding color reproduction accuracy, the P10 Lite screen is less than stellar with an average deviation (DeltaE) of 6.4. The whites and grays are a bit on the cool side (blueish), but you can achieve better color accuracy (DeltaE of 4.5) by opting for the Warm color tone from the P10 Lite's Settings menu.

The display on the Huawei P10 Lite demonstrated average performance in our sunlight legibility test. This means you should probably use the excellent maximum brightness when using it outdoors.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    2.378
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Battery life

The Huawei P10 Lite is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, which is sealed up. The phone ships with a charger capable of outputting 5V/2, and 9V/2A, which means a maximum power output of 18W.

Using this charger, a 30-minute charging session will re-fill from 0 to 37% of the battery. A full recharge requires up to two and a half hours.

Huawei P10 posted an endurance rating of 62h. That's an average number and we expected more out of the 16nm chipset. Its performance in the individual test routines - video, call, and web - were quite promising but it was let down by its relatively higher power draw in standby.

Huawei P10 Lite review

Our endurance rating stands for how long a single battery charge will last you if you were to use the Huawei P10 Lite for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern as they are common day-to-day tasks and it allows our battery results to be comparable across devices. 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.

Connectivity

The Huawei P10 Lite is a dual-SIM phone (using a hybrid slot means you have to lose the extra line if you need to expand the storage with a microSD card). It offers speedy LTE Cat. 6 for up to 300Mbps down and up to 50Mbps up.

The phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n for 2.4GHz and 802.11a/n and ac for 5GHz (it's dual band Wi-Fi). In contrast, the Huawei P8 lite (2017) has dual band Wi-Fi support too, but not 802.11ac.

The rest of the connectivity options on the Huawei P10 Lite include Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, and... even an FM radio. There is no IR blaster though.

Wired connectivity is handled by microUSB 2.0 port. There's no Type-C here like the flagship P10 has. USB On-The-Go is supported so you can connect peripherals. There's no wired TV-out option, but this option is obsolete when you have DLNA support anyway.

Finally, there's a 3.5mm headphone jack and the phone comes bundled with a pair of earbuds.

Reader comments

  • Kiko

I was using it about 12 months and the battery died, when you use the original charger does not always fast charge your phone sometimes it does sometimes it does not it have in-built module for its decision, my advice never use quick charger and d...

  • Lukas Joseph

A good phone

  • Mel

I highly recommend this phone. I have had my p10 lite for over a year now. Never had a problem with it. The battery life is long, especially with power saving modes. I like to use ultrapower saving mode with wifi/data off, while I sleep so I can stil...