Huawei P10 Lite review: Travel light

Travel light

GSMArena Team, 1 June 2017.

Telephony

The EMUI dialer shares a common interface with the contacts app. There are no groundbreaking features here, but there isn't anything missing either.

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Smart dialing Contacts Editing a contact

The dual-SIM settings menu lets you rename cards, disable them from software, and select which one does calls or data by default. The interface leads us to believe that while 4G may be limited to just one card, both get 3G connectivity in addition to 2G, which the specs don't indicate.

The interface is not ideal in that dual SIM settings are in one menu, while the mobile networks are in a different one. You may need to do a little bit of back-and-forth to set things up precisely to your liking - say, to limit the primary card to 3G. 'Primary' as in the default card that gets 4G connectivity - you choose that in dual SIM settings. Then in the mobile networks section you get to pick the preferred network type, but only for this primary card - the other one makes do with the rest of the available radios.

Loudspeaker

Just like the P10 and P9, the P10 Lite has a pretty powerful loudspeaker at its disposal. As expected, the dedicated bottom-mounted speaker turned out to be the quite powerful and produced a Very Good score in our loudspeaker test. It has a clean and rich sound output, and we give Huawei credit where it's due.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia X Compact 64.1 65.1 69.5 Below Average
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 63.1 67.3 71.3 Average
Oppo F3 63.1 68.7 70.4 Average
Sony Xperia XA1 61.7 69.7 71.8 Average
Huawei P8lite 66.5 66.6 75.7 Good
Huawei P9 72.1 66.6 75.6 Good
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 67.3 70.3 81.5 Very Good
Huawei P9 lite 66.0 71.5 83.2 Very Good
Huawei P10 Lite 68.5 72.5 80.1 Very Good
Huawei P10 67.7 70.0 83.6 Very Good
Huawei nova 69.2 71.9 80.6 Very Good
Huawei Mate 9 83.1 74.5 85.0 Excellent

Pre-installed apps

Huawei offers a pretty rich default app package. The Health app is great. It tracks steps and calculates calories burnt, but can also supposedly count the number of floors you've climbed.

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Health

A neat Compass app is available as well. It has level function and AR mode with live coordinates.

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Compass Level AR mode

You also have a ton of basic tools preloaded, including a proper file manager, calendar app, notes, weather, sound recorder, and flashlight.

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File manager Clock Calculator Recorder Torch

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...