Huawei P10 Lite review: Travel light

GSMArena Team, 1 June 2017.

Gallery with Quick

EMUI 5.1 comes with an updated Gallery app. GoPro has partnered with Huawei to bring the Quik video editing app into EMUI's Gallery. With EMUI 5.1, Quik is responsible for all Highlights and custom video edits.

The gallery defaults to a timeline, which sorts your images by the date you've taken them. The pinch gesture is available for setting thumbnail size. You can opt for the standard Album view with all of your images sorted in different albums, and you can also have hidden albums, though that's more of an organizational tool than a privacy one - they are there when you hit hidden albums.

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Gallery

Highlights is a new gallery feature. By that we mean it isn't new for Android but is now making its way to EMUI's default gallery app. While your phone is idle, the gallery will index your photos and sort them by places and people. GoPro's Quik integration generates video highlights from your best moments. It can detect faces and frame the picture accordingly, or it can even sync the whole video with the music's beat. All of these new features are available in the new Discovery tab.

Opening a single image lets you quickly delete or rotate it, as well as gives you a host of sharing options. The info icon up top gives some detailed information about the image, including a histogram.

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Viewing a single image

The built-in editor is also capable. It offers nifty light and exposure adjustments, including shadows and highlights. To top off the manual controls, there are also levels. If you prefer a more automated approach, there are quite a few filters (more than Instagram and Prisma combined) and beauty enhancements.

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The image editor is quite capable

Video Player

By contrast, the video player is pretty basic. It still gets the job done, but the only extra features you really get are playback speed and a hovering windowed mode.

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Simple video player

Music Player

The P10 Lite has a stylish Music app pre-installed. It offers four default playlists - songs, artists, albums, folders. You can create your playlists, too. The background of the app changes dynamically to match the album art, which is a nice little touch.

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The music player

The Now Playing screen is fairly standard, it offers album art and lyrics. If you're especially into lyrics, you can have them overlaid on top of the homescreen.

Interestingly enough, we couldn't find any audio mixer adjustments. You can only opt for SWS ("Super Wide Sound," a proprietary virtualization tech similar to DTS) setting on or off.

FM radio

Huawei P10 Lite has FM radio on board. It doesn't do RDS, though (the feature that displays station name and other info). The app can play through the loudspeaker (it still needs the headset as an antenna) and you can have it close on schedule.

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FM radio All stations

Audio is excellently clear, but too quiet

When plugged into an active external amplifier, the Huawei P10 Lite delivered excellently clear output with no sub-par readings whatsoever. Unfortunately its volume levels were pretty low, preventing it from getting a perfect mark.

Plugging in a pair of headphones tells a similar story - the degradation is barely noticeable and the output is once again very accurate. The volume continues to disappoint though, so if you are the kind to appreciate listening to music at full blast on high-impedance headphones, you might not enjoy this one.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Huawei P10 Lite+0.04, -0.02-88.288.60.0110.021-84.3
Huawei P10 Lite (headphones attached)+0.13, -0.05-87.487.70.0140.084-75.9
Oppo F3 +0.09, -0.03-93.793.50.00550.0099-93.5
Oppo F3 (headphones attached)+0.52, -0.19-87.688.60.00810.396-51.7
Huawei Honor 8 Pro+0.04, -0.01-93.395.00.00180.0075-93.3
Huawei Honor 8 Pro (headphones attached)+0.15, -0.02-92.694.20.00230.100-63.9
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)+0.05, -0.28-91.992.20.00370.051-90.3
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) (headphones attached)+0.18, -0.05-91.091.60.0190.230-57.9
OnePlus 3T+0.03, -0.01-94.394.30.00340.0063-93.4
OnePlus 3T (headphones attached)+0.53, -0.30-92.993.00.0170.434-49.7
Huawei P10 Lite frequency response
Huawei P10 Lite frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

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...