7 things you need to know about the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

The colourful and powerful P10 might just be the star of this year's MWC

Huawei has launched its new phone at MWC 2017 - or rather phones, because there are two of them.

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are both premium devices which should run the likes of Samsung and LG close when it comes time to crown 2017’s top Android.

Here’s what you need to know about them.

1) There are two of them

You’re nothing if you don’t have two flagship phones these days, and Huawei isn’t about to be left behind on this front, launching the P10 and P10 Plus.

There are a few key differences between them: the P10 Plus, as you might imagine, has a bigger screen with a bigger resolution, a bigger battery, more storage and a slightly better camera set-up. It also has enhanced connectivity, with 4x4 MIMO tech for faster mobile download speeds. 

Other than the size they’re almost identical to look at, though - they get the same design, with no extra curves on the Plus model or anything like that. The Plus does also get an infrared blaster though, which is nice.

2) There's something a bit iPhone about them

As with Apple’s handsets, the P10 and P10 Plus combine a simple, elegant design with a few premium flourishes.

They’re all-metal affairs, with subtly curved edges and a fingerprint sensor/home button down the bottom. Where they go further than the iPhone, though, is in the variety of finishes they’re available in.

There are eight colours, from Mystic Silver to Ceramic White to Graphite Black to both Rose and Prestige Gold. And then there are the two special hues designed in conjunction with colour-specialists Pantone: Greenery and Dazzling Blue.

Dazzling Blue also features the rather lovely ‘Hyper Diamond-Cut Finish’. Before you scream “Marketing fluff!” though, this does actually serve a purpose - although the material is shiny, it’s designed in such a way that it doesn’t attract fingerprints. There’s also a Dazzling Gold colour that uses the same material, while the Ceramic White option is a high-gloss affair.

Got all that? Good, because we’ve really had enough of listing colours now.

3) They’re built for Instagrammers

Or at least that’s what Huawei’s marketing people say. And it’s true that a lot of thought’s been put into the camera. Or rather ‘cameras’, because like the P9 and the Mate 9 before them, the P10 and P10 Plus both have dual sensors round the back.

As with the Mate 9, what you get here is one 20MP monochrome sensor and one 12MP colour sensor. And as with the iPhone 7 Plus, they work together to enable a 2x zoom. That said, the P10 does it in a nicer way, zooming smoothly between 1x and 2x rather than jumping straight from one length to the other.

The double set-up should also help in low light - it’s certainly what we found on the Mate 9 - and of course you can just use it to take arty black-and-white snaps. You hipster, you.

The P10 Plus gets a couple of improvements over the P10. For starters its lenses are f1.8 rather than f2.2, which should help in low light and enable better background blurring, and although both cameras are made by Leica, the Plus gets the ‘better’ (ie more expensive) Leica Summilux glass rather than Summarit.

The front camera is the same on both: an 8MP f1.9 Leica effort with a clever ‘Adaptive Selfie’ mode, which identifies whether you’re taking a single or group selfie then scales the image to fill the frame accordingly. Both phones also feature optical image stabilisation and laser autofocus.