Huawei launches Leica-powered P10 and P10 Plus phones in Singapore

The P10 is a svelte phone with a 5.1-inch display, while the P10 Plus sports a 5.5-inch display.ST VIDEO: LESTER HIO
The P10 will be available from April 1 at $798 (64GB storage and 4GB memory).
The P10 will be available from April 1 at $798 (64GB storage and 4GB memory).PHOTO: HUAWEI

SINGAPORE - Huawei launched its new P10 and P10 Plus smartphones on Friday (March 31) at an event at Ion Orchard.

The company has doubled down on its collaboration with camera maker Leica with its new phones. In addition to a dual Leica camera setup at the rear, the P10 phones also has a front Leica camera. This 8-megapixel shooter has a brighter sensor and larger aperture lens for better selfies.

The rear cameras consist of a 20-megapixel monochrome lens and a 12-megapixel colour lens. This dual-lens setup makes it possible to take photos with a bokeh effect where the background is blurred out. A new Leica-branded portrait mode creates this bokeh effect and combines it with a beauty mode that enhances facial features.

Both phones have an identical design with the P10 having a smaller 5.1-inch screen and a 3,200mAh battery compared to the P10 Plus' 5.5-inch display and 3,750mAh battery. Unlike last year's Huawei P9, the fingerprint sensor is now at the front of the P10 phones. The P10 also comes in more colours.

Powering the phones is Huawei's latest octa-core Kirin 960 chip. They run on Huawei's EMUI 5.1 software based on the Android 7.0 Nougat mobile operating system.

The P10 will be available from Saturday at $798 (64GB storage and 4GB memory) while the P10 Plus will go on sale from April 15 at $998 (128GB storage and 6GB memory).

They will be available at Ion Orchard this weekend for consumers to try out.