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Our First Potential Look at the Huawei P10

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Huawei intends to unveil the P10 at MWC this year, but it wouldn’t be a proper launch if the internet didn’t go ahead and provide a few renders of what we might see. 

According to renders posted to 91mobiles, the P10 will be somewhat similar to the P9 in terms of overall looks, but there will be at least one major change in 2017. As we see in the renders, the fingerprint reader will be placed on the bottom frontside, instead of being on the backside — similar to the OnePlus 3T and other devices.

On the back, we still see dual rear-facing cameras, plus what’s either phase detection or some type of laser auto focus. On the bottom, the P10 appears to sport USB Type-C, plus a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Last year, we absolutely adored the P9’s hardware, but the software made it nearly impossible for us to use it over the longterm. This year, we are hoping to see the much better EMUI 5.0 skin atop Nougat. Fingers crossed.

What are your initial thoughts on the renders?

Via: 91mobiles
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  • exvirgo

    I will buy this if I can unlock the bootloader.

  • Me

    Looks pretty unique

  • Peter Stover

    So 2015 called…

  • ChrisI

    Sure starting to feel like everything is just a Sammy or iPhone clone. Yay innovation.

  • calculatorwatch

    That design is soooo 2016.

    Seriously though, everyone else is slimming down top and bottom bezels and Huawei seems to be going bigger with this design.

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  • DER

    Maybe it will work on Verizon?

  • BigFonz

    Man, I sent you guys an email a while back. I have a Huawei P9 Plus at home. That looks to be some kind of prototype.

  • RocketFeathers

    Kewl. Will it get updates though.

  • cjohn4043

    I swear I feel like Huawei puts out the same phone every other month.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    N6P back with Galaxy S7/HTC One/Oneplus 3T front. I know that there is so much you can do with a rectangle shaped phone but that’s so 2015/2016.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’m starting to prefer the fingerprint sensor on the front. Works better in almost all scenarios for me.

    • BobButtons

      For me it’s hit and miss. Yeah, great, I can use it when it’s on a surface.. but that’s cancelled out by the need for me to readjust my grip if I want to take out the phone, unlock it, and then use it all one handed. Holding the phone so I can comfortably hit the sensor and then changing grips to make it not top heavy and be able to reach most of the screen is a cumbersome change.

  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    its time for these companies to come up with a different phone design, this is getting played out. I would def throw this in my pocket as my daily driver: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2644231f9e3ca528d011e17d76f041d11656961b5f03c45820244b84b328f475.jpg

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Is that a tennis racket in your pocket? Or are you just happy to see me?

      • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        its my “50 shades of black & blue” phone.

        • sinfoman

          I like this design, but it would be nearly useless for video, and app developers would have a CONNIPTION trying to fit their iOS ports into it…

    • BobButtons

      No flat tire, no deal.

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  • SA_NYC

    Legit question I don’t know the answer to: is there a reason other than ‘differentiation’ that OEMs, and especially smaller ones, don’t go vanilla Android? (I get that Huawei isn’t a small OEM, but they are in terms of the North American premium device segment.) Skins cost real money to develop, and I would have to think that even most OEMs by now understand that people aren’t super-keen on them, or at the very least, don’t have a strong preference over pure Android. So skins seem to be a lose/lose proposition: they cost the OEMs money and make the user experience worse, to no appreciable benefit (does Huawei actually think anyone buys one of their devices for EMUI?).

    So why do smaller OEMs do it? Is there some technical challenge with pure Android, or something else I’m missing?

    • Suicide_Note

      If people weren’t keen on the skins, then they wouldn’t buy the phones. Samsung is a perfect example of this.

      Folks like ourselves who frequent these tech sites are a very small percentage of the buying public.

      • SA_NYC

        Yeah but while I get Samsung going for the differentiation factor, and maybe even an improved user experience, Sammy is a giant with the resources to throw at it. That makes sense (at least arguably). But the non-major OEMs pretty much universally produce garbage skins, which I simply can’t imagine people are buying phones for. (People are buying the phones for other reasons: hardware, pricing, simple availability, whatever.) So why not just go with pure Android, save the skin-dev money (including future updates), win acclaim from experts like this site, and give customers a great experience?

        • wow

          Hella good point you make there and I’ve had the exact same question for a long time. UI Skin for UI Skin-sake just seems stupid. But everyone keeps doing it….

          • SA_NYC

            Let’s you and I go into business doing exactly that: making Android phones that are actually Android (imagine that!). Heck, we could maybe just white-label someone else’s crappy-skinned phone, like this Huawei, revert to stock, and off we go.

      • BobButtons

        A skin can be seen as a fault without being a deal breaker. A good number of Galaxy owners, not to mention all the 3rd party launcher installers, make this point all too often.

    • bose301s

      I know you said you realize Huawei isn’t small but I’m not sure you realize how big they are, they are the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world after Samsung and Apple, they definitely have the resources etc to make a skin.

      • Jozef Dodži Mikuláš

        that skin still makes for worse experience though

        • SA_NYC

          Exactly, sure they can, and do, make a skin, but it’s been panned pretty universally as terrible. I get that the average consumer doesn’t know not to buy as a result but it still seems a pointless process: spend lots of money to provide everyone a worse experience.

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  • Alfu Conteh

    Hopefully the software will be better polish this time

    • Mike Gonzalez

      have you ever tried a Huawei P9 in first place? cuz it works flawlessly