(Update) The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus have been announced at MWC 2017. The P10 Lite has also been introduced.

(Update 20/03/2017): Huawei has been working on a third device in the P10 series. Along with the original P10 and the Plus version, a Lite model has been in the making. The Huawei P10 Lite has a 5.2-inch 2.5D full HD display. It runs on the Kirin 655 chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. The smartphone’s 3000mAh battery utilises fast charging to provide a full charge in 90 minutes. It comes with a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front-shooter; however, unlike the other two P10 devices, the Lite does not have Leica branding.

The P10 Lite is available for pre-order in the UK for £299 and in Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands for €349. The device is expected to ship by the end of March.

(Update 27/02/2017): As predicted, Huawei has announced the P10 and P10 Plus at MWC 2017.

The P10 is featuring a 5.1" IPS-NEO LCD 1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is a full metal-bodied device with some outstanding colour options, such as gold, blue, silver and green. The device is to be shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat and the latest EMUI 5.1 user interface. The chipset on the device is a HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-Core with a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. The device has a 64GB internal storage and 4GB of RAM, all powered by a 3200mAh fast-charge battery. The fingerprint sensor as mounted on the front as standard and the new USB Type-C connector is being incorporated at the bottom of the device. The cameras on the rear of the device are confirmed to be Dual 20MP monochrome and 12MP colour cameras manufactured by Leica optics. As for the front facing camera, a 8MP camera is to be used on the P10.

The P10 Plus features a larger 5.5" IPS NEO-LCD QHD curved-edge display and Corning Gorilla Glass too. Most specifications are the same under the hood, except for a 128GB internal storage with 6GB RAM option available. The battery is a larger 3750mAh battery supporting fast-charging as normal.

Both devices are set to launch in March with a price yet to be confirmed.

(Update 23/02/2017): Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter) has leaked official press photos and renders of the Huawei P10. The first tweet shows the device's front, back, and sides. The images confirm the presence of a fingerprint sensor and dual rear-facing cameras. The optics for the cameras will, again, be provided by leading manufacturer Leica. The device will also be sporting a dual-tone flash. Design-wise the P10's chamfered edges look quite similar to those of the iPhone. Unlike the iPhone, however, the device will be much bolder, featuring Blue, Gold and Green as its colour options.

(Update 21/02/2017): Huawei have just released a teaser video for the device to the public, suggesting the device is only a few days away from formal release. This means, unlike last year's P9 release, the P10 may hit the market during March of this year.

(Update 01/02/2017): New rumours suggest that there may be a version of the device called the P10 Plus which may have a curved edge display and a modified dual-camera. It is also said to be launching on Huawei's latest EMUI5 user interface atop of Android Nougat 7.x. We could possibly see the new device just before MWC 2017 at Huawei's own event.

Release date:

Much like the P9, the P10 will be expected to be announced and released around April of this year.

Operating System:

It is more than likely that the operating system to be featured on the P10 will be the latest version of Android Nougat. It will probably feature Huawei's stripped-down version of the OS, meaning a lot less bloatware than other Android devices.

Design:

There are rumours suggest that the P10 will stick to the design of the P9, being made of a full-metal uni-body and have a redesigned antenna to allow for a slightly slimmer design. However, the fingerprint scanner may be moving from the rear of the device to the front, making it more convenient for a lot of users.

Screen and Camera(s):

A 5.5" QHD display is looking like a prime candidate for the P10, but nothing has been confirmed yet. This would be a good improvement over last year's flagship as a QHD display would make for a much better experience than a standard 1080p HD. For cameras, the dual rear facing cameras are likely to be returning, possibly featuring dual-LED flash as well. Both will most likely be 12MP (possibly one 20MP and the other 12MP) with an 8MP front facing camera.

Specifications and Features:

Under the hood, the P10 is set to be powered by Kirin 960 processor, the same Octa-Core chip that powered the Huawei Mate 9, paired with what could possibly be either 4GB or 6GB of RAM dependent on the variant. The 4GB variant is likely to be paired with either 64GB or 128GB of storage, whereas the 6GB will most likely be reserved for the massive 256GB storage version. A quick charge battery of around 3500mAh and wireless charging are also expected to be present on the phone and we may even see a possibility of waterproofing for the new flagship device. 

Price(s):

The price for the device isn't easy to speculate, but based on the price of the P9 upon launch, the cost of the P10 maybe around £550 ($680 or €640) for the basic variant.

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