Man at His Best

Pushing The Photography Frontier With The Huawei P10 Plus

Tweak the focus for that striking shot.

BY Wayne Cheong | May 8, 2017 | Technology

When Apple produced the iPhone 7 Plus, one of its main selling points was the rear dual-lens camera (12MP wide-angle and telephoto ) that allowed you to create that depth-of-field or bokeh effect in the “Portrait” feature. But it never really hit the mark: you needed to be of a certain distance from your subject; it didn’t fare well under low-light conditions; the Portrait software had trouble with mirrored surfaces; and it was a poor mimic of what a normal DSLR camera could do. 

But then along came a smartphone like the Huawei P10 Plus. Since its partnership with Leica on its smartphone camera lenses, starting with the P9, the collaboration has yielded camera capabilities that have to be seen to be believed. The P10 Plus uses a “Summilux-H” f/1.8 lens (the P10 uses a f/2.2 “Summarit”), and like the iPhone 7 Plus, there are two camera sensors on the back: a 12MP that focuses on colour and a 20MP that focuses on monochromic images. The P10 Plus has a Leica Portraiture Mode, where the two lenses apply 3D face detection on the subject and, along with other considerations, create a bokeh effect in your image. But hold, there’s more: you can further tweak the focus, by emphasising certain items or fore- and backgrounds, even after you take the picture, something that the iPhone 7 Plus can’t. 

Add to that Huawei’s proprietary Kirin 960 processor that jets through whatever operation on the phone like a hot knife through butter, a generous battery life (3750MAH), the 3D Touch feature and more, the Huawei P10 Plus smartphone has taken the lead in the smartphone races. 

Well, at least until the arrival of the Apple iPhone 8.

Huawei P10 Plus (128GB storage and 6GB) retails for SGD998, or if you prefer the Huawei P10 (64GB storage and 4GB memory), it retails for SGD798. They are available at all telcos and authorised Huawei dealers.

This article was first published in the print edition of Esquire Singapore, May 2017.