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Huawei P10

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USB Type-C based Huawei P10 Supports Huawei SuperCharge Fast Charging

With its latest flagship, the P10, Huawei continues what it started with the P8 and P9 where it uses its own brand name rather than a sub-brand like Ascend or Honor. Like the Huawei P9, the Huawei P10 has co-branded its camera technology with Leica and uses a USB Type-C connector.

While the Huawei P9 doesn't make full use of fast charging capabilities through its USB Type-C connector, the Huawei P10 now comes with its own proprietary SuperCharge technology over USB Type-C. Huawei's SuperCharge enables quick charging for the Huawei P10 by providing higher current levels at lower voltages.       

The Huawei P10 is embedded with the newer and faster Huawei owned HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset and runs on Android 7.0. It offers up to 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM depending on the supported model. 

The Huawei P10 brand is mostly strongly promoted in China where you can find it easily in Huawei flagship stores placed in popular shopping areas around in China like this one in Xian.

Unfortunately, Huawei stores in China are not targeting international visitors despite the large number of tourists that visit their stores since they don't accept foreign credit cards.

Ironically, we then had to travel all the way to Japan to purchase the Chinese made Huawei P10 which we got in Bic Camera store in Shin-Yokohama. Unlike many retail stores in China which don't accept foreign credit cards, many of the large electronics stores in Japan welcome all forms of payment including those popular in China and offer GST tax avoidance if you purchase with a foreign passport.

The Huawei P10 came in almost similar packaging as the Huawei P9 that also shows off its partnership with high end German camera maker Leica.

The Huawei P10 has almost the same accessories as the Huawei P9, which also consist of earbuds, power charger, plastic phone cover, and USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable.

The power charger that comes with the Huawei P10 is the Huawei SuperCharger that claims to provide either 22.5 watts (4.5 volts @ 5 amps or 5 volts @ 4.5 amps) to the phone when connected using the USB Type-A to Type-C cable.

The plastic covering on the back conveniently shows you the functions of the external buttons and how to insert the main and secondary SIM cards and a micro SD card into the Huawei P10.

The IMEI identification number is printed on a sticker in the back that is not as easy to remove.

The Huawei P10 closely resembles the Huawei P9 by also having two Leica SUMMARIT-H branded camera lenses (f/2.2 aperture) but with better 20MP+12MP sensors and 4K video capture capability. Huawei's partnership with Leica has helped to position its camera features as high-end and differentiate it from its competitors.

While the Huawei P9 had followed Android's direction in keeping the fingerprint scanner in the back, the Huawei P10 now has it in the bottom front making it more like the Apple iPhone which is its main competitor in the premium phone category.

The LCD screen of the Huawei P10 comes with added Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection for scratch resistance. The overall feel of the phone in your hand is great and much improved over the P8 which had sharp edges.

Despite the premium positioning of the Huawei P10, the USB Type-C connector of the Huawei P10 has features closer to those of lower end phones by only supporting USB 2.0 speeds lacking any DisplayPort support. For fast charging, the Huawei P10 uses its own SuperCharge  technology.

Using the USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester from Granite River Labs to run just a subset of the full USB Power Delivery compliance test suite, we can see that the Huawei P10 supports charging in using 10 watts (5 volts @ 2 amps) and 18 watts (9 volts @ 2 amps) as well as 5 watts (5 volts @ 1 amps) output. Note some compliance failures were observed.

GRL

DUT Information

Manufacturer

Huawei

Model Number

P10

Serial Number

Comm

Test Information

Date and Time:

20180226_040903

Controller and Instrument Information

Parameter

Value

GRL USB-PD_C2 Serial No.

039.019.039.027.062.

GRL USB-PD Software Version

1.3.3.8

GRL USB-PD Firmware Version

1.3.3.0.7

Board Calibration

Calibration Success.

App Mode

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS

Tx Mask

true

Rx Mask

false

RX mask Power selection

Neutral Power

Device Type

DRP

Cable IR drop Imp(R)

0

Product Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

UUT_Device_Type

 

Vendor_Name

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Product_Name

 

Version_Info

 

TID

0x0

Type_C

NONE

SOP_Capable

NONE

SOP_P_Capable

NONE

SOP_PP_Capable

NONE

SOP_P_Debug_Capable

NONE

SOP_PP_Debug_Capable

NONE

Manufacturer_Info_Supported_Port

 

Manufacturer_Info_VID_Port

 

Manufacturer_Info_PID_Port

 

USB_Comms_Capable

YES

DR_Swap_To_DFP_Supported

YES

DR_Swap_To_UFP_Supported

YES

Externally_Powered

NO

VCONN_Swap_To_On_Supported

NONE

VCONN_Swap_To_Off_Supported

NONE

Responds_To_Discov

NONE

Attempts_Discov

NONE

Chunking_Implemented_SOP

NO

Unchunked_Extended_Messages_Supported

NO

Accepts_PR_Swap_As_Src

YES

Accepts_PR_Swap_As_Snk

YES

Requests_PR_Swap_As_Src

NONE

Requests_PR_Swap_As_Snk

NONE

XID

 

Structured_VDM_Version

V1.0

Data_Capable_as_USB_Host

YES

Data_Capable_as_USB_Device

YES

Product_Type_UFP_SOP

 

Product_Type_DFP_SOP

Peripheral

Modal_Operation_Supported

NO

Security_Msgs_Supported_SOP

NO

USB_VID

0x12D1

PID

0x107E

bcdDevice

0x0

SVIDs Min

0

SVIDs Max

0

SVID Fixed

NONE

Power Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

PD_Power_as_Sink

 

No_USB_Suspend_May_Be_Set

YES

GiveBack_May_Be_Set

NO

Higher_Capability_Set

NO

Num_Snk_PDOs

 

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0xC8(2A)

Supply Type #2

Fixed

Voltage #2

0xB4(9V)

OP Current #2

0xC8(2A)

PD_Power_as_Source

 

Rp Value

 

USB Suspend may be cleared

NO

Send Ping

NONE

No of Source PDOs

 

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Peak Current #1

0x0(A)

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

Max Current #1

0x64(1A)

Supply Type #2

-

Min Voltage #2

-

Max Voltage #2

-

Supply Type #3

-

Min Voltage #3

-

Max Voltage #3

-

Supply Type #4

-

Min Voltage #4

-

Max Voltage #4

-

Supply Type #5

-

Min Voltage #5

-

Max Voltage #5

-

PD_Power_as_Sink

 

No_USB_Suspend_May_Be_Set

YES

GiveBack_May_Be_Set

NO

Higher_Capability_Set

NO

Num_Snk_PDOs

 

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0xC8(2A)

Supply Type #2

Fixed

Voltage #2

0xB4(9V)

OP Current #2

0xC8(2A)

Result Summary

Sl No

Test ID

Test Name

Test Result

1

TDA.2.1.1.1

BMC-PHY-TX-EYE

PASS

2

TDA.2.1.1.2

BMC-PHY-TX-BIT

PASS

3

TDA.2.1.2.2

BMC-PHY-RX-INT-REJ

PASS

4

TDA.2.1.2.1

BMC-PHY-RX-BUSIDL

FAIL

5

TDA.2.1.3.1

BMC-PHY-TERM

PASS

7

TDA.2.2.1

BMC-PROT-SEQ-GETCAPS

PASS

10

TDA.2.2.5

BMC-PROT-DISCOV

PASS

12

TDA.2.2.7

BMC-PROT-BIST-NOT-5V-SRC

PASS

14

TDA.2.3.1.1

POW-SRC-LOAD-P-PC

PASS

15

TDA.2.3.1.2

POW-SRC-LOAD-CP-ACC

PASS

19

TDB.2.2.9

BMC-PROT-GSC-REC

FAIL

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We'll find out in the coming reviews on how the phone performs with Huawei SuperCharge, Qualcomm Quick Charge, and USB Power Delivery based chargers.

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