Poptel P10 Review

There are now several members of Poptel P family. Traditionally, P9000 max is the big brother, the P10 is the middle one, and the coming P8 is the little brother. Poptel P family series are IP68 water-resistant Android phones. If you are interested in rugged smartphone, it is a good alternative to the Poptel P10.

Design

As soon as I unbox the Poptel P10, surprisingly, the construction of P10 looks pretty rough. Rear cover of the device has top protective texture to make it tougher, and actually make it easier to grip. Camera is right on the center of top rear cover, close to the camera are the flash and responsive fingerprint reader. Placing fingerprint reader here makes it easier to reach, but it also means that the front of the device has more space for the display. Near to the bottom of the rear cover is the speaker.

The three parts are embedded below the surface of the body.

Double color TPU injection crafted squarer edges of the body, rougher metal frame and hard buttons, combination of rubber with textured plastic comprise the sides of the phone, only 12mm thick with 5.5-inch screen to protect it.

On right metal side has the power switch and volume button, and on the other is the SIM slot that can actually take two nano SIMs or one microSD card + nano SIM card. And a function button is placed near the SIM slot.

Specially, the function button can open the camera and activate the shutter button without having to unlock the phone. Meanwhile, double press the power button also can access to camera, which is really useful and convenient if you are in a harsh situation, or wearing gloves.

And there is one part of the P10’s waterproofing that does impress, they are USB port and headphone jack underneath edge of the phone. They are sealed and totally waterproof, being completely blocked off from the insides of the phone.

IP68 Waterproof and dust-proof

As a rugged smartphone, according to the office information, P10 is certified to IP68, a standard that allows it underwater 1.2 meters for 30 minutes to keep the phone from the damage. The unique construction guarantee it can work in sever environment even in temperature -20°C – 50°C.

Poptel P10 display and camera

The P10 gets a 5.5 inch FHD IPS display with multi-point touch and Gorilla Corning glass protective screen. 18:9 aspect ratio offers a more immersive experience than other phones this size when you view pictures and video, or consume content of any kind.

Then content on the screen can even read by 50% of the screen brightness in the shadow or indoors.

P10 features a 13-megapixel Sony IMX13 sensor , captures astonishingly detailed and perfectly lit images with a high speed, high sensitivity, low noise and low power consumption, even in harsh daylight.

There are some photos shot by P10, I have to say, P10’s rear camera offers incredibly accurate color, frome the photos, the colors were rich and true to life. Also, the sunlight legibility is above average.

Poptel P10 software

Running the latest version of Android 8.1, the P10 works  smoother and steadier. On the one hand, the operating system is a quiet clean sheet. There are variety of standard applications, which can handle what meet all your needs. On the other hand, it greatly optimized the phone’s performance. There is no noticeable lag with operating software linked to fingerprint reader and other hardware, which is totally smooth.

As for the settings, everything is great, too. One of good points is the P10 supports NFC and back fingerprint unlock,which is very convenient and safe for payment when you left your money and credit cards in home.

Now, let’s see the information from the system utilities. The Poptel P10 runs on MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763) and clocked at Octa-core 2.0GHZ processor with the advanced TSMC 16nm FinFET technology, it performs good at fast speeds while consuming less power. And it uses the improved LPDDR4 mobile memory technology as POPTEL announced,  along with its 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM memory, whether i am cruising the web with multiple tabs open or playing Player Unknown’s Battle grounds, the P10 won’t stutter. On the other hand, Google services-driven or APP only takes up a small part of the storage space. So users can effectively install and use whatever applications they need.

The performance of P10 on AnTuTu astonished me. Benchmark score 84,180 stands out in most of same level rugged phones.

Geekbench Benchmark Test Result:

 Network

I tested the Poptel P10‘s network, and were surprisingly notice that dual-LTE was available soon. As the brand said, the phone supports for European countries. And the signal is not too weak even in remote areas. Also, call quality was great, and I didn’t find out any problem with other communications either.

 GPS test

As for the GPS, I did some tests, the GPS guiding is good too, it can guide the destination immediately and accurately.

Battery life

3,600mAh battery of P10 is less than P family’s P9000 max, but it’s  standby time is quiet good for this level phone. Full days heavy usage including games, videos and other activity is absolutely obtainable.

What’s more, the phone can work more days than you expected at normal mode but saving battery or other modes. When you do need to charge the device, you won’t have to wait too long though fast charging is not available.

Compared to Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and Cat S60, almost the same specification, Poptel P10 is practically much cheaper than these two phones , and can be called the basic version Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.

Poptel P10 specs compared to similar phones
  Poptel P10 Cat S60 Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
Display size, resolution 5.5-inch IPS HD; 1280×640 4.7-inch HD; 1280×720 5.8-inch;2960×1440
Pixel density 210 ppi 312 ppi 570 ppi
Dimensions (Millimeters) 155.2×74.6×11.9mm 147.9 x 73.4 x 12.66mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 203g 225g 207g
Mobile software Android 8.1Oreo Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 1080p, 30fps 1080p, 30fps 4K, 30fps
Processor Helio P23,  8-Core 16nm Qualcomm MSM8952, 8-Core 28nm Snapdragon 835, 8-Core 10nm
Storage 64GB 32GB 64GB
RAM 4GB 3GB 4GB
Expandable storage 128GB 128GB 256GB
Battery 3,600mAh 3,800mAh 4,000mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back None Back
Connector Micro-USB Micro-USB USB-C
Mobile Pay Google Pay None Google Pay
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes
Special features IP68 tri-proof; Corning Gorilla Glass IP68 tri-proof; Corning Gorilla Glass IP68 tri-proof; Corning Gorilla Glass
Price (USD) $189.99 $529.99 $849.99

Summary

P10 might not be the best good-looking phone, especially compared to most of smartphones, but it will be the slimmest rugged smartphone with IP68-certified and military quality at a slim 11mm compared to other rugged heavy and clumsy smartphones. There are some people wondered why a person wouldn’t just buy a rugged tool for outdoor activities or some extremes, which can save more money. However, for most of people, daily life needs is more than a tool. So, the Poptel P10 is highly recommended for you to meets either demanding job or clumsiness, whatever for business or outdoors.
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