Recently, Huawei Business Group CEO, Richard Yu has had to explain for the slow speeds on some P10 and P10 Plus devices that instead of using the faster UFS 2.0 or UFS 2.1 chips, the company had to rely on eMMC 5.1 memories on some Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus models due to a serious shortage of flash memory. With the slower eMMC chips, the sequent read speeds just stop at 250 MB per second from the internal storage drive, which were roughly a half of the speeds when comparing to UFS flash. Although the benchmarked performance is slower, Yu claims that the performance on P10 and P10 Plus is still able to meet user’s requirement, regardless of the type internal storage, because of the software and hardware optimizations. Huawei also blamed other rivals for putting a spotlight onto the problem to damage the company’s reputation.
When introducing its phones, Huawei did not give any detail about the type of flash memory used two flagships. However, US customers don’t need to concern about flash storage speed as while the duo Huawei P10 go on sale internationally, Huawei has not had any plan on bringing them to the US market. Instead, the company chose the Huawei Mate 9 flagship for US customers with a dual optics camera system certificated by Leica. Richard Yu said the Huawei Mate 9 came equipped the faster UFS storage, a larger display and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor instead of being embedded into the Home button on the Huawei P10.
The memory shortage is the latest problem in recent weeks to betray the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus phones. Before this, a number of users were upset that the P10 didn’t come with an oleophobic coating on the glass screen to keep oils and fingerprints away. Instead, it was used on a factory-applied plastic screen protector. If the screen protector is come off, the device would become a magnet for fingerprints, which made some users concern about the cost-cutting measures of Huawei to its premium phones.