24 Hours in Barcelona with the Huawei P10

My recent trip to Barcelona was extraordinary.

It wasn’t my first visit, but without the pressures that usually accompany being a tourist, my team and I could just hang back and enjoy the city at our own pace.

Of course, we were here first and foremost to work, to cover the greatest smartphone show on earth. And so, our story begins in front of Fira Gran Via where Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 took place.

While MWC is an event that runs three to five days, the following photo series is a slice from a day in the life of the GadgetMatch team covering the event as captured by the Leica co-engineered dual cameras of the Huawei P10.

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The P10 was launched a day before the official start of MWC with Huawei promising photos more legendary than its predecessor. Today we take it out in the real world to find out if it lives up to its claims.

Google’s presence at MWC is always a much-welcome respite from the craziness that is the expo halls. Stop by one of the booths for a free smoothie, hot chocolate, or Android collectible.

From ice sculptures to sand castles, the likeness of Bugdroid, the Android mascot, are everywhere.


This year’s Google booth was Asia-themed. We took a ride on a TukTuk, dialing back on the aperture post-capture for a more natural look.

While we like our videos to have a more glossy look to them, behind the scenes isn’t so glamorous.

But it isn’t all that bad. Occasionally brands will serve food and drinks to guests, if you can find the time to stop and have a snack. While Chay shoots, I’m usually writing scripts, answering emails, and sending photo and video materials to HQ. We used to be so dependent on Wi-Fi hotspots; thankfully, Globe offers unlimited data as part of its $12/day flat rate roaming plan. Now, we just tether from our phones.

We stay till 6pm most days to squeeze the most amount of work possible during conference hours. End-of-day selfies are obligatory.

Usually, we head home to work, but today, we stopped by Passeig De Gracia for a quick stroll and dinner. If you’re in the mood for shopping and food in Barcelona, this is the place to be.

And if walking isn’t your thing, you can always rent a bicycle. Love how creamy the bokeh is here. Magical.

Even as the sun starts to set. The P10 manages to take good portraits, giving us accurate tones and plenty of detail.

Blue hour is particularly stunning in this part of the world. Balancing the glow of neon and fluorescent lights can be quite challenging for smartphone cameras, but the P10 managed to keep everything under control.

Always a packed house, Ciutat Comtal is my favorite restaurant in Barcelona and one of the best places to sample Spanish Paella. Unless you’re feeling lucky, book a reservation ahead of time, or try to get a seat by the bar, the mostly Filipino hosts are always willing to help you navigate the food selection.

We headed home by subway, our preferred mode of travel in Barcelona (unless we’re darting between events, then taxis are a must — Uber’s are not allowed in BCN). Subways run from 5am to 12 midnight and will take you to most places in the city.

Our hotel is a few blocks away from the station, we shot this low-light photo in front of a park on our walk home.

While we’re eager to call it a day, our day ends back at our hotel lounge for a night cap and some last-minute writing and video editing. While events like these are often exhausting, Barcelona is an amazing city, and it’s always a pleasure to come here for work and play.

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24 Hours is a series on GadgetMatch.com where we showcase our travels through a smartphone camera’s perspective. It’s also a documented guide on things to see and do in a city in case you happen to plan a trip there.

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