Huawei is something of a newcomer to the Western smartphone world, but it’s been hugely popular in its native China for years. With a focus on affordable yet powerful handsets, the brand climbed to become the top-seller in its home market for the first time in 2017.
With Huawei making steady inroads into Western markets like the US and UK in recent years, its smartphones are an increasingly common sight alongside more established contenders like Samsung and HTC.
If you’re wondering which Huawei mobile device is for you, here’s a quick run-down of some of their most popular handsets and what they have to offer.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
At a glance: 6-inch display, dual 12MP+20MP camera, 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm, 178g
Huawei’s biggest strength – cutting-edge tech without the enormous price tag – takes centre stage in its flagship phablet range. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro packs a huge 6-inch screen, a premium glass-and-aluminium finish and a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery.
Its ground-breaking dual rear cameras have f/1.6 aperture lenses, allowing great low-light shots, and a choice between 12MP and 20MP resolution picture quality. The Pro also boasts new “AI zoom” and intelligent night mode features.
What’s more, there’s 128GB storage as standard, offering plenty of room for all your snaps. There’s plenty of power under the hood too, making this great choice if you love gaming.
Huawei P10 Plus
At a glance: 5.5-inch display, dual 12MP+20MP camera, 153.5 x 74.2 x 7mm, 165g
The Huawei P10 Plus is one of Huawei’s premium offerings, especially if you’re a dedicated fan of photography. The crisp, high-res screen and powerful specs make it ideal for mobile VR lovers, too.
As you’d expect from a Plus model, it’s got a big screen at 5.5 inches – a touch larger than the standard P10’s, offering plenty of space to admire your snaps. With Gorilla Glass 5 protecting the screen, it should survive a few knocks without scratching too.
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There’s a high-powered Leica 20MP dual camera on the back, which features a Wide Aperture mode for excellent SLR-style snaps. It’s the perfect companion to the excellent built-in Huawei photo app, and quite simply one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.
Huawei P10 Lite
At a glance: 5.2-inch display, 12MP camera, 146.5 x 72 x 7.2mm, 146g
At the more budget-friendly end of the P10 range, the Huawei P10 Lite has a lot to like if you’re after a mid-range phone. It may not be the biggest, but it offers a more modest price-tag than the premium Plus.
There’s a solid-feeling aluminium frame and the usual fingerprint reader on the back, which frees up real estate for a 5.2-inch display. There’s no dual rear camera – but there is an impressive 12MP job instead. To the rear, the single-lens 12MP snapper takes very impressive shots for a budget handset.
Another great plus is the 3,000mAh battery, which packs enough power to easily get through an average day’s usage – especially if you’re using the built-in battery manager. Fast charging also makes it a breeze to stay juiced up.
At a glance: 5.2-inch display, dual 12MP camera, 145 x 70.9 x 7mm, 144g
The previous-generation flagship phone from Huawei, the Huawei P9 is well worth investigating if you're looking to save a little extra cash.
With strong hardware such as a big, bright screen and a really impressive dual-lens camera from Leica - it continues the running theme with Huawei as an excellent budget alternative to more established smartphones.
Like the P10 Plus, the camera features a wide aperture mode for excellent close-range shots, as well as total control over shutter speed and ISO for the pros among us. The impressive internal specs will handle all the latest games and apps with ease, and if you need extra internal space there’s a microSD slot offering up to 128GB more.
If you’re a photography fanatic looking to save a little cash, give the P9 a closer look – you won’t be disappointed.
Huawei Y6 (2017)
At a glance: 5.0-inch display, 13MP camera, 143.5 x 72.1 x 8.5mm, 150g
A super budget smartphone that feels much more expensive, the Huawei Y6(2017) really looks the part. With a 5-inch screen, a lightweight case with sleek bevelled edges and twin speaker grilles, it’s got style and pizazz that so many low-end phones can’t match.
Inside, things won't disappoint. A quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage space.The rear camera packs boasts as 12MP lens for super-sharp snaps.
Huawei Mate S
At a glance: 5.5-inch display, 13MP camera, 149.8 x 75.3 x 7.2mm, 156g
Huawei Mate S was the world’s first smartphone to feature Force Touch technology. Yes, the revolutionary tech that lets touchscreens feel different levels of force actually launched in a Huawei product. With the Mate S, you can even weigh objects by placing them on the screen.
The Mate S features a 5.5-inch AMOLED HD display that’s perfectly crisp and clear, while the ergonomic all-metal casing makes it a joy to hold in your hands. The rear-mounted fingerprint reader means you get to enjoy more screen space too.
The 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabilisation makes capturing sharp, detailed images simple, while the High Dynamic Range flashlight helps get the lighting balance right for flash shots.
Huawei P8 Lite (2017)
At a glance: 5.2-inch display, 12MP camera, 147.2 x 72.9 x 7.6mm, 147g
Updated and revamped, the Huawei P8 Lite (2017) is considerably more powerful than the 2015 model, though it still features the sleek, stylish design and rounded corners that made the original a hit.
The 5.2-inch display is brilliantly bright and sharp, and there’s a 12MP camera on the back for all the day-to-day snapping you could ask for. With some impressively powerful hardware working away inside, it’s also great for gaming: something you don’t often see at this price point.
In fact, with a fingerprint scanner and NFC capability, it’s got a lot of features many budget smartphones can’t boast – making this a top choice if you want something fully-featured without breaking the bank. It’s also a dual-SIM phone, ideal for those who like to travel a lot – and if you don’t use the second SIM, it doubles up as a microSD slot.
Huawei Y6 II Compact
At a glance: 5.5-inch display, 13MP camera, 154.3 x 77 x 8.5mm, 168g
Despite its name, The Huawei Y6 II Compact features a 5-inch screen – putting it around average size for an Android handset, even with it's budget price-tag.
Surprisingly for a budget phone, the camera’s great – a 13MP with HDR, autofocus and dual LED flash – making this the perfect choice for someone who loves to take regular eye-catching snaps.
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