Huawei is has gone from strength to strength in the UK, after being 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.
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.
At a glance: 6.1-inch Full HD display, triple-lens 50MP+16MP+8MP rear camera, 148.9 x 71.1 x 8.5mm, 175g
One of three new additions to Huawei's popular P series for 2020, the Huawei P40 is bursting with state-of-the-art tech. The P40, has a notably impressive camera setup, with its Ultra Vision Leica triple-lens rear camera being a key feature. Offering wide angle, ultra-wide angle and telephoto lenses that measure 50MP + 16MP + 8MP respectively, high-quality snaps are guaranteed, alongside the ability to really get creative with the P40's camera abilities. Shoot from far away, zoom in with 30x Max Zoom, master bokeh or really focus on the details with close up macro shots that can be taken from just 2.5cm away. Whatever you want to shoot, you'll be able to do it with absolute clarity and outstanding colour.
There's an amazing 32MP selfie camera too, and we can't forget about Huawei's innovative Golden Snap. A set of three AI photography features, you'll be able to erase light reflections with Golden Snap AI Remove Reflection, get rid of unwanted people or objects in the background with Golden Snap AI Remove Passersby and guarantee you'll capture the perfect frame in Golden Snap AI Best Moment.
Cameras aside, the Huawei P40 is a stunning phone, with a sleek exterior that holds a 6.1-inch Full HD screen. OLED technology guarantees a bright, vibrant picture and the in-screen fingerprint scanner ensure you receive a full-screen, cinematic experience. It’s IP53 splash, water and dust resistant, holds a first-class Kirin 990 5G chipset and is 5G-ready. It also features an efficient GPU and Huawei XD Fusion Engine and runs on a long-lasting 3,800mAh battery. The Huawei P40 uses EMUI 10.1 as well, which is Huawei's unique interface. Huawei's very own smart assistant Celia makes its debut in the P40 series - making those day-to-day tasks easier than ever, and can even help you translate foreign text, identify objects and learn more about the world around you.
Huawei P40 Pro
At a glance: 6.58-inch Full HD display, quad-lens 50MP+40MP+12MP+3D Depth Sensing rear camera, 158.2 x 72.6 x 9mm, 209g
While it shares a very similar look to the Huawei P40, the Huawei P40 Pro offers an even more immersive viewing experience thanks to its Full HD 6.58-inch Overflow Display. Designed to curve all the way around the edge of the P40 Pro, this handset is virtually bezel free. Partnered with the in-screen fingerprint scanner, uninterrupted viewing is always delivered. It even offers a 90GHz refresh rate, which is sure to help gamers improve their response times in-play.
The Huawei P40 Pro is also a 5G-ready handset, so you'll be able to make the most of next-generation network speeds whenever you're in a 5G area. The Kirin 990 5G chipset is present in this smartphone, alongside the same Huawei XD Fusion Engine, GPU and Huawei's EMUI 10.1. The battery, meanwhile, has been given a boost to support the larger screen and more demanding processes, coming in at 4,200mAh.
It shares many similarities with the P40 when it comes to the on-board cameras, including the addition of AI Golden Snap and the amazing 32MP front-facing camera. On the rear, however, there are some changes, with the Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera providing a 50MP SuperSensing main camera, 40MP ultra-wide camera (named the Cine camera), a 12MP telephoto camera and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera for professional portraits.
You can zoom in even further too, with a 50x Max Zoom, alongside a 10x Hybrid Zoom and 5x Optical Zoom, making it possible to still zone in on the smallest details from far away.
Huawei P40 Lite
At a glance: 6.4-inch LCD display, quad-lens 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP rear camera, 159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7mm, 183g
Following tradition, the most affordable handset in the P40 line-up is the Huawei P40 Lite. Despite being the budget-friendly option in the 2020 trio, you'll still benefit from many of the amazing Huawei features found on both the P40 and the P40 Lite.
The P40 Lite actually has a quad-lens rear camera, consisting of a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP telephoto lens and a 2MP macro lens. Sitting neatly in a square-shaped cut-out on the back of the device, Huawei promise to deliver unrivalled detail on the P40, with AI Ultra Clarity mode refining things even further. Handheld Super Night mode removes any noise and provides a bigger dynamic range too, for brighter and sharper images in difficult conditions - be it day or night. The 2MP macro lens also means you'll be able to shoot from 4cm away, and get up close and personal to capture the finest details.
The P40 Lite has a 16MP selfie camera tucked away on the front of the phone, and to ensure a seamless overall look the fingerprint scanner on the handset has been built into the power button. The handset even supports 40W fast charging so you can power up its huge 4,200mAh battery in a matter of minutes, and with EMUI 10.1 on board you'll experience the same easy-to-use interface.
While the P40 Lite is not a 5G phone, its efficient Kirin 810 chipset ensures a powerful, reliable performance whether you're gaming, streaming online or uploading to social media.
At a glance: 6.1-inch Full HD+ display, triple-lens 40MP+16MP+8MP camera, 158 x 73.4 x 8.41mm, 165g
Alongside its stunning all-glass exterior, you'll find a vibrant 6.1-inch Full HD+ display with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, a 3,650 mAh fast-charge battery with and an efficient, powerful core that consists of the superior Kirin 980 processor, 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory. You'll also find a 3.5mm jack if you're still attached to your wired headphones.
Huawei's P series has gained a reputation for offering professional-level smartphone cameras, and the P30 is no different. The 32MP front-facing camera not only snaps selfies in supreme detail, it'll enhance your best features automatically too with help from Huawei's intelligent on-board software. As for the rear camera, there's a triple-lens 40MP+16MP+8MP system, which makes for effotless photography in the evening, or in dark low-light environments.
Huawei P30 Pro
At a glance: 6.47-inch Full HD+ display, quad-lens 40MP+20MP+8MP rear camera with TOF sensor, 192g, 149.1 x 71.36 x 7.57mm
If you love the sound of the Huawei P30, but you're after an even bigger screen, longer lasting 4,300 mAh battery and a quad-lens camera system, then the P30 Pro is what you're looking for. It shares loads of similarities with the P30, including the same seamless design with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, speedy Kirin 980 processor and 32MP front-facing camera, but there's tons more to discover.
The standout feature of the P30 Pro is definitely its rear camera. The quad-lens camera system was ranked at the top of the DxOMark leaderboard upon its release, essentially meaning that it's the best smartphone camera available, according to industry experts. The 40MP Super Sensing camera has a wide aperture of f/1.6 and a SuperSpectrum sensor for improved low-light shots, while the 20MP ultra-wide lens helps you squeeze more of the action into the frame. The 8MP telephoto lens and time of flight sensor, alongside Huawei's AIS long exposure shot, work together to produce professional-level bokeh effects - perfect if you love snapping portrait shots or natural landscapes.
Want to see both phones head-to-head? Check out Huawei P30 vs P30 Pro
Huawei P Smart (2019)
At a glance: 6.21-inch FullView display, dual 13MP + 2MP camera, 155.2 x 73.4 x 8 mm, 160g
On a budget but love a smartphone with a larger display? Try the Huawei P Smart 2019. The 6.21-inch FullView display makes it ideal handset for playing games or watching your favourite shows on Netflix or YouTube.
A fingerprint sensor provides extra security, 3GB RAM ensures multi-tasking is a breeze and a 3,400 mAh battery promises power throughout the entire day. You don't have to sacrifice on camera quality for the great price either, the P Smart 2019 has a high-performing dual-lens 13MP and 2MP rear camera which is perfect for creating a bokeh effect, while the 8MP selfie camera will always catch your best side.
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