From budget devices like the P20 Lite up to the greatest premium flagship phones like the Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro, packing best-in-class cameras and impressive specs, these are our favourite Huawei smartphones right now.
Chinese heavyweight Huawei is a serious challenger to Samsung and Apple when it comes to mobile tech, producing some truly excellent smartphones. Huawei’s partnership with camera expert Leica means you can expect some brilliant mobile optics on its high-end phones, including dual-lens cameras that are packed with brilliant features and capture incredible detail.
Here’s our pick of the very best Huawei phones you can buy right now in 2018.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei Mate 10 Pro
|Release Date:||November 2017|
|Our Review:||Huawei Mate 10 Pro review|
Huawei didn’t skimp on its 2017 phablet offering, giving us Brits the ‘Pro’ model in place of the standard Mate 10.
Both phones pack in the company’s new Kirin 970 chipset, which features the world’s first neural processing unit (NPU) but only the Mate 10 Pro comes with an HDR-compliant 6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ OLED display and IP67 water resistance.
The Pro also boasts the best revision of the company’s dual 12 and 20-megapixel Leica camera arrangement to date, with a portrait mode to make even the iPhone X blush, plus safety-certified Supercharge fast-charging and a desktop-based experience based on its Emotion UI 8.0 interface.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei P20 Pro
|Release Date:||Spring 2018|
|Our Review:||Huawei P20 Pro review|
The Huawei P20 Pro delivers the very best of what smartphones have to offer in 2018. That Gradient design is frankly saliva-inducing, with colours which morph as you tilt the device to catch the light. Meanwhile the gorgeous display, smart software and impressive battery life make for a desirable everyday experience.
Of course, it’s that triple-lens camera which really sets the Pro apart from its smartphone rivals. You’ll really struggle to find a better shooter on any smartphone – especially when it comes to capturing family portraits. Huawei’s super-smart software can recognise pretty much any scene or subject and tweak the settings to produce the best possible shot. It’s all completely automatic and it works wonders.
Check out our full P20 Pro camera review for all you need to know.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei P20
|Release Date:||Spring 2018|
|Our Review:||Huawei P20 review|
Although not quite as desirable as the Pro model, Huawei’s standard P20 handset is still packed with great features and the same sleek design work. Emotion UI remains smart and helpful, not to mention completely customisable. And you’ll once again find the Gradient finish on the glass back of the pleasingly pink model.
Although the camera has been stripped back to dual lenses, we found that the P20 was just as capable for everyday snaps. Huawei’s smart auto software is once again on board, to ensure you get the best possible results with zero effort. And while you don’t get that great zoom ability, portrait snaps and the rest still look great.
Check out our P20 vs P20 Pro camera comparison for more details.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei P10 Plus
|Release Date:||April 2017|
|Our Review:||Huawei P10 Plus review|
Huawei’s P10 Plus was one of its best handsets of 2017, an absolute beast of a blower packing some seriously strong specs (for the time).
For a start, this 5.5-inch phone towers over the standard 5.1-inch P10, while still packing the same awesome variety of designs. That means you can get the precision-cut textured model, ceramic style version and all of those vibrant colour choices, including the gorgeous green effort.
The P10 Plus also boasts updated specs, including more RAM, an improved Summilux camera and a super-sharp Quad HD screen. In other words, the P10 Plus a seriously strong flagship phone in every respect, even if it lacks the HDR support and waterproofing of rivals like Samsung’s Galaxy flagship.
Check out our P10 Plus vs P10 vs P10 Lite comparison review for more info on how these Huawei phones stack up in terms of specs and features.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei P10
|Release Date:||April 2017|
|Our Review:||Huawei P10 review|
The Huawei P10 is still a solid 5.1-inch mobile, and one that is pleasingly easy to handle compared with most other flagship devices.
With its curvy and compact design, the P10 is made for one-handed use. You get a strong selection of funky designs and colours to choose between, including the gorgeous new green model. And as you’d expect, performance is absolutely fantastic thanks to the Kirin 960 processor of Huawei’s own design.
That Full HD IPS screen is both colourful and pleasingly sharp, stretching to the very edges of the P10’s metal frame. And while battery life caps off at 24 hours, the fast-charging tech means you’re good to go again in no time at all.
Last of all, the new and improved dual-lens Leica camera is a beast. You can capture stunning shots in most conditions, with some lovely bokeh effects thanks to that secondary monochrome lens. And you can also shoot video in up to 4K resolution. Check out our in-depth P10 camera review for more info and samples.
Update: We’ve spent many months with the Huawei P10; find out how it holds up over time in our in-depth P10 long-term review.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei P9
|Release Date:||April 2016|
|Our Review:||Huawei P9 review|
Huawei’s big 2016 flagship phone is still one of its best handsets to date, boasting premium specs and an excellent camera experience. These days you can pick it up on the cheap as well, so it’s not too pricey for a top-of-the-range mobile.
The Huawei P9 rocks a gorgeous metallic frame which is impressively thin and light, considering how much it packs in. The colourful 5.2-inch Full HD screen is perfectly crisp and customisable like the P10’s, while you also get seriously long battery life and solid performance.
But the real star of the show here is that dual-lens rear camera, produced in collaboration with optics firm Leica. Those two lenses work together to produce supremely sharp, detailed photos, complete with some very sexy bokeh.
If your demands are high but your budget is low, the Huawei P9 should hopefully suffice.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei P9 Plus
|Release Date:||August 2016|
|Our Review:||Huawei P9 Plus review|
If 5.2-inches seems rather paltry, check out Huawei’s P9 Plus instead. This 5.5-inch handset is a bigger version of the Huawei P9, packing most of the same features. Performance is once again silky smooth, battery life is seriously strong and you get the same dual-lens Leica camera of the Huawei P9.
If you want to see what the difference is between the Huawei P9 and the Huawei P9 Plus, as well as the dinkier cut-price Huawei P9 Lite, check out our full Huawei P9 comparison guide.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei Mate 9
|Release Date:||November 2016|
|Our Review:||Huawei Mate 9 review|
Huawei’s Mate handsets are premium phablet-sized phones built for those who like massive mobile screens. The Mate 10 may be its latest, but the predecessor launched at the end of 2016 is still worth checking out if you see it for cheap.
The Mate 9 boasts a lot of firsts. It was the first phone to come packing Huawei’s new Kirin 960 processor, for instance, which is built for top-end performance. It was also the first phone packing the fresh new EMUI 5.0 launcher, and Huawei’s second-generation dual-lens Leica camera. What a camera too.
Factor in smooth performance and impressive battery life and the Mate 9 offers a pricey but premium smartphone experience that’s hard to fault – as long as you don’t mind a bulky blower.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei P20 Lite
|Release Date:||Spring 2018|
|Our Review:||Huawei P20 Lite review|
The Huawei P20 Lite is a more budget-friendly version of the standard P20 flagship phone. Yes, we know – ‘Lite’ versions of beefy flagship phones often strip out the best specs and features, to reduce the asking price. What are you left with? A flaccid device that’s about as sexy as your granny’s undercrackers after an all-night horror marathon.
Well, there have been some sacrifices to trim the asking price, of course. Yet the Lite does boast some features deprived of even the more expensive P20 handset, such as a headphone jack and expandable storage.
Sure, the display isn’t as customisable, the dual-lens camera lacks that wow factor and battery life isn’t quite as strong. All the same, this smartphone is perfectly fine as an everyday blower, even up to the challenges of online gaming and capturing good-looking photos of your wretched offspring. The main problem is that it’s not really much different to a whole load of recent Honor handsets, such as the Honor 9 Lite or the Honor V10.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei P10 Lite
|Release Date:||May 2017|
|Our Review:||Huawei P10 Lite review|
This mid-range phone is almost half the price of the original Huawei P10 handset, yet still offers the same slick and feature-packed Emotion UI as well as some pretty respectable specs, for a much better asking price. That said, the P10 Lite also changes up Huawei’s aesthetics and scales back to a single lens camera, compared with the flagship’s dual-lens snapper.
The P10 Lite is well built, offers a great user experience and performs well for everyday use. Its camera is reliable although not quite as strong as some rivals. In fact, that £299 price tag places this handset within firing range of the excellent Moto G5 Plus; a bigger, bulkier phone for sure, but one that can take on and even surpass the P10 Lite in some areas, for less.
Best Huawei phones: Huawei P8 Lite 2017
|Release Date:||February 2017|
|Our Review:||Huawei P8 Lite 2017 review|
Huawei’s first affordable phone of the year is a revamped version of the old P8 Lite, and for just £185 in the UK it’s a seriously strong rival to similar budget blowers.
This 5.2-inch phone is even cheaper than the rather good Honor 6X, yet still crams in some solid specs. You get a Full HD screen, the latest version of Android and loads of bonus Huawei features, giving impressive value for money.
Huawei’s crafted a solid user experience in almost every area, wrapped in some slick hardware. For this price, what more could you ask for?
Best Huawei phones: Nexus 6P
|Release Date:||September 2015|
|Our Review:||Nexus 6P review|
Although it’s plastered with Google branding, the Nexus 6P was actually crafted by Huawei and it’s our favourite Huawei phone of 2015.
The larger of Google’s new Nexus phones, the Nexus 6P sports your typical all-metal premium design, complete with a gorgeous camera bar and fingerprint sensor around the back. It’s a bit of a handful though thanks to the spacious 5.7-inch screen, of course, but still not as big as the Huawei Mate 8.
The Quad HD display is stunning, producing incredibly detailed visuals that will please media fans and everyone else who gazes upon its beauty. Sadly there’s no microSD support, so you’ll have to look to other means of adding extra storage.
As with most Huawei phones, the 12.3-megapixel rear camera is a delight. You can shoot up to 4K resolution videos and your snaps will look sharp in almost any conditions.