The best Huawei phones to buy in 2018

Huawei has come a long way on its way to becoming the third leading smartphone vendor in the world. In addition to the impressive devices rocking high-end designs, specs and features it sells, Huawei’s aggressive pricing strategy has seen it close down the gap ahead, even at some point overtaking Apple to become the second largest smartphone vendor globally.

Unlike Apple, however, Huawei relies mostly on selling multiple smartphone models across the globe. Whether it’s the entry-level market or the premium segment, Huawei has something to offer. Although such vast availability of devices means that users have a wide range to choose from, it also presents a serious problem when trying to figure out which one is the best handset.

In this post, we have narrowed down the best Huawei phones available this 2018. Note that since Honor has always wanted us to treat it independent of Huawei, we are doing exactly that, hence we have a separate post for the best Honor phones to buy in 2018.

Best Huawei phones [October 2018]

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Device USA UK India
Huawei P20 Pro $755 £659 (Other retailers) INR 64,999
Huawei P20 $530 £599 NA
Huawei Mate 10 Pro $550 £429£697 (Amazon UK) NA
Huawei Mate 10 $600 NA NA
Huawei P10 Plus $490 £450 NA
Huawei Nova 3 NA NA INR 34,999
Huawei P20 Lite $372 £279 INR 19,999
Huawei Y9 2019 TBD TBD Coming soon

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro

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Huawei’s P20 series is the latest talk of the town and we all know why. The phones have a beautiful, premium-looking design, with the Twilight color variant particularly standing out. Even better is the tri-lens camera system on the back of the P20 Pro, something that has made it one of the most wanted smartphones on the market right now.

P20 specs
  • 5.8-inch 18.7:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Kirin 970 chipset
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 128GB of non-expandable storage
  • 12MP + 20MP main camera
  • 24MP selfie camera
  • 3400 battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, IP53, fast charging, NFC, no 3.5mm audio jack, front-mounted scanner, etc.
  • 149.1 x 70.8 x 7.65 mm, 165g
P20 Pro specs
  • 6.1-inch 18.7:9 FHD+ OLED display
  • Kirin 970 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of non-expandable storage
  • 40MP + 20MP + 8MP main camera
  • 24MP selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, IP67, fast charging, NFC, no 3.5mm audio jack, front-mounted scanner, etc.
  • 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm, 180g

One little problem with Huawei’s P20 and P20 Pro is their availability, especially in the U.S. where the company has been fighting for a market presence for years with no success. But of course, there have always been channels of getting Huawei phones into the American market and some of them are still open. For instance, you can now grab the pair from Amazon for about $550 and $850, respectively, but these prices are not constants.

Pros
  • Stunning design
  • Unmatched low-light performance from the triple-lens camera
  • A huge battery that charges fast
  • Plenty of EMUI-based features and AI, too
  • You can hide the notch, if you don’t like it
Cons
  • Fingerprint magnet
  • No 3.5mm audio jack
  • No microSD card slot
  • EMUI might not impress you

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro

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Usually, the best smartphone from any company is represented by the current flagship handset on the market. For Huawei, it’s the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. These two represent the company’s finest ever creations yet and even though the P20 series is here, you’ll have little to regret by heading the Mate 10’s direction.

Mate 10 specs
  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD 16:9 display 2,560 x 1,440 resolution
  • Octa-core Kirin 970 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of storage, microSD expansion slot
  • Dual 20MP + 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
Mate 10 Pro specs
  • 6.0-inch FullView OLED 18:9 display 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 402 ppi
  • Octa-core Kirin 970 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of storage, no microSD expansion
  • Dual 20MP + 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
Pros
  • Good photos even in low-light
  • Solid battery life
  • Great performance
  • Android Oreo out of the box with Treble support
Cons
  • EMUI might not be your taste

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

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Last year’s Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are great pieces of hardware. The two are just about the same phone, apart from a few differences here and there, including screen size and quality, battery capacity and performance specs.

Huawei P10 specs
  • 5.1-inch 16:9 full HD display
  • Octa-core Kirin 960 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB
  • Dual 12MP + 20MP back camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1, upgradable to Oreo
Huawei P10 Plus specs
  • 5.5-inch 16:9 QHD display
  • Octa-core Kirin 960 processor
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB
  • Dual 12MP + 20MP back camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3750mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1, upgradable to Oreo

The P10 and P10 Plus are over a year old and even though they have since received successors in this year’s P20 and P20 Pro, the 2017 pair are still great alternatives if price is something of a concern for you. Of course, you can get discounted deals if you dig deeper.

Pros
  • Solid design
  • All day battery life
  • Great performance
  • Decent photography
  • Expandable storage is a plus
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • EMUI comes with way too many pre-installed apps
  • Photography in low-light is still wanting
  • Not the best value for money at the moment

Huawei P20 Lite

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If your budget is tight and wouldn’t mind everything to do with the notch, Huawei P20 Lite is another great option. As an entry-level variant of the flagship P20 and P20 Pro, it doesn’t disappoint on the design front and in fact, there’s really nothing Lite about this phone.

Specs:

  • 5.84-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display
  • Kirin 659 processor
  • 4GB RAM and 64/128GB storage (expandable up to 256GB)
  • 16MP + 2MP rear camera and 16MP front camera
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
  • 3000mAh non-removable battery
  • 145 grams (weight)
  • 148.6×71.2×7.4 mm (dimensions)
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C, fast charging, NFC, rear-mounted scanner, etc.
Pros
  • Decent photography, especially the selfie camera
  • Compact size with high-quality build
  • Surprisingly great performance
  • Great battery life
  • LTE and NFC support
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
Cons
  • EMUI
  • No water resistance

Huawei Nova 3

Huawei unveiled the Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i in China and the company didn’t waste any time in unveiling the duo in India, with availability set for August 7 exclusively via Amazon India. Of the two, the Huawei Nova 3 is the premium version. It packs a 6.3-inch FHD+ notched display screen and has a Kirin 970 chipset mated with a monstrous 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, essentially making it a bigger Huawei P20 with even more RAM.

  • 6.3-inch 19:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Kirin 970 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB expandable storage
  • Dual 16MP + 24MP main camera
  • Dual 24MP + 2MP front camera
  • 3750mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo

To get your hands on the Nova 3, you’ll need INR 34,999, which further gives you the luxury to play around with a dual 24MP + 2MP selfie camera and an equally impressive 24MP + 16MP main shooter. The front selfie shooter not only supports bokeh effects but also 3D facial recognition too.

The Nova 3 is accompanied by the cheaper Nova 3i and while it has the same body language, things are a little different on the inside, hence the cheaper price tag. To get a better picture of what the Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i bring to the table, hit the link below.

Related: Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i: All you need to know

Huawei Y9 2019

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Huawei released a certain Y9 2018 device that perhaps didn’t get the hype it deserved mostly thanks to its limited availability. Generally, the Y series is considered inferior and rarely gets any major attention, but the Huawei Y9 2019 is something else. In fact, there’s really nothing inferior about this device, at least looking at the on-paper specs.

Specs
  • 6.5-inch FHD+ display screen
  • Kirin 710 processor
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB expandable storage
  • Dual 16MP + 2MP main camera
  • Dual 13MP + 2MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2

Boasting a massive 6.5-inch display screen with a 1080p resolution and a notch, the Y9 2019 has a Kirin 710 chipset under the hood. In practice, this chipset is supposed to compete with the Snapdragon 636 and not the more powerful Snapdragon 710, but still, there’s more to the Y9 2019 than just the processing power.

The device also comes with a quad-lens camera system, where each secondary lens on either side is meant for bokeh effects. There’s also a big battery inside the Y9 2019 alongside Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Unfortunately, for now, the phone hasn’t started selling. Furthermore, the only thing Huawei has said about the price is that it’ll be attractive, but we hope to find out these details soon and update this post.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 [Bonus]

Huawei-Y7-Prime-2018On the bottom side of the spectrum is Huawei’s Y series, and the latest member is the Huawei Y7 Prime 2018. This is an entry-level smartphone that doesn’t have much to offer and is mostly targeted at emerging markets, but it also matches its price tag of about $200. Also known as Nova 2 Lite in Malaysia, the Y7 Prime 2018 also brings the new 18:9 design to the budget family alongside dual cameras and AI features.

Specs:

  • 5.99-inch 18:9 HD+ display
  • Snapdragon 430 processor
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable)
  • Dual 13MP + 2MP main camera and 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018, like any other Huawei phone, boasts a great build, has decent specs and features, and above all, the company hopes to make AI mainstream with this handset, which is very quite affordable.

Pros
  • Good value for money
  • A huge display screen
  • Great battery life
  • Slim profile
  • Dual cameras
Cons
  • EMUI may stand in your way
  • Low display resolution
  • No USB-C

Upcoming Huawei phones

Huawei Mate 20 series

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Following in the footsteps of the P series, Huawei will also skip the Mate 11 name tag in favor of Mate 20. Like the current Mate flagship, you’ll also get a Mate 20 Pro. The standard Mate 20 will reportedly ship with a 5.9-inch 2K screen while the Pro version will get a 6-inch panel with a 1080p resolution, just like the current Mate 10 crop.

Internally, the Mate 20 pair is said to feature a Kirin 980 chipset, 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage and a dual-lens 12MP + 20MP camera on the back, but the Pro version will go all the way to 256GB storage. Looking at what happened with the Mate 10 series, you can expect the Mate 20 to come powered by Android P out of the box.

Although there’s no mention of the Mate 20 Lite, we still expect it to accompany the two flagships.

As for the pricing, the Mate 20 will start at 3899 yuan ($615) while the Mate 20 Pro will be valued at 4899 yuan ($770) for the 6/64GB variant and a whopping 8999 yuan (about $1420) for the 6/256GB variant. If all goes according to plan, the two will be unveiled in October 2018.

Huawei Nova series

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The Huawei Nova series is now into its second year in business and while we’ve already seen several handsets in this series, there is still no consistency from Huawei, especially in terms of naming the phones. Essentially, this will be continuing into 2018, where the company is reportedly lining up Huawei Nova 3, Nova 3S and Nova 2 Lite.

The latter is expected to lead the way, coming in with a Kirin 670 chipset, a 5.6-inch 1080p screen, 4/6GB RAM and 64GB storage. In terms of pricing, the Nova 2 Lite will start at 1999 yuan (about $315) for the base model and 2299 yuan (about $360) for the high-end variant.

As for the Nova 3 and 3S, they’ll be here in May and December, respectively. Where the former will ship with a 6-inch 1080p panel, Kirin 960, quad-lens camera and up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, the latter will be unveiled featuring a nearly identical specs sheet as the Nova 3, but with a superior Kirin 970 chipset and a sharper 1200p display screen, which essentially points to a 16:10 aspect ratio.

The Nova 3 and 3S will be priced from 2699 yuan (about $425) for the base model of 4/64GB all the way to 3399 yuan (about $535) for the high-end variant of 6/128GB.

Huawei Enjoy series

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The entry-level Enjoy series is also getting a refresh this 2018. The first on the list is Huawei Enjoy 8 Plus, which should be here this coming month of April. As you’d expect, a midrange Kirin 670 chipset will run the show alongside 3/32GB and 4/64GB memory options, a 6-inch 1080p display screen, a 13MP main camera and a single 8MP unit for selfies. This handset will set you back 1499 yuan for the base model and 1999 yuan for the 4/64GB variant.

The second in line will be the Enjoy 8, which should arrive in July powered by the same Kirin 670 SoC mated with 2/3GB RAM and 16/32GB storage, a 5.5-inch 720p display screen, a 12MP main camera and 8MP front camera. Where the base model will be priced at 899 yuan, the premium version will set you back 1099 yuan, an equivalent of just $173.

The Huawei Enjoy 8S will come at the end of this year rocking a 5.7-inch 1080p display screen, a Kirin 670 chipset, 3/4GB RAM and 32/64GB storage, just like the Enjoy 8 Plus. You also get the same camera as the Plus variant, but a second 2MP shooter is added on the back, although this small change won’t affect the price compared to the Plus.


So, do you agree with our selection of the best Huawei phones available so far? Does the list of upcoming Huawei phones excite you? Let us know in your comments below.

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