The best Huawei phones to buy in 2019

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 2019. 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 2019.

Best Huawei phones [February 2019]

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Device USA UK India
Huawei Mate 20 Pro $883 £845 About INR 69,990
Huawei Mate 20 $625 £600 NA
Huawei P20 Pro $640 £599 (Other retailers) INR 59,999
Huawei P20 $488 £381 NA
Huawei Mate 10 Pro $500 £700 NA
Huawei Mate 10 $599 NA NA
Huawei Nova 4 To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
Huawei Nova 3 $419 £440 INR 34,999
Huawei P20 Lite $225 £230 INR 19,999
Huawei Y9 2019 $243 TBD INR 15,990
Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

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Huawei finally launched the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, two of the company’s most anticipated phones. As successors to the highly impressive Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, the latest additions to the Mate series pack some punch. On the performance front, you get the same hardware under the hood, but of course, the Pro variant has a superior configuration. The Mate 20 Pro also boasts a superior camera setup, a bigger battery, a better quality display screen, a futuristic reverse wireless charging feature that turns the device into a charging dock for other devices that support wireless charging, IP68 dust and water resistance, 3D facial recognition, and an in-display fingerprint scanner – all of which are not available on the standard Mate 20.

On the downside, the Pro variant gets a smaller display screen, a conspicuously huge notch, and lacks the 3.5mm audio jack. Also, it is more expensive than the standard Mate 20, although in a justifiable way.

Specs

Mate 20
  • 6.53-inch 18.7:9 FHD+ (2244 x 1080) LCD display
  • Kirin 980 processor
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 128GB expandable storage, up to 256GB
  • Tri-lens 12MP + 16MP + 8MP main camera
  • 24MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, rear-mounted FPS, etc.
Mate 20 Pro
  • 6.39-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ (3120 x 1440) OLED display
  • Kirin 980 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB expandable storage, up to 256GB
  • Tri-lens 40MP + 20MP + 8MP main camera
  • 24MP main camera
  • 4200mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3D face unlock, 40W SuperCharge, 15W wireless quick charge, NFC, IP68, IR sensor, In-display FPS, etc.

Unlike the outgoing Mate 10 Pro that made it to the U.S., none of the Mate 20 or Mate 20 Pro will be sold in the U.S. officially. However, you can always grab one via the likes of Amazon and eBay, which should be able to work just fine with carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile.

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 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

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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 Nova 4

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Huawei Nova 4 launched in late 2018 as the first from the Chinese smartphone vendor with a hole-punch display panel for housing the selfie camera. This means you end up with a fullscreen design with thin bezels and no notch as seen above, but the chin is still significantly visible. Still, this is the best-looking Huawei Nova smartphone to date and even better is that Huawei has a number of interesting finishes to go with the powerful specs on the inside.

Speaking of specs, you’ll come across an aging Kirin 970 processor running the show, but this is no slouch either because despite being old, it is a flagship chipset that has been allied to a massive 8GB RAM. The Nova 4 also packs a tri-lens camera on the back, a massive 25MP selfie shooter, an impressive 128GB of expandable storage and runs on the latest version of Android 9 Pie.

Specs
  • 6.4-inch FHD+ (2310 x 1080) LCD display
  • Kirin 970 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • Tri-lens 48MP + 16MP + 2MP main camera
  • 25MP front camera
  • 3750mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, Rear-mounted FPS, Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W, etc.

One little problem with the Nova 4, like other Nova phones before it, is availability. Whether it will be sold in multiple global markets like the Nova 3 is still unknown, but we hope this will be the case. So far, its only available in China priced at CNY 3,399, about $500.

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. An update to Pie is already in the works.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 [Bonus]

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On the bottom side of the spectrum is Huawei’s Y series, and one of the best and latest member is the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019. 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. The Y7 Prime 2019 also brings the trending waterdrop-style notch design to the budget family alongside dual cameras and AI features, a huge battery unit, improved performance compared to the 2018 model, and so on.

Specs:

  • 6.26-inch 19:9 (720×1520) HD+ display
  • Snapdragon 450 processor
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable)
  • Dual 13MP + 2MP main camera and 16MP front camera
  • 4000mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo

Huawei Y7 Prime 2019, like any other Huawei phone, boasts a great build, has decent specs and features, and is available at under $200.

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
  • No fast charging, but you get the slightly faster 10W (5V/2A) charging

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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