The 8 Best Huawei Phones to Buy in 2018

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Huawei has been making waves in the consumer smartphone market by dishing out affordable options with exceptional high-end tech-specs. Huawei, the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, currently has a smartphone line up with models that include novelty features such as curved glass, two-day battery life, Gorilla Glass displays that prevent scratches and more. But before you decide which device to spring for, it’s important to note that Huawei phones are largely compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, but not always compatible with CMDA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint. To help make your decision a little easier, below we listed the best Huawei phones to buy right now.

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Best Overall: Huawei Honor 6X Dual Camera Smartphone

Huawei Honor
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The Huawei Honor 6X is an ultra slim (0.32 inches) curved glass HD smartphone that runs on an Android operating system and has 32GB of memory, plus a two-day battery life. It comes unlocked and is fully compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile carriers. The phone features two SIM card slots where one can be set for a 4G/3G/2G network and the other solely with a 2G network. Its octa-core processor has 3GB of RAM and is capable of running multiple apps at the same time much like a little computer. For photographers, the Huawei Honor 6X impresses with a dual-lens 12MP front and 2MP rear camera that can capture day and night photos at a fast focusing time of 0.3 seconds. The phone comes with a full one-year warranty.

Best Budget: Huawei Mate SE

Huawei is, in general, a great brand to turn to if you’re looking for a full-fledged smartphone at a budget price. And the Huawei Mate SE epitomizes that with modern features and a sub-$300 price tag. Here’s what you get for your money: first, a 5.93-inch, edge-to-edge (and nearly bezel-less) display that sports a resolution of 1080 x 2160, which is pretty respectable. They’ve also included a dual-lens camera system on the back, with a 16MP main sensor, plus a secondary 2MP supporting lens for portrait effects — it's definitely not the best megapixel count you can get, but that’s one of the ways Huawei appears to have saved some production cost. Also, the selfie cam gives you 8MP of detail, meaning it’ll be plenty crisp.

This phone has a Kirin 659 Octa-Core processor with 2.36GHz/1.7 GHz speeds, and 4GB of RAM for quick performance. You can pick it up with 64GB of on-board storage, and there’s a 3,340 mAh battery for close-to-all-day performance. Overall, it’s a solid phone with a pretty impressive build quality and form factor, so even if you do want to save some cash, you get a ton of value for your money.

Check out our guide to the best smartphones under $300.

 

Best Value: Huawei P20 Lite

The P20 Lite, by name, is the more affordable counterpart to the P20 Pro, although it does sacrifice a few choice features. Even with those trade-offs, this phone is a solid value for the price, so if you’re looking to save but aren’t looking dip too far into the budget category, this could be the phone for you.

The 5.84-inch LCD display is smaller and non-OLED, but it does sport 1080 x 2280 pixels, giving you a pretty solid-looking screen. There’s a dual 16MP/2MP system on the back for blur effects, though the camera doesn't seem to perform quite as well as something like the Pixel line from a software perspective. The front-facing camera is an impressive 16MP, though, so that scores some points back. This phone also features 1080p, 30 fps video capabilities, so by specs alone, it’ll rival the video feature set of even some DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

The processor is a 2.36GHz/1.7 GHz octa-core CPU. You can pick up the phone with 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, and the color options range from sleek Midnight Black all the way to a soft Sakura Pink.

Runner-Up, Best Value: Huawei Mate 10 Lite

The Huawei Mate 10 Lite delivers sharp HD images on its 5.9-inch screen, has fast charging capabilities, plus a long lasting battery life. You can shoot videos at 1080p at 30fps while using its dual 16MP cameras and then store your content with either its 64GB internal memory or with a microSD card at 256GB.

With its octa-core CPU with both a 2.36 GHz and 1.7 GHz processor, the Huawei Mate 10 delivers fast loading and its 3240 mAh battery will take you less than 150 minutes to go from 0 to 100 percent. On a full charge, the battery will last about 20 hours for talking time, while standby mode will give you up to 550 hours. The smartphone’s 3.5 mm jack includes active noise-cancelation with its dedicated mic, so you can focus on the clarity of calls without interruption. Available colors include gold, aurora blue and graphite blue.

Best Camera: Huawei P20 Pro

For all intents and purposes, the new P20 phone is Huawei’s current flagship device. But, because of the sheer insanity that they’ve put into the camera, we had to give the nod here in the “best camera” category. Huawei has entered the dual-lens wars by partnering with legendary lens maker Leica and delivering not two, but three lenses for the rear, main camera system. That includes a head-spinning 40 MP, f/1.8 main camera, a 20 MP, f/1.6 secondary camera, and just for good measure, an 8MP telephoto lens for quality zoom. There’s also a 24 MP front-facing selfie cam.

Not to be outshone is the 6.1-inch OLED display that sports a competitive 1080 x 2240 resolution (not “Retina” levels, but still crisp). And the phone's color options are surprisingly key indicators of quality here: choose from sleek black, a deep midnight blue gradient, and the coolest one: a "Twilight blue" that fades from purple to aqua. Round that out with a Kirin 970 Octa-core 2.8 GHz/ 1.4 GHz CPU alongside 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and you have a phone that will feel premium in your hand (and produce premium content for your Instagram feed).

Runner-Up, Best Camera: Huawei P10 Plus

The Huawei P10 Plus is equipped with a 20MP camera, which means it’s capable of easily capturing pictures at 4K resolutions for stunning clarity and detail. How powerful is a 20MP camera? If you took a picture of a dog, you could see each individual hair on it and even the reflection in its eyes.

Aside from its 20MP monochrome and 12MP RGB main camera, the Huawei P10 Plus’s front camera uses 8MP, so you can take high-quality selfies and see them on its 5.1-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 screen display. The P10 Plus is also equipped with a fast-running Kirin 960 CPU with octa-core cortex that clocks in at 2.4 GHz, plus an A53 processor that runs at 1.8 GHz, which delivers blazing fast speeds for multitasking with mobile applications and services. The P10 Plus has an internal memory of 64GB and includes a microSD slot for up to 256GB of memory for extra photo storage space.

Best High-End: Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The Mate 10 offers twice the speed of 4G LTE with up to one gigabit per second, so you never get any lag with streaming video or playing mobile games. Its high-end features include an IP67 waterproof rating, 20MP camera and a large 4000 mAh battery with super-fast charging in about 20 minutes.

The Huawei Mate 10 is built with a beautiful six-inch display screen that has a pixel ratio of 18:9, plus HDR10 technology for robust image and video quality. It includes 6GB of RAM for lightning-fast application speeds and 128GB of internal memory. Its 20MP camera uses a LEICA dual lens with a f/1.6 aperture for optimal image stabilization along with an internal AI system that uses real-time recognition that can differentiate between 13 different subjects like people, pets and food. You’ll get a full day of battery life, even with heavy usage. The battery is protected by a 15-layer safety system certified by TÜV Rhineland to ensure no malfunctioning.

Best for Kids: Huawei P10 Lite

The Huawei P10 Lite offers the high-tech features that kids love along with the reliable communication and safety that parents want. Parents will love the Huawei’s 5-level safety design, powerful 4G LTE bands of 2/4/5/7/28 for communication, compass, GPS and gyroscope sensors. Kids will love its facial recognition technology, quick sharing abilities and super fast charging.

The Huawei P10 boasts an 8MP front camera with facial recognition technology and powerful 12MP rear camera for extra crisp and aesthetic photo shots. Its fingerprint sensor can unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds, while its Knuckle Sense Technology gives the phone’s user the ability to create multiple shortcuts such as tapping and drawing on the screen to capture movies and clips that can be shared instantly. The Huawei P10 can charge in just 10 minutes and holds a 3000 mAh battery that gives it a sufficient battery life that can handle a full day of use. It comes in white, blue, black and gold colors.

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