I bought Huawei Honor 2 in 2013. Nobody knew about this brand that year — it was something exotic and rare, so no one thought it would become something bigger.
After 4 years, in the 2017 autumn, Huawei surpassed Apple’s smartphones sales and became the world’s second smartphone brand, right after unattainable Samsung. Now, after the situation at the market has stabilized, Huawei firmly established itself as the world’s #3 smartphone brand, with more than 150 millions smartphones shipped during 2017.
What is the reason?
There are actually two reasons: their marketing strategy and the quality of the phones. We won’t talk about the first one, because this article is about the Huawei cell phones, without any unnecessary information.
If you want to choose a smartphone for you or for someone else, Huawei could be a really great choice. This company offers dozens of different smartphones, from cheap Huawei Y3 that costs about $100, to Huawei Mate 10 Pro with very good camera and dedicated artificial intelligence chip (you’ll have to spend more than $750 on this device). If you want something small, with good, bright screen and fine camera — P8 Lite would work well. Want a phablet with bezel-less 6 inches screen, powerful mobile processor and perfect camera? Mate 10 Lite and Mate 10 Pro are here to stay. There are many Huawei phone series and dozens of Huawei android phones, so you will definitely find something for you.
Huawei assortment. What’s wrong with it and how to sort it out?
You can choose among more than 50 different Huawei smartphones. Such diversity is great, on one hand — because no matter what your requirements are, you will 100% find something. On the other hand, it’s not so perfect — because it’s quite easy to get confused by different types of Huawei phones when you are looking for one of them.
This is actually the problem of all chinese smartphone makers. We can say the same about Xiaomi, for example — their Redmi/Redmi Note/Mi/Mi Note/Mi Max/Mi Mix lines are truly a disaster (we are talking about names, not about the smartphones themselves, of course). Compare these smartphone classification with Samsung’s J, A and S series (cheap, medium, expensive) or with Apple iPhone (simple models and S models) and you’ll understand what we are talking about.
Huawei had the same problem, but now it’s quite easy to understand what does the index of a certain Huawei smartphone mean. Thus, they have Y series, Mate series, Lite series, P series and Nova series. And Honor, of course. Still doesn’t look clear, right?
Well, it isn’t very difficult. Y series smartphones are cheap Huawei phones with 8 megapixel camera with WXGA (nonsense in 2018) or HD screens and slow CPUs. They are cheap and not enough for modern world, but well, they are good for certain circumstances. My granny uses Huawei Y2, that’s what I’m talking about — some people just doesn’t need all those new features and 4K screens.
Mate series is something bigger. Huawei Mate smartphones are flagmans, high-end devices with the latest technologies and features. They are expensive, powerful and big — with their 6 inches screens, newest processors and cameras with Leica lenses (it’s cool, because it’s all about lenses when it comes to the quality of the photos).
Lite series smartphones are something like a little bit simplified versions of flagman smartphones. They are cheaper than Mate series, but almost as good as their elder brothers.
P series devices from Huawei are something like Mate series for average users. While Mate series phones are the flagmans which usually introduce new technologies and features (like they did with their new Kirin processors, fingerprint scanners, 4K video and other cool things), P series smartphones are usually introduced a little bit later than Mate devices and offer the best of Huawei concepts for the majority of users. The smartphones of this serie are usually a little bit cheaper than Mate phones. And they are more available in the stores, so it’s like more mass-market devices than Mate.
Nova series smartphones are mid-range smartphones, according to Wikipedia and pricing policy of Huawei. They were designed for “young aspirers”, and they have everything needed for the absolute majority of users. These phones usually have full hd 2.5D screens, new (but not the most powerful) processors, fingerprint sensors, quite nice cameras and 3-4 Gb of RAM. Not the best phones, but quite cheap and have everything needed, right?
Honor is actually a sub-brand of Huawei. These devices are primarily sold via online shops and the philosophy and strategy of Honor is a little different. The price is lower than the price of premium Huawei Mate’s and P’s, the technical characteristics are quite similar, but the context differs: Honor devices are more affordable and the strategy is more focused on young people. And of course, you can find Honor smartphones at American market without any problems (you’ve probably mentioned the American spelling of the word “honour”).
Of course, it’s quite difficult to sort all these details out and, what’s more important, to implement this knowledge. When it comes to Huawei, compare models may be a problem — there is just too much information you have to take into account. Do you have enough time to read a long Huawei phones review (or, what’s more likely, “reviews”)? Do you want to spend hours on researching Huawei phones price list?
We bet you don’t! Most likely, you just want to read one clear huawei products review in order to understand, what smartphone to buy. Right?
That’s exactly why we’ve made this Huawei ranking article. We have sorted all the devices of this company out and pointed out ten best options. Some of them are cheap, some are expensive. Some of them are big, the others are not. The only thing in common is: they all are very good, because Huawei smartphones are definitely good.
So, meet this top 10 Huawei mobiles list! We have collected such phones here: Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10 Lite, P10 Plus, P10 Lite, P8 Lite, Nova Lite 2017, P Smart, Mate 9, Y3 2017, and Honor View 10. Let’s go!
1. Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the best Huawei phone in 2018. Kirin 970 CPU with NPU, 4000 MhA battery, double camera with Leica lense — truly the flagship
Notification: it’s a revolutionary smartphone so we have to say lots of words about it.
The first thing for you to know: this one is very expensive. It costs more than $750 on Amazon, which is $100 more than Samsung S8+ — but we are sure that this phone is definitely worth it.
So, it’s one of the most powerful smartphones in the world at the moment. It has the latest processor, developed and manufactured by Huawei — it’s called Kirin 970 (8 cores, 4 Cortex-A73 cores and 4 Cortex-A53 cores), it’s made with 10 nm lithography, and its graphics card is called Mali-G72 MP12 (high-end solution, the most powerful Mali graphics card today).We can skip the details and just say that the hardware is very good here. Mate 10 Pro gets 175,000 points in Antutu, which is better than iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (and almost similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 result, 178,000). But it’s not the main cool feature of the Mate 10 Pro hardware, of course.
The main thing why this device is really great is its NPU. It is a Neural Network Processing Unit, it’s integrated into the Kirin 970 processor, and it is a huge leap forward.
NPU is actually about machine learning and artificial intelligence (as we now know it, of course, nothing miraculous). Earlier, all the operations related to AI and machine learning were performed in the cloud, but Huawei decided to transfer these operations inside each device. It makes sense, because the smartphones become more and more powerful each year — and with this solution, Huawei returned the primary meaning of the word “smartphone”. Now it’s really smart.
For you as a user, all this NPU, AI and machine learning things mean that:
- your smartphone will work faster and more stable
- your data will become more private and protected
Let’s make it more clear and give an example. Imagine that you make a photo and the AI system tries to improve it with its machine learning algorithms. With Google technology, all the computations and operations will be performed in a cloud. With Huawei technology, all the processes will be performed inside your device, which means they will be performed as fast as possible. Faster than in a cloud, of course.
This feature will also make your data more protected. Using cloud for data processing is normal and simple, but as we know very well, clouds can be vulnerable. Taking all these operations from the cloud into your phone makes these operations less vulnerable — and it’s great, too.
It’s the future, and it’s here. That’s what you pay for when you buy the latest Mate 10 Pro from Huawei.
But along with that AI stuff, Mate 10 Pro is a perfect device. It’s a smartphone with 6 Gb RAM and this amount of memory would be enough for the next 3-5 years, I guess. With 6 Gb RAM you can forget about cleaning memory and unloading opened applications. The same is about ROM — there are 128 Gb of memory in this phone and that would be enough for the absolute majority of people.
The design and screen of this smartphone are perfect, too. It’s a bezel-less device, which looks beautiful — and its screen is truly a masterpiece. It’s a very bright, very big (6 inches!) OLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and 2K resolution (2160 x 1920 pixels) — it’s not Retina, of course, but it’s one of the best OLED screens at the market. And despite the screen is very large, the smartphone isn’t very big — thanks to 18:9 aspect ratio and the absence of bezels, Mate 10 Pro is smaller than iPhone 7 Plus, which has 5.5 inches display! Great work, Huawei designers. Way to go!
The last thing that must be mentioned is camera. It’s a double-camera with Leica optics, laser autofocus and dual-tone flashlight. It allows to make great photos with bokeh blur without any software, just because of the second camera.
Leica optics is probably the most important part of it — it’s one of the best manufacturers of optics and cameras. It allows to make ideal photos with extremely good details even in the situations with very low light. Dual-tone flashlight, in its turn, reminds me the old good xenon flashlight modules on old Sony Ericsson (CyberShot series) — it’s very bright and can help even if it’s deep night and there is no light around you.
Of course, this Huawei dual camera phone price is quite high. It’s one of the disadvantages of this phone, and it’s not alone. Another problem is the material: here it is a Corning Gorilla Glass, and it’s good, because that’s why Mate 10 Pro has an IP67 protection level. On the other hand, that’s exactly why this phone is a fingerprint magnet, and that’s not what you expect from a flagman that costs $750. And the last problem is the absence of 3.5 mm jack for headphones — well, Huawei tries to pick up the trend. Good luck to them.
2. Huawei best buy, Mate 10 Lite — 5.9”, FHD+ IPS screen, double camera. High quality for optimal price
It’s the “Lite” version of the previous smartphone. It’s a new model — Huawei has presented it during 2017 autumn, and at some markets, this phone was presented as “Nova 2” — but enough with it. Let’s see the specs.
When we say “lite” we mean it’s not as powerful and premium as Mate 10 Pro, but it’s cheaper, consequently. This phone is more than twice cheaper (in some places, it costs $300 only), but it isn’t two times worse, of course — just a little less premium.
The CPU is made by Huawei again. It’s Kirin 659, with 8 cores — and although this processor doesn’t have a Neural Processing Unit, it’s still powerful and modern (16 nm lithography, introduced in 2017). Huawei Mate 10 Lite gets 64,000 points in Antutu which is more than 83% of the smartphones and really enough for the majority of operations. 4 Gb of RAM, Android Nougat with 5.1 version of EMUI, 3,340 MhA battery — everything is very good here. It’s a quite cheap, good and fast smartphone.
And it looks great! Very big 6 inches Full HD+ screen made with IPS technology is not as good as the elder brother’s 2K OLED screen, but you will enjoy it anyway. Bezels are very thin so it looks like all those trendy bezel-less smartphones.
As for the camera of Mate 10 Lite, there are two double cameras here. The main camera has two modules, 16 and 2 megapixels. It can shoot FHD videos on 30 fps, and the quality of the photos/videos is decent. Selfie cameras are 13 and 2 megapixels, and it can shoot the same videos. Bokeh blur is here, too.
I also like the metal body of this device — it’s not as slippery as Mate 10 Pro but it still looks good.
3. Huawei P10 Plus — one of the best recent Huawei phones with new CPU and cool camera
It’s another flagship that costs about $650 in March, 2018. It’s for those who want something premium from Huawei, but don’t want big 6 inches screen. P10 Plus has a perfect 5.5 inches screen with WQHD resolution (2560*1440). Thanks to the display size, there are 550 pixels per inch here, which means it’s a pleasure to use it, seriously.
It looks great, like a stylish premium device. Metal and glass body, great 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5, nothing too much here. It’s also very fast, with its 8-core Kirin 960 CPU, 4 Gb of RAM and Mali G71 MP8 graphic card. 148,000 points in Antutu say for themselves — this result is better than the results of 96% of smartphones (and Samsung S7). 64 Gb of memory and 6 Gb (!) of RAM would be enough, but you can use microSD cards up to 256 Gb.
I need to say something about this great camera, of course. Double camera with Leica optics (20 Mp and 12 Mp), dual-tone flashlight and f/1.8 makes your photos great even if there isn’t enough light. You can shot 4K videos (!), but the frontal camera is not as good, it’s only 8 megapixels.
As we’ve said, it’s a stylish phone. You can choose among 6 colours, from silver to green. It’s a very thin and light device with only 7 mm and 145 grams.
4. Probably the best of the Huawei mid range phones — P10 Lite. Single camera, 3,000 MhA battery, very good price
It costs less than $300 ($275 for 26.02.2018), and it would be a great choice if you want something beautiful, powerful and not too expensive.
With the Kirin 658 processor (8 cores), Mali-T830 graphic card and 3 Gb of RAM, P10 Lite gives a user everything needed. 32 Gb of memory isn’t enough in 2018, but you can always use a microSD card (not more than 128 Gb). Android Nougat with EMUI 5.1 will update to Oreo soon, I believe. Huawei is well-known for the support and updates they provide for each smartphone.
It’s not the Huawei smallest phone, of course, but it’s very compact with its 5.2 inches screen. The resolution is full HD here, not HD, so you will not feel like your smartphone is obsolete. Oleophobic coating, Gorilla Glass, nice blue/black/white/gold colors — it’s impossible to not to stand out from the crowd with this smartphone.
Camera is fine here, too — despite it’s only single camera here, it’s 12 megapixel sensor makes photos, that can be compared to the P10 photos. Full HD videos are here, too. Nothing really cool here, but it’s a decent camera for its price. You’ll like this phone, 100%.
5. What about one of the most popular Huawei USA phones? Huawei P8 Lite 2017 is here to stay
$200 for fast smartphone with latest fingerprint sensor, 2.5D glass, 12 megapixels camera and 4Gb of RAM? Give me two!
Processor is another advantage of this smartphone. It’s Kirin 655 with 8 cores, and it provides great user experience, with no lags or freezes. It would be enough for the majority of games (but not too demanding, of course).
Screen is FHD here, with 2.5D glass and Gorilla Glass, of course. It looks ok, but the problem is that there is no oleophobic coating in this smartphone, so if you are going to buy it, take this into account.
Camera is fine, too. 12 megapixels sensor with fast autofocus would be enough for 90% of people. If you aren’t satisfied by it, look at the price again, please. It’s extremely low for such a cool phone, so we have to accept a little problems. Like 16 Gb of memory — be ready and buy a microSD card together with this Huawei.
6. Huawei Nova Lite 2017 — if you are looking for Huawei low price mobile, this one will work well. Snapdragon CPU, Android Nougat, 5 inch screen — looks like something interesting
This smartphone is similar to the previous one, but with some differences. The main is the CPU — if you don’t trust Huawei’s solutions, you will be glad with this phone. It uses Snapdragon 425 CPU which is not the fastest chip, of course, but still a good one.
Its price is about $250-300, and it’s a simple phone for those who doesn’t need more than that. HD screen, 3 Gb of RAM (and 16 Gb of memory), 8 core processor — that would be a great choice if you want a simple smartphone by Huawei. It can work well as a second Huawei phone — battery life would be enough for 2-3 days, so you can use it as a phone for work or just in case. Please, note that when it comes to Huawei phones, USA types of these phones are sometimes different — thus, Huawei Nova Lite 2017 can have both Snapdragon 425 or Kirin 655 processors. Both of them have 8 cores and will work well, but if you need something with Snapdragon CPU in the USA, you’ll most likely have to spend some time on the search.
7. P Smart is a good and cheap Huawei full hd smartphone. Android Oreo, double camera, 3 Gb Ram — what else do we need?
P Smart costs up to $250 at Amazon, and it’s a very interesting choice for this money. The thing is, its characteristics are really cool:
- Kirin 659 (8 cores), good graphics (Mali-T830);
- 3 or 4 Gb Ram and 32 or 64 Gb memory;
- Double camera (13+2 megapixels), full HD video;
- 5.65 inches IPS full HD screen.
Aluminum body of the smartphone, nice screen size together with fast and beautiful Android Oreo — we don’t see any reasons why you should skip this device. What’s more, it works well with 4G LTE, so it’s a good choice if you live in the USA.
8. Huawei Mate 9, 6 inch phone which is almost as good as his elder brother Mate 10 (but cheaper)
This smartphone costs less than $500 and it’s a flagman phablet. Sounds good enough, doesn’t it? Well, it’s very similar to Mate 10, but older and consequently a little bit
Amazing 6 inches IPS screen with full HD resolution, 4 Gb of RAM and 64 Gb of memory, powerful and very fast Kirin 960 processor (8 cores A-73 and A-53) — this smartphone was created to be powerful. You can play all the modern games at this phone, and open all, even the most demanding applications.
Camera is a masterpiece here, too. Double camera (20 and 12 megapixels), shooting 4K video — you will enjoy both photos and videos.
And it’s quite big! It feels a little bit heavy when you hold it, so if you are, like, a girl with small and beautiful hands, think twice before buying it. In all other cases, Mate 9 will suit great.
9. Huawei Y3 2017 is one of those very cheap Huawei phones. If you want to spend less money, choose this one — but read the description carefully
Extra-cheap smartphone. If you don’t know how to spend $100, you can buy a good smartphone that will work well as a second, alternate phone. The characteristics are quite weak — 1 Gb Ram, 8 Gb memory, 4 core MediaTek CPU and FWVGA (480*854) TFT screen. It will work, of course — but don’t expect that it will surprise you.
However, if your main phone has suddenly died, you will be glad even to such a weak phone that works. Another possible situation — you can buy this phone to the older relatives, if they don’t want something better, of course. It’s a small phone with quite big screen (5 inches), you can call, write SMS, use messengers and even google something with it. Nothing more.
10. Huawei Honor View 10 — Huawei latest phone, presented in December, 2017. 16 Mp and 20 Mp double camera, powerful Kirin 970 CPU, 6 Gb RAM, Android Oreo — that’s what we love
This is another flagman, very expensive ($750-$800) and very powerful. The most powerful Huawei processor, 20 Mp+16 Mp double camera, 6 Gb of RAM, the latest Android, 3D face recognition, 6 inches 2.5D screen and 3750 MhA battery — sounds like heaven.
It has the same processor as Mate 10 Pro has — Kirin 970 with the same Neural Processing Unit. We’ve already told you what does it mean — with it, smartphone becomes faster, more secure and more “smart”. The characteristics are very similar to Mate (except OLED screen, water and dust protection, and optical stabilization), but the philosophy is different. It’s like a “youth edition” of Mate 10 — it doesn’t look as premium as Mate, it doesn’t have the whole pack of top features, but it’s still a premium bezel-free phablet. You will not be disappointed by this phone, that’s what we think. Although it’s expensive, it’s worth its price — because View 10, just like Mate 10, is the future that knocks to your door.