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Huawei has quickly climbed up the ranks to become one of the most popular smartphone brands in the world. It’s easy to see why, as the firm serves up great budget devices and cutting-edge flagship phones. Not sure where to start though? We’ve got you covered with our list of the best Huawei phones.

It’s also worth noting that we’ll be including phones that don’t have Google Mobile Services due to the US trade ban. The situation doesn’t look like it’s coming to an end anytime soon, so this is the new normal for the company right now.

Best Huawei phones:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best Huawei phones as new devices come to market.


1. Huawei Mate 40 series

Huawei Mate 40 Pro held in the hand showing the rear mystic silver finish

Huawei’s latest and greatest flagships are the Mate 40 phones, and they pack some impressive hardware for the most part. The Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, and Mate 40 Pro Plus all share a 90Hz OLED screen, 50MP RYYB main camera, and 13MP selfie snapper.

Meanwhile, the Mate 40 Pro and Pro Plus offer a top-end Kirin 9000 processor, 4,400mAh battery, 66W wired charging, and 50W wireless topups. The standard variant uses a slightly downgraded Kirin 9000E chipset, a 4,200mAh battery, 40W wired charging, and lacks wireless charging credentials.

Both Pro variants sport a 20MP ultra-wide lens compared to the standard model’s 16MP snapper. But the Pro has a 12MP 5x periscope lens, while the Pro Plus has a 12MP 3x telephoto camera and an 8MP 10x periscope shooter for superior zoom shots. The standard Mate 40 has to make do with an 8MP 3x telephoto lens.

Huawei’s Mate 40 also misses out on a front-facing 3D ToF camera seen on the Pro and Pro Plus, but does gain a 3.5mm port. Nevertheless, these look like fine flagships if the lack of Google integration doesn’t bother you (and that’s a big “if”).

Since they were just recently announced, availability is limited for now. The phones are up for pre-order in a few countries across Europe.


Huawei Mate 40 specs:

  • Display: 6.76-inch, 2,376 x 1,080
  • SoC: Kirin 9000E
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Huawei Mate 40 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.76-inch, 2,772 x 1,344
  • SoC: Kirin 9000
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 20, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 13MP + 3D ToF
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.76-inch, 2,772 x 1,344
  • SoC: Kirin 9000
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 20, 12, and 8MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 13MP + 3D ToF
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Huawei P40 Pro and Pro Plus

Huawei P40 Pro Home screen stock settings

The early 2020 Huawei flagship doesn’t have Google Mobile Services, but it still brings quite a few impressive hardware features to the table.

Huawei’s devices have a reputation for great cameras and the P40 Pro and Pro Plus seem to deliver here. You’ve got a 50MP main camera with big pixels and the firm’s RYYB color filters for improved low-light performance. And these filters also find their way to the zoom cameras, promising better zoomed-in shots at night. You’ve got a 5x periscope camera on the standard P40 Pro, and two zoom sensors on the Plus model (3x and 10x).

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Otherwise, the other major addition this year is a 90Hz OLED screen for both models. This should deliver smoother animations and gaming in supported content. Other notable features include 5G capabilities, a 4,200mAh battery with 40W charging (and 40W wireless charging for the Pro Plus), and IP68 designs.


Huawei P40 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.58-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 40, 40, and 12MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Huawei P40 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.58-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 40, 40, 8, and 8MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Huawei Mate XS

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Much like the P40 series, the Huawei Mate XS doesn’t have Google Mobile Services either, but it marks the first Huawei foldable to be released in the West.

Huawei’s latest foldable is a mild upgrade over the Mate X, delivering a Kirin 990 chipset instead of the Kirin 980 seen in the P30 series and Mate 20 family. Otherwise, you’re still getting 8GB of RAM, 512GB of expandable storage, and a 4,500mAh battery with 55W charging.

The Mate XS also delivers a triple camera setup, featuring a 40MP main camera, 16MP ultra-wide shooter, and a 3x telephoto sensor. And the foldable design means these cameras can also be used for selfies, with the rear screen being used as a mirror of sorts.


Huawei Mate XS specs:

  • Display: 8-inch unfolded, 2,480 x 2,200
  • SoC: Kirin 990 5G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 40, 16, and 8MP + 3D ToF
  • Front cameras: Same as rear cameras
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Huawei P30 series

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Like the idea of the P40 Pro but need full Google support? Then the Huawei P30 Pro should be up your alley. Huawei’s early 2019 flagship doesn’t have the latest chipset or a high refresh rate screen, but it’s still got loads of features.

Much like its successor, the P30 Pro has a 4,200mAh battery with 40W wired charging and 27W wireless topups. So it should last for a long time and charge in no time. We also get an IP68 design, reverse wireless charging, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Read: Huawei P30 Pro camera review — Next level optics, low-light champion

The P30 Pro stood out back in 2019 thanks to its low-light performance, and you can still expect some great shots now when the sun goes down. It also excels at zoom, delivering a 5x periscope camera that tops out at 10x hybrid zoom (and 50x digital).

Huawei’s standard P30 is worth a look too, featuring a versatile triple rear camera setup, headphone port, OLED screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor, and the Kirin 980 chipset. You aren’t getting 40W charging, wireless charging, IP68 resistance, or a periscope camera, but it’s a solid deal at roughly $500 on Amazon right now. Furthermore, the company has also launched the P30 Pro New Edition in 2020, being slightly cheaper than the original P30 Pro’s launch price but mostly identical otherwise.


Huawei P30 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.47-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 40, 20, and 8MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Huawei P30 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 40, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 3,650mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. Huawei Mate 20X 5G

Huawei Mate 20 X camera 2

Looking for a 5G Huawei phone? Well, the P40 and Mate 30 series both sport 5G versions, but only the Mate 20 family has a 5G option with Google Play Services. Yes, the Mate 20X 5G was one of the first 5G phones on the market.

One of the biggest reasons to get the phone (literally) has to be the 7.2-inch OLED screen, making it ideal for multimedia and gaming. Otherwise, this is essentially the Mate 20 Pro with a big screen, no IP rating, no wireless charging, and no 3D face unlock.

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The Mate 20X 5G even has the Mate 20 Pro’s triple rear camera (40MP+20MP+8MP), selfie camera, 4,200mAh battery, and 40W charging. However, it has one advantage over the Mate 20 Pro, packing a 3.5mm port as well.


Huawei Mate 20X 5G specs:

  • Display: 7.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 40, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

6. Huawei Y9 Prime 2019

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The pop-up selfie camera trend arguably peaked in 2019 with the likes of the OnePlus 7 Pro, Redmi K20 series, and Oppo Reno series all offering the feature. What if you want a cheaper phone with a pop-up camera though?

Huawei’s Y9 Prime 2019 delivers a 16MP pop-up selfie shooter for roughly $210 on the likes of Amazon, making it one of the cheapest phones with the feature. It’s clearly a lower mid-range phone, though, delivering a Kirin 710F processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and a 4,000mAh battery.

The Y9 Prime 2019 also has a triple camera setup (16MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, and 2MP depth), a 6.59-inch Full HD+ LCD screen, and a rear fingerprint scanner.


Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 710F
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB
  • Cameras: 16, 8, and 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

7. Huawei P40 Lite

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Another Huawei phone without Google services makes the list in the Huawei P40 Lite. It’s unlikely to see the same global success as previous Lite models, but it still has some noteworthy features.

Read: The best budget phones you can currently buy

The new phone serves up a mid-range Kirin 810 chipset that should go toe-to-toe with the Snapdragon 710 seen in some mid-range phones. You’re also getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, although we’re disappointed to see the NM memory card standard make an appearance here again.

Other features worth knowing include a quad camera setup (48MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth), a beefy 4,200mAh battery with 40W charging, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.


Huawei P40 Lite specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 810
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Huawei P30 Lite

 P30 Lite in different colors

Huawei’s Lite series has become the go-to pick for scores of smartphone users on a budget, and it’s easy to see why with the P30 Lite. It’s also the last Lite model to launch with Google Play Services.

Standout features include a triple rear camera system (24MP or 48MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, and 2MP depth), 128GB of expandable storage, and a 24MP or 32MP selfie camera. The phone is a pretty solid performer in other aspects too, as you get a Kirin 710 processor, and a 3,340mAh battery. It doesn’t have the most powerful chipset for the price or the biggest battery, but the overall package is pretty solid for under $300.

Need a bigger battery? Then the Huawei P20 Lite 2019 might be for you then. It packs a 4,000mAh battery and a fourth camera (macro), albeit in exchange for a lower resolution main camera.


Huawei P30 Lite specs:

  • Display: 6.15-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 710
  • RAM: 4/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 24, 8, and 2MP
  • Front cameras: 24MP or 32MP
  • Battery: 3,340mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

These are the best Huawei phones in our books, but we’ll be updating our list as new devices hit the market.

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