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Huawei quickly climbed up the ranks to become one of the most popular smartphone brands in the world. It was easy to see why, as the firm serves up great budget devices and cutting-edge flagship phones.

Unfortunately, the US trade ban against the company has resulted in the firm tumbling down the list in terms of popularity. This ban means all phones released in the last two years lack Google Mobile Services.

Still keen on Huawei’s phones even if they don’t have Google support? Or maybe you want the most recent phones with Google integration? Either way, we’ve got you covered with our list of the best Huawei phones. 

The 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 Pro

Huawei’s top flagships right now are the Mate 40 phones, and they pack some impressive hardware for the most part. Unfortunately, the Mate 40 Pro is the only model to leave China. So that means the 3.5mm-toting Mate 40 and the dual telephoto-packing Mate 40 Pro Plus miss global markets. 

Nevertheless, the Mate 40 Pro delivers a 90Hz OLED screen, top-end Kirin 9000 SoC, and a 4,400mAh battery with 66W wired and 50W wireless charging. Huawei’s phones are known for their camera credentials, and the Mate 40 Pro doesn’t disappoint here. You’re looking at a 50MP RYYB primary camera, a 20MP ultra-wide lens, and a 12MP 5X periscope camera. Meanwhile, a 13MP selfie snapper is available on the front.

Google support isn’t available here, but this is still the best Huawei flagship available in global markets right now.

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

2. Huawei P40 Pro series

Huawei P40 Pro rear cover full

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

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 primary 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 significant 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.

If you don’t mind waiting just a little bit longer to make your Huawei purchase, the P50 and P50 Pro are just around the corner. They both offer either 4G-ready Snapdragon 888 chips or more powerful 5G-enabled Kirin 9000 options. You can’t miss the large camera bump on the back, and there’s plenty of screen real estate to go around.

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

Huawei Mate Xs review open mode standing

Much like the P40 series, last year’s Huawei Mate XS doesn’t have Google Mobile Services, but it’s the first Huawei foldable to make its way West.

This 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 out-folding design means these cameras can also be used for selfies, with the rear screen being used as a mirror of sorts.

One other potential black mark against the Mate XS might be the foldable design itself. Out-folding designs like this make clever use of one screen, but they don’t protect the fragile folding screen from damage. So we’d expect this display to be scuffed up before the original Galaxy Fold’s panel.

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 Mate X2

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Huawei’s latest foldable marks a significant departure for the company, as it adopts the same in-folding design pioneered by Samsung’s Galaxy Fold series. It’s a sensible move, though, as it protects the foldable screen from any damage. And our own Kris Carlon noted that Huawei’s foldable offers larger internal and external screens than Samsung’s device.

More foldable coverage: The best foldable phones you can buy in 2021

In any event, the Mate X2 is flagship-level in many ways. There’s the Kirin 9000 5G SoC, 90Hz refresh rate for both panels, and a 4,500mAh battery with 55W wired charging. Photography is another strength for the foldable, packing an impressive quad-camera setup featuring a 50MP RYYB main camera, a 16MP ultra-wide snapper, and two telephoto shooters (12MP 3X and 8MP 10X). 

There are a few downsides to the foldable, though, and it starts with the lack of Google integration. But it also lacks the Z Fold 2’s wireless charging and ultra-thin glass protection. Nevertheless, foldables like this are one reason why we hope Huawei’s US ban is eased.

Huawei Mate X2 specs:

  • Foldable display: 8-inch, 2,200 x 2,480
  • Cover display: 6.45-inch, 1,160 x 2,700
  • SoC: Kirin 9000
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 40, 16, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. 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 older flagship is two years old now and 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 top-ups. So it should last for a long time and charge in just over an hour. We also get an IP68 design, reverse wireless charging, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The P30 Pro stood out back in 2019 thanks to its low-light performance, and you can still expect some good shots in 2021 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 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

6. Huawei P Smart 2021

The Huawei P Smart 2021 is one of the best Huawei phones to get at a low price. Unlike the previous iteration, the new P Smart is seemingly focused on enlarging everything, from display size to battery capacity, in a bid to entice Western buyers who may be put off by the lack of Google services.

Read: The best budget phones you can buy

Visually, the new P Smart is reminiscent of the Huawei P40 line, featuring a large rectangular camera array at the rear with a punch-hole camera in the top-center of the screen. That screen measures 6.67 inches, much larger than the P Smart 2020’s modest 6.2-inch display. The device’s size also allows Huawei to slap in a 5,000mAh battery. Again, that’s some 1,600mAh larger than the P Smart 2020.

Internally, the Kirin 710A powers the phone alongside 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The latter can be bolstered by a microSD card, too.

Huawei P Smart specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 710A
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

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