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Choosing the best mobile phone

Which Huawei mobile phone should I buy?

By Callum Tennent

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Huawei is China's most popular smartphone brand right now with millions sold every year, yet it's still a relative unknown in the UK. Our guide will help you decide if a Huawei mobile phone is the right choice for you, which model to go for and how much you need to spend.

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After a steady stream of budget-friendly releases in recent years, Huawei is now one of the biggest players in Britain, boasting some very tempting top-of-the-line mobile phones that claim to rival the likes of Apple, Samsung and the rest of the established elite. 

Huawei and its cheaper sub-brand Honor have positively flooded the market over the past couple of years, releasing mobile phones at every price point. It's become rapidly apparent that Huawei is here to stay - and one look at its more impressive handsets should ease any doubts over quality.

They aren't all winners, though, and with so many models you'll need to be careful not to pick a dud. Our tough mobile phone tests will help you find the right handset at the right price.

Below we reveal the very best Huawei mobile phones to come out of our test lab. Only logged-in Which? members can view our exclusive ratings and verdicts below. If you're not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access.

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Huawei P20 Pro

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The Huawei P20 Pro is here to disrupt the Apple-Samsung mobile phone duopoly, with its jaw-dropping design and a ridiculous list of specifications, including three rear-facing cameras. It's aiming to be the handset that puts Huawei firmly on the map in the Western world, but can it truly compete? Read our review to see how this smartphone scored in our lab test.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

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The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has, on paper at least, some cutting-edge features with an enormous 6-inch screen and dual cameras. Is it the first Huawei handset truly capable of beating its big-name competitors? Read the full review to find out.

Huawei Honor 10

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Originally Huawei's budget sub-brand, the Honor 10 has propelled it into a big name in its own right. It looks to offer the flagship experience at a sensible price - but how did it fare when it went through our test lab?

Huawei Honor Play

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For such a relatively low price, this smartphone is a great choice if you’re looking for high specs and good features. It received our highest test score for models in its price range, as a result of its of incredibly durable screen and wonderfully performing cameras. If you’re willing to overlook the gripes of somewhat difficult grip and average sound quality, this may be the phone for you.

Huawei Honor 6A

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A smartphone that’s perfectly priced for those on a budget, it’s also quite compact, so would be suited to anyone who’s uninterested in the gargantuan smartphones dominating the market. It has a few drawbacks, namely in the areas of speed and slow charging. However, the impressively clear display and battery resilience with web browsing are still welcomed features of such an inexpensive phone.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of November 2018.

How much do Huawei mobile phones cost?

There's no simple answer to that question - Huawei, perhaps more than any other brand - has an enormous range of prices for its smartphones. It's common for models to have 'Lite' and 'Pro' versions which, as the names suggest, are slightly scaled-back or bigger and better, respectively.

Huawei P series

The P range has emerged as its flagship line, with the P20 and its variations capturing plenty of headlines in 2018 thanks to some specs that aim to match, if not surpass, the very best smartphones. Unfortunately, it's also priced as such - expect to pay as much as £800 for the latest, most advanced models.

Huawei Mate series

The Mate range is also popular, most easily identified by its enormous screen. Mate Pro models were previously the most advanced and expensive handsets Huawei had to offer, but that title now rests with the P series. That said, they still offer some impressive specifications at a price that's a little more palatable.

Honor phone series

Bringing up the rear is the extensive line of Honor phones. While there may be some fairly pricey handsets available with the Honor branding on them, the bread and butter of the range is big handsets packed with features that look more expensive than they really are. Some models cost as little as £120.

Want to save even more money? Take a look at our guide to buying a refurbished or used mobile phone.

What to look out for when choosing a Huawei mobile phone

There are a few things to think about when deciding which Huawei handset to opt for. Here’s our shortlist of what to consider:

  • Size Unfortunately for those with small hands or tight jeans, Huawei phones range from 'on the large side' to 'absolutely enormous'. Don't expect to find any with a screen smaller than 5.2-inches.
  • Storage space Almost every Huawei handset has a micro-SD card slot. The few that don't tend to be the more expensive models that offer 128GB of storage as standard, which should be enough to keep most users satisfied.
  • Speed You may look over the specs for a Huawei phone and think something seems unusual. That would be because you're unlikely to find its HiSilicon Kirin processor in any other brand of handset. They're made by Huawei, for Huawei, so each handset is engineered to squeeze the maximum amount of power out of it.
  • Cameras Huawei caused quite a commotion with the release of the P20 Pro, as it was the first smartphone we've seen to have three rear-facing cameras. Even when buying a more affordable model it's not uncommon to find dual rear-facing lenses.

Do any Huawei mobile phones make our favourites list? Find out in our top five best smartphones guide.