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Choosing the best mobile phone

Which Huawei or Honor mobile phone should I buy?

By Callum Tennent

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As Huawei has grown in popularity, its sub-brand Honor, has also built a brand in its own right. Find out whether a Huawei or Honor mobile phone is the right choice for you.

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After a steady stream of smartphone releases focused in the budget and mid-range price range, both Huawei and Honor are now big 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.  

Both brands have positively flooded the market of recent, 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.

Below we look at the very best Huawei and Honor 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 Mate 20 Pro

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Huawei is making a determined play for the premium space occupied by Apple and Samsung. The Mate 20 Pro is jam packed with AI smarts, a triple camera co-engineered by German camera giants Leica and plenty of other impressive specs under the hood. The manufacturer has been releasing models consistently this year, but can the Huawei Mate 20 Pro make a name for itself in such a competitive market?

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.

HTC 10

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Originally introduced as 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?

Honor 8X

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The Honor 8X is another addition to Honor's affordable smartphone range. This smartphone has a sleek metallic-blue design and a landscape camera placement so you can turn it into a fully-fledged camera. It also continues the range of large-screen devices from the brand, with a huge 6.5-inch screen. But is it really possible to produce a high-scoring, quality smartphone for this price? Read our full review of the Honor 8X to find out.

Huawei Mate 20 Lite

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Joining the trolley of successful releases from this manufacturer, this smartphone is a younger sibling to its chart-topping range mate. It may not pack as much of a punch but it certainly did impress for its price, thanks to its fast processor and battery life.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of January 2019.

How much do Huawei mobile phones cost?

There’s no simple answer to that question. While Huawei is no stranger to releasing premium smartphones, its range of mobile phones is so diverse that you can find at least one mobile phone at every price point. 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. Prices within the P series range from £199 all the way to £800 for their most advanced models, so you wouldn’t be short of choice.

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 and with the release of the Mate 20 Pro, it appears that this series is venturing into the premium rankings.

How much do Honor mobile phones cost?

Honor on the other hand, doesn't veer far from its core, releasing low budget to mid-range smartphones consistently for the past 6 years. Honor phones are mostly released in a numbered system, for example the Honor 8, which is their flagship series. You can also find variants of the flagship models in separate series’ i.e. the Honor 8 is featured as the Honor 8X in the ‘X series’.

Outside of its flagship, Honor has a popular ‘V series’, to which the Honor View 20 belongs and we expect to see this series continue. Models such as the 'Honor Play' aimed at gamers, are part of the 'Play' series which is still small, but we expect that it will continue to expand.

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What to look out for when choosing a Huawei or Honor mobile phone

There are a few things to think about when deciding which Huawei or Honor handset to opt for. Luckily, as they’re so closely linked, they have very similar specifications where the key criteria are concerned. We’ve rounded up both brands to give you our shortlist of what to consider: 

  • Size Unfortunately for those with small hands or tight jeans, Huawei and Honor phones range from 'on the large side' to 'absolutely enormous'. Expect that these smartphones will have 5-inches or more.
  • Storage space Almost every Huawei and Honor 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 processor specs for either brand and think something seems unusual. That would be because of Huawei’s unique HiSilicon Kirin processor. It’s designed by Huawei, for Huawei smartphones and while Honor has branched into a brand of its own, its smartphones still use this specifically engineered processor, designed to squeeze the maximum power out of Huawei phones.
  • Cameras Huawei and Honor are no strangers to releasing smartphones with several rear-facing lenses. Huawei is known to feature triple rear cameras, seen on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, but Honor typically releases more affordable smartphones with dual rear-facing lenses. What truly separates both brands from their rivals is the incorporation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology into their cameras, allowing you to take enhanced photos, edit images and identify scenery.

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