The best Huawei phones you can buy right now (February 2021)

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.

The best Huawei phones:

Huawei Mate 40 series

Huawei P40 Pro series

Huawei Mate XS

Huawei Mate 30 series

Huawei P30 series

Huawei Nova 7

Huawei Y9a

Huawei P Smart

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

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1. Huawei Mate 40 series

Huawei Mate 40 Pro hero shot of the back

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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”).

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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 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.

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).

Related: Everything you need to know about EMUI 11

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.

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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, the Huawei Mate XS doesn’t have Google Mobile Services, 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.

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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 30 series

huawei mate 30 pro space silver on bench 21

The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro also suffer from a Google-less experience, but they are great phones if you don’t mind having a previous generation mate. Specs are powerful and cameras are what you would expect from a Huawei smartphone. It will also cost less given that it’s a slightly older handset.

These were among the first to get the circular camera design in the back, and curved sides are more pronounced at 88 degrees. On the display front, the Mate 30 Pro has a 6.53-inch OLED panel with a 2,400 x 1,080 resolution, 18.4:9 aspect ratio, and supports DCI-P3 HDR standard. The regular Mate 30, meanwhile, sports a 6.62-inch rigid OLED display with a 2,340 x 1,080 resolution.

These also come with plenty of power, large batteries, and 40W fast charging. If that wasn’t enough, you can also charge fast wirelessly, as the devices supports 27W wireless charging.

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Huawei Mate 30 specs:

Display: 6.62-inch, FHD+

SoC: Kirin 990

RAM: 6/8GB

Storage: 128GB

Cameras: 40, 16, and 8MP

Front camera: 24MP + 3D ToF

Battery: 4,200mAh

Software: Android 10

Huawei Mate 30 Pro specs:

Display: 6.53-inch, 2,400 x 1,176

SoC: Kirin 990

RAM: 8GB

Storage: 128/256GB

Cameras: 40, 40, and 8MP

Front camera: 32MP + 3D ToF

Battery: 4,500mAh

Software: Android 10

5. Huawei P30 series

Huawei P30 Pro back standing up (37 of 60)

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.

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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

6. Huawei Nova 7

Nova 7

Looking for a 5G Huawei phone? The Huawei Nova 7 features the faster cellular speeds and is also one of the best Huawei phones you can find. Granted, it isn’t as premium as the devices listed above, but it still packs great specs and a great experience.

More reading: The best 5G phones you can buy right now

The Nova 7 comes with a Kirin 985 5G processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. The 6.53-inch screen features a Full HD+ resolution and an OLED panel. You don’t have to sacrifice much with this phone, and the price is very reasonable for what you get.

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Huawei Nova 7 specs:

Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+

SoC: Kirin 985 5G

RAM: 8GB

Storage: 128/256GB

Cameras: 64, 8, 8 and 2MP

Front camera: 32MP

Battery: 4,000mAh

Software: Android 10

7. Huawei Y9a

Y9a

Credit: Huawei

The Huawei Y9a is hard to find, as it only became available in a handful of markets, but if you can get your hands on it, it’s a great mid-range device.

The phone features a MediaTek Helio G80 processor and a 6.63-inch LCD display with 2,400 x 1,080 resolution. The highlight of the Y9a is a 16MP pop-up selfie camera that helps give the phone a 92% screen-to-body ratio. For all other photos, there’s a 64MP primary camera complimented by a 2MP depth sensor and 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro cameras.

Odd names aside, this handset is pretty much a Huawei Mate 30 Lite with a pop-up camera. It’s definitely one of the best Huawei phones you can get on a budget.

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Huawei Y9a specs:

Display: 6.63-inch, Full HD+

SoC: Mediatek Helio G80

RAM: 6/8GB

Storage: 128GB

Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP

Front camera: 16MP

Battery: 4,200mAh

Software: Android 10

8. Huawei P Smart

p smart 2021 render colorways 1

Credit: Huawei

The Huawei P Smart 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 currently 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