Best overall

Huawei P20 Pro

The P20 Pro is the culmination of every 2018 design trend thus far; it has an 18:9 aspect ratio, a glass back with gorgeous gradient finishes, a whopping three cameras on the back, and yes, even a notch. Inside the P20 Pro is Huawei's powerful Kirin 970 chipset, with 6GB of RAM and a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that aids in photography and readies the phone for the coming wave of AI-powered apps in 2018 and beyond.

The P20 Pro is also the first phone from Huawei to ship with Android 8.1, along with EMUI 8.1, which makes a significant improvement to overall responsiveness over previous software builds. Add to that water resistance and a fast fingerprint sensor, and the P20 Pro is Huawei's new top contender.

Bottom line: With top-of-the-line specs, gorgeous color-shifting finishes, and a massively impressive three camera array, the P20 Pro has it all.

One more thing: The P20 Pro doesn't have wireless charging, if that's important to you.

Why the P20 Pro is the best

With the P20 Pro, Huawei has combined all of the latest hardware trends, along with its own innovations, to create one of the most impressive phones we've seen to date.

The P20 Pro isn't just a pretty face — though with a curvaceous design and a selection of color-shifting gradient finishes to choose from, it's certainly that as well. Inside, Huawei has loaded the P20 Pro with its most powerful specs, including the Kirin 970 chipset we've seen in previous phones like the Mate 10 Pro. It features one of the largest batteries we've seen in a phone, at 4000mAh — again, lifted from the Mate 10 Pro.

The real star of the show is the P20 Pro's unusual three camera array, which consists of a whopping 40MP primary sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor, and an 8MP 3X telephoto camera. The results we've seen so far are stunning, making use of the large 1/1.7-inch sensor and NPU to pull off incredible low light photography.

Best small phone

Huawei P20

If the P20 Pro's 6.1-inch display is too large for your liking, the regular P20 may be a better fit. It's a bit smaller with a 5.8-inch display — which uses LCD technology, rather than OLED like the P20 Pro — and offers a nearly identical experience. Though the specs are a bit diluted, with only 4GB of RAM and a 3400mAh battery, the P20 still features Huawei's Kirin 970 processor and Android 8.1.

Perhaps the biggest difference is the P20's simpler two camera array, consisting of a 12MP RGB sensor and a 20MP monochrome sensor. It still utilizes the NPU for AI enhancements while shooting, but it isn't quite as impressive as the P20 Pro's tri-cam system.

Bottom line: If you don't want to go all out with the P20 Pro, the smaller P20 is the next best thing.

One more thing: The standard P20 is only rated for splash resistance, not full-blown water resistance.

Best phablet

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The Mate 10 Pro is actually shorter than the P20 Pro by just a hair (well, 0.6mm to be exact), but if you live in the U.S. the former is your only option. Luckily, it's still an incredibly powerful phone — in fact, the P20 Pro borrows most of its internals from the Mate 10 Pro. It still features the Kirin 970 chipset and NPU, along with the 4000mAh battery that helps it achieve incredible longevity.

Other highlights in the Mate 10 Pro include a 6-inch, 18:9 display in a slim body, with a shiny glass-backed chassis that's also water-resistant. To top it off, the Mate 10's camera can go toe-to-toe with Google's Pixel 2 phones, with f/1.6 lenses, optical stabilization, and improved image processing.

Bottom line: The Mate 10 Pro is the best choice for U.S. customers, with most of the same specs as the P20 Pro.

One more thing: The Mate 10 Pro frequently gets discounted online, making it an even better deal.

Best overall

Huawei P20 Pro

The P20 Pro is the culmination of every 2018 design trend thus far; it has an 18:9 aspect ratio, a glass back with gorgeous gradient finishes, a whopping three cameras on the back, and yes, even a notch. Inside the P20 Pro is Huawei's powerful Kirin 970 chipset, with 6GB of RAM and a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that aids in photography and readies the phone for the coming wave of AI-powered apps in 2018 and beyond.

The P20 Pro is also the first phone from Huawei to ship with Android 8.1, along with EMUI 8.1, which makes a significant improvement to overall responsiveness over previous software builds. Add to that water resistance and a fast fingerprint sensor, and the P20 Pro is Huawei's new top contender.

Bottom line: With top-of-the-line specs, gorgeous color-shifting finishes, and a massively impressive three camera array, the P20 Pro has it all.

One more thing: The P20 Pro doesn't have wireless charging, if that's important to you.

Updated April 2018: The P20 Pro has overtaken the Mate 10 Pro as our top pick, and the smaller P20 has replaced the P10 as the best small phone.