Best Huawei Phones Android Central 2020
The U.S. trade ban dominated Huawei's fortunes over the course of the last 12 months, with the manufacturer effectively hobbled from launching its products in global markets. While you can't pick up its phones officially in the U.S., Huawei's latest devices are available unlocked from Amazon.
- Truly amazing: Huawei P30 Pro
- No Google, no problem: Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- Great value: Huawei P30 Lite
- Just the essentials: Huawei P Smart
- A new era: Huawei Mate XS
- Phone and tablet in one: Huawei Mate X
The P30 Pro continues to be one of the best Android phones you can buy today. The hardware still holds up just fine in 2020, and the versatile camera just gives the phone a distinct edge over its rivals. The 5x zoom lens is great on its own, but when you combine it with the 40-megapixel main camera and outstanding battery life, you get an all-round amazing device.
The Mate 30 Pro doesn't come with Google services out of the box, and that's a real shame because the hardware on offer is fantastic. The phone is packing Huawei's latest Kirin 990 chipset, along with two 40-megapixel cameras at the back — the main lens and wide-angle shooter — as well as a massive 4,500mAh battery with 40W fast charging.
The P30 Lite has a similar design as the P30 Pro, but you lose out on some of the marquee features. There's a Kirin 710 under the hood, and you get a 48-megapixel camera at the back, you still get great battery life thanks to the 3,340mAh unit, and there's 18W fast charging. If you want to save some cash, this is the phone to get.
The P Smart is a great showcase for the budget segment. You get a Kirin 710 along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel camera at the back, a 16-megapixel shooter at the front, and a 3,400mAh battery. It may not have a design that's as alluring, but you get decent hardware for not a whole lot of cash.
The Mate XS is Huawei's latest foldable, and it brings refinements across the board. When it's closed you get a 6.6-inch screen that isn't marred by any cutouts; fold it out and you get an 8-inch tablet. You also get the Kirin 990 5G, decent cameras, and a 4,500mAh battery.
The Mate X is either a phone or tablet based on how you use it. You're basically getting a device with three screen modes and four cameras. Folded out you get an 8-inch tablet, and in phone mode, the Mate X switches to a 6.6-inch panel. Oh, and it also has 5G.
The P30 Pro is the Huawei phone you should buy
If you're interested in picking up a Huawei phone in 2020, look no further than the P30 Pro. It ticks all the boxes: it has a gorgeous design backed by excellent internal hardware, outstanding cameras, and two-day battery life. It is running EMUI 10 based on Android 10, and the UI has received welcome tweaks.
The main reason for buying the P30 Pro is the camera hardware. That 40-megapixel lens at the back takes incredible images, and the 5x zoom lens just gives you that much more flexibility when shooting with the phone. The P30 Pro launched nearly a year ago, but it is still one of the best phones around.
If you're looking for something more recent, the Mate 30 Pro builds on the P30 Pro and offers even better camera hardware. The downside with the Mate 30 Pro is that you don't get Google Mobile Services out of the box, so you'll have to rely on Huawei's alternative.
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