How to choose the right Huawei device for you
Because when you've got so many great phones to pick from, making a decision can be difficult.
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Whoever you are, whatever you do, smartphones are now an essential part of everyone’s tech arsenal. Fortunately, there are phones out there to suit everyone’s own particular needs and tastes. Individual manufacturers even offer their own comprehensive smartphone ranges, with Huawei providing something for everyone.
From the uncompromising high-end to mid-tier phones that don’t cut corners on design or specs, there is a device for everyone. All this choice can make things a little confusing though. After all, choosing the phone that’s right for you is about a whole lot more than just looking at price and design.
Trying to decide which Huawei smartphone is best for you? This is what you need to know.
HUAWEI MATE SERIES: PHONES FOR ON-THE-GO PROFESSIONALS
If you like big phones with oodles of power, the Huawei Mate series is for you, and the Huawei Mate 9 is the latest breakthrough here. It’s 4,000 mAh battery and SuperCharge technology make longer battery life possible and leads to less time worrying about finding a place to top off your charge.
Also, its 5.9-inch Full HD screen that’s big and beautiful, with a bright, vibrant, 373ppi display, makes the phone perfect for those addicted to on-the-move boxset binges.
With a second generation Leica dual camera on the rear, this isn’t just a phone for watching, playing or kicking about on Facebook though. With serious grunt under the hood, it’s a phone for on-the-go professionals who need a device that simply refuses to compromise.
The ultimate in premium smartphones and practicality, the Huawei Mate 9 is big, bold and ridiculously powerful, ticking all the necessary boxes, and then a few more to boot. The power comes from Huawei’s own Kirin 960 octa-core chipset that pairs four 2.4GHz A73 cores with four 1.8GHz A53 cores. Throw the Mali-G71 MP8 GPU and 4GB of RAM into the mix, and you’ve got a phone that can handle everything put in its way.
You’re going to have to be a fan of big phones to make this work for you though. Dwarfing the P series and Nova series, the Huawei Mate 9 is something of a giant. For many tasks, including email, the Huawei Mate 9’s screen size makes it the device you’ll need to get the job done.
Want something even more special? You got it. The exclusive Huawei Mate 9 Pro builds on all this with a 2K curved AMOLED display that gently wraps around both the left and right hand edges of the phone. Taking things yet another step further, the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 takes what’s an already stunning phone and gives it a luxurious, limited-edition twist.
The Mate series includes the most expensive handsets that Huawei makes, but, as they say, you get what you pay for.
HUAWEI P SERIES: PHONES FOR THE ARTISTICALLY-MINDED AND NEW “COSMOPOLITAN”
Big isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, for those that prefer something stylish with a superb camera – as well as a device that’s compact, Huawei’s P series handsets retain a similar level of high-end specs but wrap it all in a more pocket-friendly form.
Available for you to scoop up now is the 5.2-inch Full HD Huawei P9 which packs a mass of power thanks to the Octa-core Kirin 955 processor at its heart. Add 3GB or 4GB of RAM, a big 3,000 mAh battery and Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 to the mix, and you’ve got a phone capable of handling everything you need and then some.
What really sets this phone apart from the masses, however, is its camera. Or, should we say cameras? As well as having a brilliant f/2.4 8MP front camera perfect for the selfie addicts out there, it has not one, but two cameras on the rear.
The first to partner with the global iconic brand Leica Camera AG, Huawei and Leica have co-engineered the ultimate smartphone camera. The P9’s dual-lenses each play host to their own 12MP sensors. While the first is used to capture bright, vivid colour images, the second specialises in adding detail with stunning monochrome images. These cameras can combine, too, using Huawei’s intelligent merging algorithm to piece together a single image with more depth and detail than any other handset.
The brilliance of this camera is about more than just the Leica lenses though. A dual-core Image Signal Processor and Hybrid Focus technology combine for improved focusing, speed and processing while a range of professional camera settings and effects let you tweak the capture mode to your specific requirements and experiment with innovative visual effects.
Not alone in the range, the Huawei P9 is joined by the slightly larger, 5.5-inch Huawei P9 Plus. Also, brand new to the fleet is the recently announced Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus, the latest flagship P series devices. The Huawei P10 builds on Huawei’s commitment to deliver an exceptional smartphone experience, introducing new Leica front and back cameras with cutting-edge portrait features.
The Huawei P10 boasts the iconic P series design but with new touches, including the industry’s first Hyper Diamond-Cut finishing on a smartphone. It will also be available in various new hues including the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery. Even more, the Huawei P10 takes efficiency a step further with the Kirin 960 processor and all-new EMUI 5.1, and the Huawei P10 Plus is also the first Huawei smartphone with support for the 4.5G network.
Sit tight, the Huawei P10 will be on sale later this year.
HUAWEI NOVA SERIES: PHONES FOR SAVVY ASPIRERS
Luxury doesn’t have to cost the earth. The Huawei nova is a completely new line of smartphones, specifically for younger users who are after effortless style and high-end features at a mid-tier price point. It’s a device for the savvy aspirer and one that offers more usability than more expensive rival devices.
With a look and feel that meets the needs of today’s most dynamic consumers, the Huawei Nova is a sign of just how good more affordable phones can be. It’s 5.0-inch form is finished with a high-end metal body and a slim, nearly invisible edge for a look that screams quality. For those keen to show their style, it’s also available in a trio of elegant metallic colours.
A phone that defies expectations, the Huawei Nova, and sibling Huawei Nova plus pair their elegant exteriors with a mass of impressive specs. Rocking a stunning 5.0-inch 1080p Full HD display, the Huawei Nova has a powerful octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor that increases performance and reduces power consumption. It also rocks a 3,020 mAh battery, allowing users to easily navigate between different apps and have two days of normal use on just a single charge.
The Huawei Nova Plus features a 5.5-inch display, 16MP camera and optical image stabilization (OIS). While the outstanding rear camera enables it to capture more light for sharper, clear photos in any environment, the 3,340 mAh battery delivers an even longer battery life, allowing users to capture thousands of shots on a single charge.
Despite being at the more affordable end of the smartphone spectrum, the Huawei Nova series has not cut any corners, with 32GB of internal storage and 3GB RAM expandable via microSD. The brilliant device also features DTS Headphone:X™ optimized audio for home-theatre quality surround sound.
Unlike its big brothers, there’s no Leica dual camera here. That doesn’t mean it’s lacking impressive imaging options though. A 12MP camera with larger pixels offers fast shutter speed and the ability to shoot in low light. It is paired with 4K video recording to accentuate photo detail and a self-optimized 8MP camera perfect for selfies in Beauty Mode 2.0.
Available for just £369, the Huawei Nova series oozes style and class without hitting your wallet too hard and is a great phone for those who want premier-level features and high-end performance on a more modest budget.