Your guide to buying a Huawei smartphone

Huawei has phones for a wide variety of needs and budgets, and we've got the tools to help you find the right one for you.

Updated November 20th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Kirin 980
6.53
2244 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 980
6.39
3120 x 1440
128GB
Huawei Mate 20 X
Huawei Mate 20 X
Kirin 980
7.2
2244 x 1080
128GB
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Kirin 710
6.3
2340 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 710
6.3
2340 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 659
5.8
2280 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 970
6.1
2240 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 970
6
2160 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 970
5.9
2560 x 1440
64GB
Kirin 659
5.9
2160 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 960
5.1
1920 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 960
5.9
1920 x 1080
64GB

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Fast Huawei phone facts

  • Despite lacking the brand recognition of a Samsung or Apple, Huawei has been manufacturing and selling mobile phones since 2004.
  • Many Huawei handsets have broken new ground with ultra-slim designs, high-speed modems and extra-large displays.
  • Huawei equips its smartphones with a custom user interface known as EMUI, an Android skin that emphasises personalisation and quick navigation.

What to consider when choosing a Huawei phone

Huawei tends to pack a lot of features into its smartphones. While this ensures you get plenty of bang for your buck, it can also make comparing different handsets a long and complex task. To simplify matters, we've narrowed down the myriad aspects of the phone-buying process to a handful of key factors that will help you determine which Huawei phone is best suited to your needs:

Which Huawei phone is best?

As tempting as it is to label a particular phone "the best", the fact is that individual needs and preferences differ so greatly that no single handset could hope to be ideal for everyone. So, rather than claiming a particular Huawei smartphone is unequivocally better than the rest, we've selected a few different handsets we believe are worth your consideration.

While our choices are informed by the years we've spent testing and reviewing smartphones in Australia, that doesn't mean they're right for everyone. Always take into account your own expectations and circumstances when considering the following handsets.

finder's pick

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Premium performance without the premium price tag

Huawei combines its industry-leading camera tech with a slick design and plenty of grunt in the excellent Mate 10 Pro.

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It's tempting to always look to the latest and greatest when shopping for a high-end smartphone, but it often pays to cast your eyes back to older models, too. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a prime example of this. Despite its 2017 release, the premium handset stacks up quite well against the powerhouses of 2018, especially if you're looking for a camera on par with the likes of the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2. Best of all, the Mate 10 Pro sells for hundreds of dollars less now than it did when it launched, making it an excellent value proposition compared to more recent smartphones.

Read our full review of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro here

Best Huawei phone for photography

Huawei P20 Pro

The photographer's smartphone

Not only does the Huawei P20 Pro boast the best camera in the business, it's a capable high-end smartphone in its own right.

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It's no secret cameras on smartphones have gotten incredibly powerful in recent years, but Huawei takes it to a completely different level with the P20 Pro. Packing four separate cameras including a seriously-impressive 40MP sensor and a sharp 24MP selfie cam, the P20 Pro is far and away the most powerful smartphone for photography currently on the market. And even once you've had your fill of happy snaps, it holds its own against other premium smartphones with solid app performance and a competitive price tag.

Read our full review of the Huawei P20 Pro here

Best cheap Huawei phone

Huawei Nova 2i

A solid package at a very attractive price

If you're looking for a budget smartphone that doesn't cheap out on performance or functionality, the Huawei Nova 2i is right up your alley.

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While accepting a few compromises is par for the course when shopping for a budget smartphone, Huawei managed to avoid any significant sacrifices with the Nova 2i. Sure, its battery life isn't spectacular and there's no NFC built-in, but these are minor quibbles when stacked up against the impressive 18:9 display and capable four-camera array. Given that its performance is roughly on par with the more recent – and more expensive – Huawei Nova 3e, the Nova 2i stands out as a solid budget smartphone on all fronts.

Read our full review of the Huawei Nova 2i here

Looking for a Huawei phone on a plan?

Smartphones are expensive, and buying one outright is often out of the question. Bundling a new handset in with a phone plan is typically far more affordable, and quite a few Australian mobile providers offer plans that come with Huawei handsets. You can compare these plans in the table below to help you find one that fits your budget:


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