Compare Huawei mobile phone deals

You’re probably thinking Huawei, who? Let’s be honest, it’s not a name that immediately jumps to mind when you think of a mobile phone, but Huawei are in fact the third largest mobile phone manufacturer on the planet. Yep – you read that right – the third – behind Apple (number two) and Samsung (number one). So, what sort of mobiles do they make and are they any good?

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What’s on offer?

The P9 is Huawei’s flagship phone with two spin offs – the P9 Plus and the P9 Lite. In a nutshell, the P9 Plus is a beefed-up version whilst the Lite is more wallet friendly.

The P9 Plus is physically bigger than the other two models and measures 152.3mm x 75.3mm x 6.98mm and has a screen size of 5.5 inches. The P9 is the smallest of the three phones measuring 145mm x 70.9mm x 6.95mm, the P9 Lite is in-between the two but has the same screen size as the P9 (5.2 inches).

All three phones have a finger print security sensor and all have an aluminium casing. If the colour of your phone is important to you then the P9 comes in the most variations (gold, grey, silver and pink). For anyone who insists on display clarity, the P9 Plus is one to consider – although all phones have the same resolution, the P9 Plus has a super AMOLED screen, which tends to be higher resolution, whereas the others two are LCD.

So… what else is should I know about Huawei phones?

Huawei handsets come with decent battery life – great if you’re a heavy phone user. The P9 model gives you around 20 hours of talk time.

Another key point of difference with Huawei phones, is that on their newest models they’ve teamed up with fancy camera makers Leica and instead of one camera lens, there are two on the rear. One lens takes the base photo and the other is a monochrome sensor which takes a second. The theory goes that once they’ve combined the two images, you get results with 300% more light and 50% more contrast than other phone cameras. It’s clever stuff and if you like capturing your life on camera, then a Huawei could give you some memorable snaps.

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Any other models?

Huawei also manufacture the Honor brand. It’s still technically a Huawei phone the only real difference is that the Honor brand is only sold online – meaning the models listed under this label are cheaper as there are none of the retail store costs involved. The tech is still as good – it’s just all a bit more affordable so if the name doesn’t bother you then it’s a great way of getting a cheap Huawei phone.

The Honor 8 is the latest in this range and in many ways, it’s similar to the P9. It measures 145.5mm x 71mm x 7.45mm and weighs 153g. The screen size and resolution is the same as the P9 and it also has the dual lens 12MP camera. It does offer more built in storage than the P9 (64GB compared to 32GB) but it doesn’t quite have the same battery life. You still get a very respectable 15 hours talk time but with the P9, you’re spoilt with five hours more.

Alright, Mate?

Huawei have just announced the Mate 9 is likely to be released by the end of 2016. There will be two versions – a regular Mate 9 and the pimped-up Porsche designed model with curved edges similar to the Galaxy Edge range.

The Mate series dropped the ‘Ascend’ name when the Mate 8 launched and the Mate 9 intends to offer customers even more than its widely acclaimed predecessors. The Mate 9 will use the mega speedy processor Kirin 960 (not widely known outside of its native China) and it’s guaranteed to be fast. It’ll also have 64GB of storage although if you want that supersized then the Porsche designed version has 256GB of storage. Not only that, the battery in this phone should last you two whole days without charging.

The camera has also been upgraded, still using the Leica lenses, the sensors are more powerful which should naturally mean better quality photos. It’s also designed to be intuitive and easier to use. 

Is a Huawei for me?

There’s no doubt that Huawei clearly know what they’re doing – it’s not easy to shift 28 million phones in three months like they did at the start of 2016. One of the main reasons you probably haven’t heard of Huawei is because the name hasn’t been around in Western Europe for that long, despite being a well-established brand back in China and the rest of Asia.

If your head isn’t turned by household brand names like Apple, Samsung and Sony, then seriously consider a Huawei phone deal, in many cases, you’ll get a high spec, visually attractive and practical phone which are just as good as the European market leaders.

So, what’s next? Well, we’re guessing you’re comparing the market for a brand new phone – so… shall we start to compare?