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Huawei was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former officer from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and in the last 30 years it has grown to become a renowned technology giant. The company’s focus has always been on enhancing its mobile technology, and they have a number of partnerships with other companies. In 2012, 80% of the top telecom companies were working with them - some well-known partners include Motorola, Vodafone and TalkTalk.
Huawei are the largest telecom equipment maker in the world, as well as being the largest telephone network equipment maker in China. In 2017, they overtook Apple to become the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer behind Samsung, churning out 54 million handsets in just three months!
Although it will probably be beyond the needs of most, the yet-to-be-released Mate X is worthy of a special mention. Similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the Mate X features a screen that folds down the middle - allowing it to fulfil the role of both a smartphone and a tablet. However, the big difference between the two models is that the Samsung model folds on the inside of the design, whereas the Huawei device’s display folds on the outside - allowing it to remain visible even when folded.
When folded, the Mate X will feature a 6.6inch screen (2480x1148 pixels) on one side, and a 6.38inch screen of 2480x892 pixels on the other. When opened up fully, the screen will be an almost square 8x7.1inches at 2480x2200 pixels. On the inside, the model will feature the Kirin 980 as well as the Balong 5000 5G modem, along with 8GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage and two 4,500mAH batteries.
The Huawei Y9 Prime was released on the 19th June 2019 and was much anticipated. It is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710F processor and comes with 4GB of RAM. Its most notable feature is its impressive cameras. It features both a 16 megapixel + 8 megapixel + 2 megapixel primary camera on the rear, and a 16 megapixel front shooter for selfies. The front camera is also ‘auto pop-up’, meaning it appears in one second when you take a selfie, and retracts when you are done. It is a dual sim smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM.
The Y9 Prime has a 4000mAh battery, a 6.59-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080p by 2340p and weighs in at 197g. It runs on Android Pie and includes a range of sensors including a fingerprint sensor, compass, magnetometer, proximity sensor and accelerometer.
The P30 Pro boasts a 6.5-inch screen, and the in-screen fingerprint scanner allows the phone a large aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The phone has a 40 megapixel camera, and essentially allows you to take everything from an ultra-wide photo to a close-up equivalent to a 10x zoom. Its key features include a Full HD+ Display, wireless charging, in-screen fingerprint scanner, in-screen speaker for phone calls, 40W supercharging and 15W wireless charging.
The Mate 20 Pro’s camera is outstanding, but the phone really is a great all-rounder. It has a top-quality screen, super-fast charging, wireless charging and an excellent battery life. Key features include a 6.39-inch display with 3120 by 1440 pixel resolution, reverse wireless charging, in-screen fingerprint scanner and even 3D face unlock.
This model is naturally very similar to the P30 Pro but comes with a much cheaper price tag. The P30’s most attractive feature is its camera, and although it’s a step behind the P30 Pro, it still rivals almost any other flagship phone out there. The key differences are a 6.1-inch display, which is slightly smaller than the Pro’s 6.5-inch display, 128 GB storage (versus 256 GB storage on the Pro), a 3650mAh battery, which is slightly less powerful than the Pro’s, and 6GB of RAM, which is 2GB less than the Pro.
The latest Huawei model, the P40 was released in March 2020, along with the P40 Pro and P40 Lite. The P40 comes with many high-end features you'd expect from Huawei's flagship model, although it doesn't offer wireless charging, something many other smartphones for a similar price can provide. Restrictions on the Chinese manufacturer also means that many Android apps and services may not be compatible.
However, the Huawei P40 includes an impressive 50MP wide-lens camera on the rear and 32MP selfie shooter on the front. It also has a powerful battery, with the phone easily lasting more than a day without charge.