Meet Huawei, the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world that you’ve probably never heard of.

If Huawei (pronounced Hwa-Way), haven’t been on your radar in recent years, it might be time to take notice. The Chinese telco is one of the biggest phone manufacturers in the world, so they definitely know a thing or two about tech.

Huawei released some killer phones last year, packed with innovation and design features all wrapped up with a great user experience. Let’s take a look at three of Huawei’s latest and greatest - the Mate 9, Honor 6x and P8 Lite.

The Huawei Mate 9

Released in Australia on 7 February 2017, the Mate 9 has already picked up a bunch of awards. The impressive spec sheet and epic battery life leave its predecessor, the Mate 8, out to dry. Here’s what you can expect from the Mate 9.

Compared to the Mate 8, the Huawei Mate 9 ups the processing power by 40%, and the graphics by 180%. You can always rely on Huawei for a huge battery life, and the Mate 9 doesn’t disappoint – there’s a 4000mAh quick charging cell that, according to Huawei, delivers 20-hours of video play, with a quick 10-minute charge giving you an extra three hours. Now that’s a serious battery.

The Mate 9 certainly qualifies as a phablet with a 5.9-inch screen. Packing 1920x1080 pixels into the LCD, the resolution isn’t quite the best one in the market, but it’s not far off in our opinion.

The dual camera, on the other hand is definitely something to shout about – the monochrome camera is 20MP, backed up by the 12MP colour camera, taking High Dynamic Resolution (HDR) images. HDR combines three photos at different exposures highlighting the best parts of each image to leave you with one amazing picture. It works best when snapping landscapes and still images with poor lighting.

Starting at $650, the Huawei Mate 9 is one of the best phones available at the moment in my opinion, but if you’re not up for spending mega bucks on a new mobile, Huawei have a Plan B ready to go.

The Huawei Honor 6X

In 2016, the Honor 5X was one of the top options at the lower end of the price scale. This year Huawei are hoping to build on that success with the 6X, a handset costing around $350 and packing a mean punch when it comes to specs.

Bigger and slightly heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Huawei Honor 6X is on the large side for a phone. Diagonally the screen measures 5.5 inches and has a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels - not too shabby, right? The octo-core chip runs slower than the Mate 9, but that’s to be expected for the lower price point.

The Huawei Honor 6X features dual cameras, about a dozen shooting modes, and you can even set it to take photos via voice command. The battery is a 3340mAh, which means it should last more than a day unless you’re having a major YouTube binge. The 6X doesn’t run the latest Android software like the Mate 9, so it lacks some of the features, but it still runs well and covers all the basics.

The Huawei P8 Lite

If you’re looking for a phone where you can really get great bang for your buck, the Huawei P8 Lite[MK1]could be the answer.

Released in June 2015 and running on Android Lollipop, the P8 Lite covers the essentials in a slick and slim design for just over $200. With a 13MP camera, 2200mAh battery and 2GB RAM, the smaller cousin of the Mate 9 and 6X is a contender if you’re looking for a new phone on a budget.

So there you have it – Huawei are the phone manufacturer offering great phones at great prices, with the pedigree in tech to back it all up.

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