In a year when Apple and Samsung failed to meet the expectations of its mobile market, Huawei made a good name for itself even though the company does not have a brand that inspires loyalty and fanaticism the way Apple and Samsung do.
Huawei had its humble beginnings by starting out as a phone switch manufacturer. It got started in the smartphone market by selling cheap phones to the low-end market. That does not seem the case these days, as the company finds itself competing with top consumer brands with its top-of-the-line smartphone products.
Huawei impressed critics when it came up with its flagship phone - the P9 Plus. Up front, you get a 5.5 inch FHD display, plus the Press Touch, which is Huawei's answer to Apple''s 3D Touch technology.
Battery life is also promising as the P9 Plus has a 3,400mAh power pack and a 'rapid charge mode' which allows 6 hours of talk time with 10 minutes of charging.
The outstanding feature of Huawei's flagship comes from its dual lens camera, which is done in collaboration with Leica. The main camera takes a traditional shot while the secondary camera takes a monochrome image. This function allows the phone to take in more light than usual, resulting to better quality shots.
With its spacious 5.9-inch display, the Mate 9 is a phablet that's built to last. It also comes with a powerful processor, a great camera, and stellar battery life.
One of the phone's key selling point is its compatibility with the Daydream VR platform. It also has a Machine Learning Algorithm which can adapt to the way you use your phone by prioritizing the apps you use most often.
Huawei's offshoot brand Honor is also making waves. Huawei's Honor 8 is positioned in the upper mid-range market, putting it in direct competition with OnePlus 3 and Asus ZenFone 3. This phone measures 5.2 inches and is a lightweight at 153 grams, making it great for one-handed use. This phone handles both simple and multitasking jobs quite efficiently, and one can play visually demanding games without worrying that the phone will overheat.
The dual cameras are also great. The 12-megapixel rear sensors have an aperture of f/2.2 while the 8-megapixel front-facing camera has an f/2.4 aperture.
The Honor 5C is a powerful device that comes in an attractive price tag. The phone is powered by two quad-core processors and a 3000mAh battery power. It also comes with a dual SIM-card slot, which is perfect if you frequently travel.
The 13-megapixel rear camera has a flash-capable HDR mode, while the 8-megapixel front camera is perfect for taking selfie pictures. With Huawei's current lineup of phones, it is no wonder it has become the world's third largest phone manufacturer.