Thursday, 2nd June 2016, saw the official launch of Huawei’s new flagship, the P9, in South Africa. Alongside, another two smartphones were also launched, the Plus as well as the Lite variants.
At an event at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, media, mobile operators, retail partners and honoured guests were treated to something resembling a photography exhibition, and given the device’s camera prowess, it all tied in. Hosted by the Goliath brothers, Jason and Donavon, the evening saw a number of dance performances, as well as some technical and business presentations. But, one of the highlights of the evening was the fashion show from Shaldon Kopman of Naked Ape, which was divided between black and white, and colour themes.
With the presentations out of the way, we managed to get a quick hands-on experience with the P9 and P9 Plus, in which most people tested the cameras capabilities, both the Dual-lens rear camera, to the selfie, front-facing camera. Based on the early observations, both devices are likely to be a huge hit amongst consumers with the recent partnership between Huawei and Leica, producing brilliant photos, even in the low-light conditions in the event hall. The event provided some good fun for all guests, with a number of photo stands, ranging from the ‘kitchen’ setting, to the ‘runway.’ Even before I received the invite for the event, I was already excited for the launch of the P9 on our shores, and after the initial first impressions, I’m even more so now.
Reinvent Smartphone Photography with the new Huawei P9
Huawei Technologies, a leading mobile manufacturer, yesterday unveiled the the much anticipated P9, the world’s first co-engineered Leica dual-camera smartphone, to its South African consumers. The P9, created in partnership with Leica Camera AG, not only offers consumers industry-leading imaging innovation but comes in Huawei’s stylish signature design.
The P9 brings together best-in-class technologies. By integrating the design values and engineering excellence of Leica and Huawei, the two have transformed smartphone photography into an experience that enables users to capture the highest-quality pictures.
“We are excited to give our users the ultimate smartphone photography experience. Consumers around the world use their smartphones to take billions of pictures each year, making photography critical to their everyday lives. Our P9 users can capture images with unmatched clarity no matter where they are,” said Charlene Munilall, General Manager, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “
Munilall expects the P9, P9 Plus and P9 Lite to exceed sales expectations in the history of Huawei’s P-Series devices. The P9 is the most innovative smartphone Huawei has produced by far and is guaranteed to raise the benchmark in the smartphone industry.
The P9’s ground-breaking dual-camera, subject to the industry’s most stringent quality screening requirements, specialises in capturing vivid colour and acquiring precision imagery through the camera’s monochrome capabilities. With the P9 dual-camera, users can become expert photographers and capture images with superior detail and depth. Need superb selfies? Say no more, the P9 has an 8MP front-facing camera that can turn you into a professional and keep you on top of your selfie game.
Furthermore, the P9 comes with the power and performance synonymous with Huawei. With a stunning 5.2-inch 1080p display, the P9 is powered by the new Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64-bit ARM-based processor for world-leading mobile performance. The 3000mAh high-density battery offers P9 users outstanding mobility and greater battery life. In addition, the P9 boasts an enhanced fingerprint sensor which gives users added security and easy access to unlock your smartphone.
The P9 has a state-of-the-art industrial design. With the same minimalist design DNA as earlier products in Huawei’s acclaimed flagship P-series, the P9 was built to fit your hand. Each device is perfectly constructed from superior-grade glass, diamond-cut edges and an aluminum unibody with curves in all the right places.
South African consumers can look forward to the P9 in three remarkable colours: Haze Gold, Ceraminc White and Titanium Grey. Capturing brilliant images requires space and the P9 is available in two storage sizes, 32GB and 64GB, perfect for your storage needs. The P9 will be available at all local operator networks from today both on contract and prepaid packages from a recommended retail price of R11 999 and from a recommended retail price of R13 499 for the P9 Plus.