Hauwei P9 blasts off in Jozi
Newcomer to the South African market Hauwei hosted a party at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday night to celebrate the launch of its flagship phone in the country.
The Chinese multinational is certainly putting in a lot of effort to woo the local market. Whether that translates into a significant market share remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, Hauwei pulled out all the stops to stage the event at the sexy venue.
Dress code was Black & White or anything colourful, and the lucky few who managed to crack an invite braved the cold and looked cool for what turned out to be a very chic event.
Guests were treated to endless drinks, including many a glass of Champagne. Nibbles were also on offer, like freshly shucked oysters prepared right in front of guests.
Hilarious brothers Jason and Donovan of Goliath and Goliath had guests laughing.
Other entertainment featured Sketchy Bongo and DJ Euphonik.
An added surprise was the fashion show by Shaldon Kopman, owner of Naked Ape Fashion. The show was inspired by the #OO theme and presented a fresh, brightly coloured capsule collection.
And instead of a suit from the marketing department telling the crowd about the phone and what it can do, they invited interesting people to do it for them – including photographers Tim Moolman and Ayaad Domouni.
But the P9 expo set-up meant that, after all, guests could check out the phone for themselves and see if they thought it was worth the hype.
South African consumers can look forward to the P9 in three colours: Haze Gold, Ceramic White and Titanium Grey. It is available in two storage sizes, 32GB and 64GB, and is available at all local operator networks from today.
You can choose either a contract or one of the prepaid packages. These vary from a recommended retail price of R11 999 to R13 499 for the P9 Plus.