Hauwei P9 blasts off in Jozi

CityPress - - News - GUGULETHU MHLUNGU gugulethu.mhlungu@city­press.co.za

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.

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