Undoubtedly the fastest growing smartphone brand in Sri Lanka, Huawei, together with the exclusive national distributor Singer Sri Lanka launched their flagship smartphones, the Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Lite at a Gala event that took place at Water’s Edge Battaramulla.
With the tagline “Change the way you see the world”, the event kicked off with the welcome address by Henry Liu, Country Head, Huawei Device Sri Lanka who spoke about the company and also gave a description on the company’s work. He took great pleasure in explaining how Huawei is ranked Number Two in Sri Lanka and ranked Number 3 globally. Quite an impressive feat indeed.
Henry then spoke about the collaboration that Huawei had with Camera manufacturer Leica and their involvement with the development of the Huawei P9. This was where the P9’s iconic dual 13 megapixel lens came into focus, literally. Leica, the iconic German camera manufacturing firm, lent their resources and knowledge to Huawei in order to create what Huawei calls “a camera with the ability to take phone calls”.
Following his address was a reenactment. A wildlife photographer, the groomsman at a wedding and a sports photographer are shown capturing pictures with a smartphone. This is all a part of the ploy to showcase the P9’s most unique feature; its dual 13MP lenses. One that shoots in 100% sRGB and one that shoots in monochrome, thus allowing images to have greater clarity, depth and color saturation.
For this, we had Shunil Wang, CEO of Huawei Sri Lanka, Asoka Peiris, Group CEO of Singer Sri Lanka PLC, Henry Liu, Country Head of Huawei Device Sri Lanka and Sahan Perera, Brand Manager for Huawei Singer Sri Lanka PLC on stage.
As we reported before, the Huawei P9 packs two 12MP rear cameras developed in partnership with Leica, One shoots in color while the second shoots in monochrome. The P9 also features an aluminum body and also has a 3000mAH battery, which should last a full day. If not, there’s always the fast charging option with a USB Type-C port. The Huawei P9 is only 6.95mm thick despite having two fully functional cameras and also sports a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS screen. For all your processing needs, the P9 packs a brand new Kirin 955 2.5Ghz 64-bit ARM processor backed up by 3GB of RAM.
Also, unlike the original announcement, instead of unveiling the Huawei P9 Plus, what was unveiled was the P9 Lite, which is a slightly stripped down version of the P9.
After the unveiling of the products, we had local singing sensation Natasha Rathnayake performing Huawei’s theme song “Dream It Possible”.
This was followed by a product presentation by Chao Ding, Huawei Device, Sri Lanka. His topic “Discover your story” was about how photography especially mobile photography has evolved over the years.
“The phone has been the most important photography tool in our lives.”
He then spoke about EISA (European imaging and sound association) and also on how Huawei’s flagship P series had won multiple awards for their advancements in mobile photography technology. Chao also spoke in depth about Huawei’s collaboration with Leica where they used the same meticulous care for their cameras as they used for the P9.
“We didn’t invent photography, but we invented photography.”
Next up were Photographers Natalie Soysa and Devaka Senevirathne sharing their experience on how the Huawei P9 does indeed change the way you see the world.
They were accompanied by Huawei Sri Lanka Digital Brand Ambassadors, Bathiya and Santhush. The quartet shared life stories on how the P9 has improved the way they look at the world, especially in low-light conditions, which as we all know, is indeed a bane for most smartphone cameras.
The final item on the agenda was indeed an interesting one. It featured the unveiling of “Photo Gallery – Change the way you see the world”. Essentially, this was a collection of images captured using the Huawei P9 by well-known photographers in Sri Lanka orchestrated by Henry Liu and Chandana Samarasinghe, Director – Operations of Singer.
Available in Gold, Silver and Black, the Huawei P9 will be introduced at a price of Rs 75,999 whilst the Huawei P9 Lite would be priced at Rs. 39,999. The devices will be available for purchase in all leading Singer Sri Lanka outlets across the country including Singer Mega, Singer Plus and SISIL World Stores, comprising of over 400 retail outlets and Singer’s digital medial channel that serves 1500 digital media outlets across the country.
If you missed the Livestream of the launch event, you can watch it here.
If you, like us are waiting for a hands-on review of the Huawei P9 and P9 Lite, then do stay tuned.
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