Samsung Brazil and Huawei Egypt accused of using misleading photos in ads

Huawei has issued a statement to Pocketnow.

“The product images and the contents are provided for reference only. Product characteristics and actual specifications may vary (including but not limited to appearance, color, size), as well as actual presentation contents (including but not limited to backgrounds, user interface, and controls).”

Device OEMs are no stranger to shady practices sometimes, as we’ve seen some of the best companies show in the past. Huawei is by no means one of the best, but they were caught before for using misleading photos in their advertisements. Yet again, Huawei Egypt has been caught trying to do the same with the Huawei Nova 3i, but they aren’t the only one this time around. Samsung Brazil has tried to pass off two stock photos as being taken by the newly released Samsung Galaxy A8.

But it’s actually pretty funny how Huawei got caught out. Last time, people viewed the EXIF data of the photos Huawei claimed to belong to the Huawei P9 before release. EXIF data showed that the photos were actually taken by a Canon camera. This time around, an actress on set actually shared a photo showing the photo being taken – with the man in the photo clearly not actually holding anything in his hand. This is the photo Huawei claimed was taken by the Huawei Nova 3i.

And this is how that photo was actually taken.

Yeah, not hard really to connect the dots on that one.

But how Samsung got caught is a little more interesting. They actually used two stock photos from Getty, a site which aggregates stock photos for companies to purchase and use on their websites. One of those photos was titled “Portrait of a beautiful hipster couple looking happy.”

It’s pretty hilarious, though both of those images cost $499 each. Samsung simply added a filter and released them with the caption “A dating registered in many selfies. The front camera #GalaxyA8 has dynamic focus and highlights in the photo what matters most.” Doesn’t leave much to the imagination. It’s clear that they wanted users to believe these photos were from the Samsung Galaxy A8.

They then did it with “Boyfriend and girlfriend taking selfie, piggy back ride” as well.

Why Samsung would do this, nobody really knows. It’s much easier to either take the photos with the actual phone or just not do it at all. Lying about photos does the company no good, especially when it’s very likely that they’ll be caught like this as well. Those who may have been looking forward to either the Huawei Nova 3i or the Samsung Galaxy A8 may have been put off now as well.


Huawei Source: /r/Android Samsung Via: AndroidPolice

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