Red Handed: Huawei caught promoting a DSLR pic as one from the P9!


Apple critic and author of Daring Fireball, John Grisham once (okay, more than once) caught favourite Chinese brand Xiaomi lifting photos and icons from various places a few years back. Fast forward to 2016, and it’s Xiaomi counterpart (and rising threat) Huawei that faces similar charges.

Noticed by Android Police, Huawei were caught using a DSLR picture (top) on social media, talking about it as one taken on the new Leica-powered Huawei P9. Wonder what Leica will have to say about that?

What gave it all away would be the EXIF data that someone from Huawei’s social media team forgot to clean. The EXIF data read the following:

Date taken 3/8/16, 5:35 PM
Dimensions 2000 x 1333
File name 0107 – Huawei – Facebook – Google+ – Instagram – Twitter.jpg
File size 1.75M
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Focal Length 135mm
Exposure 1/800
F Number f/4
ISO 500
Camera make Canon
Flash Not used
Exposure Bias -1 EV

…while Huawei’s social media update read:

We managed to catch a beautiful sunrise with Deliciously Ella. The #HuaweiP9’s dual Leica cameras makes taking photos in low light conditions like this a pleasure. Reinvent smartphone photography and share your sunrise pictures with us. #OO

Hmmmmmmm. Fishy fish.

I wonder how long before the Huawei social media team member finds a new job for himself. Do you remember other tech company fails? The one by Archos tops our list!

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48 Comments

  1. Ionut Johnny
    July 4, 2016

    Wow, red handed, it’s not like samsung and iPhone do it every year :-))

    • poirot
      July 5, 2016

      it’s a common shitty practice, therefore it’s no longer shitty!

      • Wolvie
        July 5, 2016

        Good point, if everybody doing it then already become regular thing LFMAO

    • PhoneFix
      July 5, 2016

      every smartphone manuf. cheating !
      most apple cheating with their iphone!

      • NextHype
        July 5, 2016

        Not every smartphone manufacturer is cheating !
        Check Elephone, they have a blank record of fraudulent marketing xD

        As for Apple, they did NOT had participation in latest Antutu version to ensure the best score for iPhone 7 during its launch. It has been proved to be false by an independant inspector from Apple.

        • Muhammad Yasir
          July 5, 2016

          lol…

        • PhoneFix
          July 5, 2016

          Independent Inspector from apple sounds very stupid..
          Independent inspector must be person which isnt interested in particular brand or device and must not be employer to inspected company or bribed or corrupted…

          • NextHype
            July 6, 2016

            that’s why you may have considered my post as a joke ^^

  2. Ionut Johnny
    July 4, 2016

    Wow, red handed, it’s not like samsung and iPhone do it every year :-))

    • poirot
      July 5, 2016

      it’s a common shitty practice, therefore it’s no longer shitty!

    • Guest
      July 5, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • NextHype
      July 5, 2016

      Not every smartphone manufacturer is cheating !
      Check Elephone, they have a blank record of fraudulent marketing xD

      As for Apple, they did NOT had participation in latest Antutu version to ensure the best score for iPhone 7 during its launch. It has been proved to be false by an independant inspector from Apple.

    • Guest
      July 5, 2016

      lol…

    • Guest
      July 5, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • Guest
      July 5, 2016

      Good point, if everybody doing it then already become regular thing LFMAO

    • NextHype
      July 6, 2016

      that’s why you may have considered my post as a joke ^^

  3. Airyl
    July 5, 2016

    This isn’t common practice? I mean, it’s still painful to get caught red handed, but isn’t this normal?

    • poirot
      July 5, 2016

      and apparently that makes it okay.

      • Airyl
        July 5, 2016

        It doesn’t make it OK, but it’s not nearly as surprising as people are making it out to be.

        • poirot
          July 6, 2016

          therefore it shouldn’t be reported? you sound like a damage control lol

  4. Wolvie
    July 5, 2016

    Hmm maybe finally Huawei managed to embed Canon EOS 5D Mark III inside their Huawei P9 LOL.

    Once i asked my friend, he is a professional photographer. According to his humble advice, Smartphone camera will not ever be the same as DSLR. it is just not possible (for now) with the physical limited small size to cramp all the DSLR camera quality inside.

    IF such a technology exist where scientist manage to shrink DSLR, he will be more than happy to replace his heavy DSLR equipments. He said he is getting older and nowadays always feel very tired to carry those everywhere LOL.

  5. Lazar Prodanovic
    July 5, 2016

    They culd had used at least DSLR with better lens.
    Think Leica should say goodbye to Huawei at least wile they still have some dignity left.

  6. Airyl
    July 5, 2016

    This isn’t common practice? I mean, it’s still painful to get caught red handed, but isn’t this normal?

    • poirot
      July 5, 2016

      and apparently that makes it okay.

    • Airyl
      July 5, 2016

      It doesn’t make it OK, but it’s not nearly as surprising as people are making it out to be.

    • poirot
      July 6, 2016

      therefore it shouldn’t be reported? you sound like a damage control lol

  7. Guest
    July 5, 2016

    Hmm maybe finally Huawei managed to embed Canon EOS 5D Mark III inside their Huawei P9 LOL.

    Once i asked my friend, he is a professional photographer. According to his humble advice, Smartphone camera will not ever be the same as DSLR. it is just not possible (for now) with the physical limited small size to cramp all the DSLR camera quality inside.

    IF such a technology exist where scientist manage to shrink DSLR, he will be more than happy to replace his heavy DSLR equipments. He said he is getting older and nowadays always feel very tired to carry those everywhere LOL.

  8. Lazar Prodanovic
    July 5, 2016

    They culd had used at least DSLR with better lens.
    Think Leica should say goodbye to Huawei at least wile they still have some dignity left.

  9. Alex
    July 5, 2016

    I think every smartphone probably does this. Just that Huawei got caught. I only judge the quality of the camera from reliable reviews anyway.

  10. Twister12
    July 5, 2016

    No surprise there it’s Chinese after all.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      July 5, 2016

      lol.. thats racist

      • Twister12
        July 5, 2016

        Nahh. Just telling the truth. Everybody knows it people are just afraid to be called racist lol

        • NextHype
          July 6, 2016

          It IS some kind of racism as your post implies being chinese as an important factor for cheating. Which is clearly false as brands from other countries practice cheating as much as chinese brands (unless you have some kind of study to backup your racist assumptions and prove me wrong).

          In this case, John Grisham already caught Apple and Samsung doing the same fraud so we could add US and Korea to the Axis of Cheat.

          And that doesn’t leave many phone manufacturing countries in the Allies of Truth.

          • Twister12
            July 6, 2016

            Maybe it sounds that I am but as I’d said it’s the truth. If you live in Asia you will know what I’m talking about. The thing is it’s in their culture nothing can change that. They will cheat in everything and they will not even deny that.

            • NextHype
              July 7, 2016

              Pharmaceutical industry is full of lies, and no chinese brand can compete in this market. Banking/Financial industry is full of lies too, and chinese can’t compete in this world too. US financial system f**ked everyone in the a$$ with their subprimes and derivated products leading to a systemic collapse so… I don’t think chinese are more inclined to lie compared to other ppl. Maybe you’re right from some point of view, it’s too wide as a subject for us to be really right or wrong ^^

  11. Muhammad Yasir
    July 5, 2016

    shame on Huawei !

  12. Alex
    July 5, 2016

    I think every smartphone probably does this. Just that Huawei got caught. I only judge the quality of the camera from reliable reviews anyway.

  13. Twister12
    July 5, 2016

    No surprise there it’s Chinese after all.

    • Guest
      July 5, 2016

      lol.. thats racist

    • Twister12
      July 5, 2016

      Nahh. Just telling the truth. Everybody knows it people are just afraid to be called racist lol

    • NextHype
      July 6, 2016

      It IS some kind of racism as your post implies being chinese as an important factor for cheating. Which is clearly false as brands from other countries practice cheating as much as chinese brands (unless you have some kind of study to backup your racist assumptions and prove me wrong).

      In this case, John Grisham already caught Apple and Samsung doing the same fraud so we could add US and Korea to the Axis of Cheat.

      And that doesn’t leave many phone manufacturing countries in the Allies of Truth.

    • Twister12
      July 6, 2016

      As I’d said I’m just telling the truth. If you live in Asia you will know what I’m talking about. The thing is it’s in their culture nothing can change that. They will lie & cheat in everything and they will not even deny that.

      FYI I am an avid fan of Chinese Smartphones because of the price. I owned Thl, Zopo, Xiaomi, Vivo and LeTV. I bought these for being cheap with respectable specs but before I purchased I researched a lot because I knew that whatever these companies said about their products there’s always some lies on it. If the lies are acceptable to me and commensurate with the price only then that I’ll go for it.

    • NextHype
      July 7, 2016

      Pharmaceutical industry is full of lies, and no chinese brand can compete in this market. Banking/Financial industry is full of lies too, and chinese can’t compete in this world too. US financial system f**ked everyone in the a$$ with their subprimes and derivated products leading to a systemic collapse so… I don’t think chinese are more inclined to lie compared to other ppl. Maybe you’re right from some point of view, it’s too wide as a subject for us to be really right or wrong ^^

  14. Guest
    July 5, 2016

    shame on Huawei !

  15. Muhammad Saeed
    July 5, 2016

    even without the exif data its 100% apparent that it is a DSLR photo, phyisically it is impossible for a phone camera to take that kind of photo

  16. Natsumi
    July 5, 2016

    CHEATERS. Shame!!!

  17. Muhammad Saeed
    July 5, 2016

    even without the exif data its 100% apparent that it is a DSLR photo, phyisically it is impossible for a phone camera to take that kind of photo

  18. Natsumi
    July 5, 2016

    CHEATERS. Shame!!!