Huawei P30 Pro is the flagship phone which will be launched on March 26. P30 Pro will feature a periscope-style zoom camera for “super-zoom” capabilities. To promote the feature ahead of the launch company posted some pics at the tech site Weibo. The controversy started when some users find out that those pics are from professional photographer’s portfolio and it’s taken with a DSLR camera.
Having compared the “fake” Huawei P30 sample shots grabbed by GSMAreana with the ones in Richard Yu’s weibo post, it’s safe to say that Huawei updated the pics with a disclaimer *after* being called out. This wouldn’t have been an issue if this was done in the first place. pic.twitter.com/8RmRPFWcIO
— Richard Lai (@richardlai) March 12, 2019
Huawei has issued a statement after it emerged that it was using stock photos in its P30 promotional material. The firm says it’s now aware that there could’ve been a “misunderstanding” regarding these images.
We’ve been made aware that there might have been some misunderstanding regarding our recent HUAWEI P30 Series teaser posters. We would like to reiterate that those are, in fact, only teaser posters, and are only intended to hint at the unique new features that will come with the HUAWEI P30 Series. Huawei has acquired the licenses to the original images and the posters are artistic renditions of said features only. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the media for their interest in our posters. We have much to announce in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned!
This is not the first time the Chinese company involved in such controversy. The company was caught out in 2016 with the Huawei P9, implying that a shot taken with a DSLR camera was actually taken with the 2016 flagship. Last year, the company was caught cheating on benchmark scores to artificially inflate the scores of its phones.