Did Huawei Fib On A P9 Photo?

The Android Police (screen shot below) called out Huawei about a promo photo that the latter claimed (or seemed to claim) was taken by its P9 smartphone. Remember the Huawei P9 is Huawei’s smartphone that is “co-engineered with Leica” and has dual 12-megapixel cameras using Leica-branded optics. In fact, the Leica name is prominently displayed on the body.

The Android Police

Huawei said that the P9 “makes taking photos in low light conditions like this a pleasure.”

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

Well, turns out that the photo in question was actually shot using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens attached, information obtained courtesy of the EXIF metadata.

Is it possible that the advert that was being filmed did not produce even one usable photo taken by the P9? And so, whoever was in charge of posting on Google+ used the photo shot by the Canon. Ads are like that. They are shot by photographers using their preferred and trusted equipment, not the product featured in the ad. Missing in all the fancy graphics, videos and marketing claims is just one photo actually shot by the P9. Easy (and understandable) mistake to make.

Huawei apologized and removed the photo.

It has recently been highlighted that an image posted to our social channels was not shot on the Huawei P9. The photo, which was professionally taken while filming a Huawei P9  advert, was shared to inspire our community. We recognise though that we should have been clearer with the captions for this image. It was never our intention to mislead. We apologise for this and we have removed the image.

It would have been a smart move to replace the offending photo by one actually shot by the P9.