Busted! Samsung uses stock photos and claims they're from the Galaxy A8 (2018)

Busted! Samsung uses stock photos and claims they're from the Galaxy A8 (2018)
Back in 2016, Huawei posted a photo on its Google+ account, and while it didn't specifically say that the photo came from the Huawei P9, it insinuated that the dual camera setup on the phone was responsible for the image. But the EXIF data revealed that the photo was actually snapped by a $2,600 Canon EOS 5D Mark III using a $1,900 lens (EF70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM).

Something in the same vein just happened to Samsung Brazil. Twice, a tweet sent out by the company stated that a particular photo of a couple was taken with the front-facing camera on the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018). As it turns out, the image was a stock photo originally snapped in 2015 with the title, "Portrait of a beautiful hipster couple looking happy."

And the same thing happened with another picture that Samsung Brazil used to promote the selfie snapper on the Galaxy A8 (2018). That stock photo had the title of "'Boyfriend and girlfriend taking selfie, piggy back ride." Using both photos cost Samsung $499 each, making Getty Images $998 richer.

A Twitter user with the handle @feliperas busted Samsung Brazil. The company did respond, and when the excuse was translated into English, it read "Oops, sorry, you're right, Feliperas. The answer given before was not really correct. Many of the photos we post are taken using our smartphones, but some, like that, are images that also express the attitude of our target audience."

Next time you see a phone manufacturer promote sample pictures from one of its handsets, you might wonder whether the camera on the phone was used to snap the pictures in question. Or, was a professional photographer using professional gear used on the photo shoot?

Related phones

Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Display 5.6 inches
    2220 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI



26. NinoH

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

All good but at least use real photos you took with the device you are trying to sell. Or are they not sure in their products?

23. yalokiy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I don't believe any ad photos from any manufacturer since nokia's 920 ad from 2012 was found to be fake.

21. VasiliS7

Posts: 205; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

I have to say, A8 takes better photos than that.

15. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Thier market share is dropping by ten folds. The chinese iphone knockoffs werr eating them. In time, they will have the same fate as nokia, BlackBerry, htc, lg and sony.

12. Clars123

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

ohhh. The scandal!! Who though this was a good idea though? Everyone anything other than a Samsung flagship is 'meh' at best.

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Didn't they print the original picture and take a photo of it with Samsung A8? :-D Funny, pathetic, but really funny.

7. sirohunter

Posts: 229; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Come on that's on another level :/ Would've been OK to just find the perfect lightning conditions or whatever to take the pic but with the ACTUAL phone's camera.....Not a 3k pro cam! *disappointed* I think it shouldn't be even legal to just lie straight up like that ._.

6. sunnyfpy

Posts: 297; Member since: May 12, 2013

Sammy already dead on arrival

5. peace247 unregistered

someone's getting fired.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2575; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I mean I think it’s kind of obvious when it comes to these things that either the photo was not really taken with the phone mentioned or if it was then it was taken with precise lighting and settings. So, yes, they did lie, but also almost every manufacturer shows photos that were taken under such optimal conditions that they aren’t going to be what you get either.

19. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

#1 Rule of Cheating; Don't get caught.

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I know they all lie in some way or another, but I am blown away by the mere stupidity Samsung lied on this one. What idiot thinks they can get away by using stock images. At least Huawei shot pictures themselves (just not on their equipment).

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


32. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yuk Samsung... That was really cheap.

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