Samsung says it didn't pay fans to attend its Galaxy S6 launch event in China


According to a recent report coming out of China, Samsung allegedly paid hundreds of people to attend its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge launch event in Shanghai, China, which took place on Friday, April 3. Reportedly, up to 500 young people (under 30 years of age) have been hired to show up and pretend to be Samsung fans during said event. However, Samsung is officially dismissing this report, saying that the whole story is "totally groundless and bogus."

Samsung has it that all the attendees (over 1,100, according to the company), including consumers and industry officials, were "formally invited" to the Galaxy S6 launch event in Shanghai. The company also said that the Chinese publication that originally posted this story corroborated its "findings and soon retracted the erroneous" article.

Officially announced on March 1 at MWC 2015, both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have been met with a tremendous amount of attention around the world, so it's clear that customers are genuinely interested in them. However, the Chinese market is a tough one for Samsung, which seems to be constantly losing ground to local smartphone makers. But perhaps the new flagship handsets will help Samsung regain some of its lost market share in China. We'll see about that later this year.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

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82 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

Of course they'd say that... And only 9 iphone 6+'s bent.

24. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Send me your iPhone 6 Plus, i will bend it by my hands for you.

26. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Another one bite the dust.

36. AlikMalix unregistered

Send me your android phone and I'll bend that with my hands. What's your point?

37. Kumar123 unregistered

LOL. Good one buddy. There is no point of his comment. He is an idiot. He already forgot how bendable and scratcy the samsung galaxy phones are. I also want to see that unboxtherapy dude do a bend test on galaxy flagship phones. But I don't think he has the balls to do so. Youtubers knows most of the internet geeks are android fans so they do things that will please their customers. They don't want to loses their subscribers. Bunch of hypocrites.

45. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

To be fair he did bend some Android phones as well. They, for the most part, took more effort to bend compared to the 6+.

46. engineer-1701d unregistered

its already been tested no bend, the drop test on the iphone and edge units had the iphone 6 bend when it hit the ground and then the screen shatter from hip 3 feet while it took 10 foot drop at 45 angle to crack the gs6 edge glass, deal with it apple is a forgotten product only little kids have them now hand me downs from mom and dad to shut the kids up

54. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Good post. Compared to the S6, the iPhone 6's build quality is atrocious and bad.

52. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Bending isn't a problem on the S6, you Applesexual tool. The problem with the iPhone 6 Plus was Apple's dogcrap build quality that bent the area near the volume rockers under casual use.

55. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

This fool is so amazing. Read my comment carefully before make such a dumb comment. It's a dime a dozen that every phones are bendable with machine. But the iPhone 6 plus can be bent by just low force of hands. Interestingly, it is even bent when someone put it in the back pocket and accidentally sit on it; very embarrassing there. And If you can bend the S6 edge with just your hands, then come back to talk trash about it. But I know, right? you hypocrite will never accept this fact because you're born to be a stupid Samsung hater.

68. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Unbox Therapy guy did it with a Note 4. And it doesn't bend nearly as easily as the iPhone 6+.

77. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

In is uncut video viewed on the streets the iPhone 6+ bent in like 5 sec and the screen came out very fast, it's had a very bad design by the buttons that was then fixed by Apple.http://youtu.be/gJ3Ds6uf0Yg

70. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And you are just like the little boy on your picture.

78. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Galaxy phones aren't all that bendable. Based on test results, it too 150lbs of pressure for the Note 3 to bend vs the iPhone 6 at 70lbs which is 50% Obviously if you set out to damage a [hone you can. But the iPhone suffers from damage even from normal everyday usage and crying, which is not true of the Galaxy line. Taking your hand and trying to bend a phone, is not equal to it bending your pocket. I wear tight jeans. I carried my Note 3, in my back pocket every single day and would sit on it for hours at a time, until that side of my butt was numb, and yet never was bent.

85. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Oh...like this blog, trying to appease the loons in here.

87. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Most smartphone buyers are an overwhelming 85% vs 12% for iOS. So what's your point? Are you saying the overwhelming majority of people on the web are biased against Apple? lol.... Isn't it obvious? ;-P Plus this is provable hardware defects vs unprovable rumors only on this bogus first 20 people paid to be Samsung fans.... and then now being trumped upwards of 500 of the formally invited guests for the launch. In other words they invited 1500 and it was over packed by something like 130 standing in the isles and outside to hear it. If these allocations aren't being backed up by any authorities. They are just that... bogus allocations and Samsung is now working to dig out just where the rumors started. I hope they sue the F*** out of 'em. Especially if it can be proved they are being back door funded by Apple!

42. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Shall I give my symbian 3310?

59. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Really? Then try to bend any Samsung phones BY YOUR HANDS and post your video on youtube and let me see. :)

86. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

That Apple pumps out FUD and Misinformation to either make look better or their competition look bad. Notice that their competitors, unlike both Apple and Microsoft, have always used propaganda to screw with their biggest competitor's sales and launches! But... that has always come back on them, just like this latest attempt to destroy Samsung's S6 launch. Why do you think it's always iDiots crying the loudest about about crap like this? If it works..... for one side, why not the other and quite frankly obviously iBendgate didn't stop Apple's iPhone 6 and 6+ iCopyist sales of Galaxy Note Phablets! ;-P If they offered me money I'd take it in heartbeat, even though Samsung certainly wouldn't have to pay me to tout the benefits of Samsung S6. But get REAL.... how did they find this out in the first place? haha.... You think if anyone got paid, the accusations would force them to prove it. Not have Samsung forced to prove they didn't! ......this is all such a non sequitur attempt to kill S6 sales and in the end it will only enhance them!!! ;-P Publicity of any kind always works that way!!!

56. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I thought you were leaving this site?

61. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I once thought to do that. But you haters kept bothering me with your ignorant comments, so I have to respond.

27. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

And of course you'll try harder to make others believe this is true.. But the whole story is bogus.. If you have read the article in the source you would have found it...

28. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

And of course you'll try harder to make others believe this is true.. But the whole story is bogus.. If you have read the article in the source you would have found it...

40. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

exactly!! they would of course deny that! what to expect??

48. engineer-1701d unregistered

wtf are you talking about all media people are dumb as a brick they sit and read a teleprompter thats it and are told to say and do anything to get ratings just like papers make a story and get people to buy your paper get web traffic and your name out thats all it was a angry little paper that wanted attention so a little person with a htc or a iphone wrote this crap to get traffic for his paper.

47. engineer-1701d unregistered

and i guess you did not read the part that said the newspaper retracted the story because of no evidence, just a little newspaper trying to stay relevant and get there name out there.

71. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

He cant read. ...

74. willard12 unregistered

And of course the magazine would retract the story too, right?

2. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

As fun as the circlejerk may be, a company like Samsung really doesn't need to pay anyone to go to their events.

41. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

maybe in korea. but in china? i tend to disagree!

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