[Updated] Huawei Using Cheap Tactics to Sell Mate 10 Pro – Asking for Fake Reviews to Attract Users for Beta Testing the Phone
Update: Huawei’s representative spoke to Android Authority, giving the following response on the latest fake reviews debacle:
“Huawei’s first priority is always the consumer and we encourage our customers to share their experiences with our devices in their own voice and through authentic conversation. We believe there is confusion around a recent social media post reaching out to recruit new beta testers. While there are reviews from beta testers with extensive knowledge of the product, they were in no way given monetary benefits for providing their honest opinions of the product. However, we are working to remove posts by beta testers where it isn’t disclosed they participated in the review program.”
Being the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, Huawei is expected to hold a respectable level of ethics and not resort to cheap tactics when selling devices. Unfortunately, even a company as big as Huawei will stop at nothing to make sure its devices are seen everywhere, even if it means asking for fake reviews in exchange for users beta testing the flagship.
Private Facebook Group Reveals Huawei Is Asking for Fake Reviews on Best Buy of Mate 10 Pro and Allow Users to Start Using Them
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is only up for pre-order in the U.S. and yet there have been several positive reviews of the flagship on Best Buy, according to the latest report from 9to5Google. Nearly all the reviews are accompanied by a 5-star rating, concluding the AI-chip-touting flagship as perhaps the greatest flagship of the year. Well turns out there is a reason for these reviews showing up.
In a private Facebook group, Huawei was requesting that users who put up a positive review on Best Buy will get a chance to beta-test the handset. Though the original post has since been deleted, it reveals that Huawei is up to no good in attempting to penetrate the U.S. market through other means.
Since the agreement with AT&T broke down at the 11th-hour, it does not look like Huawei will be able to sell its devices through carriers in the U.S. anytime soon. Though you can still pick up a phone from the company, it is going to be sold in its unlocked variant, meaning that it is not going to be compatible with some carriers.
Huawei is expected to make an appearance during MWC 2018, but it is not going to be for showcasing flagship offerings. That is going to be for another dedicated event and we certainly hope that the company does not resort to similar tactics when attempting to sell its P20 and P20 Plus in the near future.