The guys over at TechHog took a look at the images and concluded that they are a bit of Photoshop hackery. That's a reasonable suspicion - any time websites start seeing leaked blurry-cam photos there is a decent chance they could be fakes. Dozens of faked Galax SIII images circulated leading up to the launch, and we've already seen new iPhone images that many have questioned. For fun let's take a close look at today's Nexus tablet images and dissect some of the potential problems.
Here’s a quick rundown of objections made over the legitimacy of the images:
2) Far more convincing is the observation that the device's shadow appears to be ringed – that is, the shadow has a light band around it that suggests the shadow was cut from one image and pasted onto a darker surface. We agree that this looks suspicious, although we're also puzzled – why cut and paste a shadow when you can make one quite easily in Photoshop? And if you are going to bother cutting and pasting, why not just change the layer blending options to lose the ringing? Regardless, this visual artifact does indeed raise questions about authenticity.
3) The “blurriness” of the Google logo on the back was also questioned – and it’s true that a frequent tell-take sign of digital tampering is when the digital noise of one part of an image looks different from another. The actual noise here seems to cover a much bigger area of the image though, and it’s hard to say whether it’s due to outright faking, or the interaction between image compression and the dot pitch of the screen the image was displayed on. In short, we agree that the logo doesn’t instill confidence in the image, but it’s not a clear smoking gun either.
Of course there is never a way to verify any anonymous images (at least not until the real product ships), which is why we are careful to identify them as such. In the end of course you should make up your own mind, and we have no doubt that you will. Whatever your opinion is on these images, feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.