Cold water thrown on latest Google tablet images?
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.
1. McLTE (Posts: 732; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I have an idea!
Lets wait a little bit.. confirm if the images are fake, THEN post to the world.
I looked at the front image and suspected instantly that it was fake. Shouldn't as a journalistic entity, you pursue these suspicions that you MUST have had, prior to posting to your community?
I enjoy most of the articles on this site, but to me this is irresponsible reporting to whip people into a frenzy over nothing.
2. Alp1111 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
I think it is not a tablet. take a look it is not big enough and it has speaker. I think that is a phone of google
3. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Yeah. Looks to me like a Nexus phablet prototype.
5. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
darn you and your cheap fakes bob! I expect better of you!
Lol. jk. ;)