We always try to approach leaks and rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism. You have to. You can’t go all willy-nilly and preach everything as the absolute truth, especially with reaching reports that often cite “sources in the supply chain,” or “analysts predictions.” And you especially have to heed caution when sketchy-looking devices turn up out of the blue.
You know that Sony Nexus X? Fake. Some guy was just having a bit of fun.
Ti Kawamoto, the mastermind behind the prank, describes in painstaking detail how, why and even what he learned during the experience.
To be honest, I cooked this scheme up on Saturday, October 13th without a whole lot of initial thought behind it. As a fun exercise in 3D device modeling, I was already halfway finished with my vision of an ideal-yet-not-too-pie-in-the-sky rendering of a Sony designed Nexus device. Nothing nefarious here, folks; just a guy sharpening his skills.
When Todd covered the story on Monday, he was immediately convinced the image was fake. He was right. Nevertheless, the tale is an interesting one, and just goes to show that someone with a bit of time to kill, and 3D modeling experience, can affect the tech community all from the comfort of their own home.