In a rather embarrassing news cockup, a photo that many claimed was the N920, Nokia's successor to the forthcoming N900, has been debunked by its creator as a mere Photoshop exercise.
Nearly six weeks ago - back in September, the owner of Nokiaport.de put up the picture of a device which was a mock-up that looked like the bastard child of an Apple iPhone and a Nokia N800.
The picture was subsequently used by a Chinese website on the 15th of October and labelled as a leaked Nokia N920 and the picture gave rise to a number of rumours, stories without many editors/journalists even checking the original source, Nokiaport.de.
The creator of the now-infamous "photo" said he just put a picture and we [journos, Nokia fanboys etc] did the rest. He added that "all editors who spent engagement and time to write articles, Nokia press department probably got some calls regarding this issue and all enthusiasts who seem to be very disappointed now."
The N920 was supposed to be an early prototype that would have launched with Maemo 6 onboard and come without a QWERTY keyboard, instead relying on a 4.13-inch capacitive screen. See, journalists DO have a fertile imagination.
What we must learn from this story is always go for the source. The image was clearly credited to Nokiaport.de, yet it seems that very few journalists actually took the pain of going to the (English-speaking) website and read that disclaimer. Furthermore, cnBeta.com's own article has been removed apparently.