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Nokia N920 Tablet PC Is A Fake, Doesn't Exist Says Webmaster

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.

Our Comments

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.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.