By Stephen Schenck | June 10, 2013 4:52 PM
Sometimes, a purported render of a new smartphone really leaves us scratching our heads. Maybe it’s totally legit, but the design is so off-kilter that we can’t help but wonder if it’s a fake – like what happened when we got an early look at the HTC One. Other times it’s a really well-done fake that hits enough of the right notes that we can’t quite tell if it’s real or not. And then there are those times when we’re just left wondering how anyone could think a sloppy fake is anything even approaching a real image – that’s the boat we find ourselves in today, with a supposed HTC Tiara render going around.
We don’t even know where to start here. Check out that comically oversized Windows logo, or the fact that the phone hardware (looks like a One SV) is clearly at a different resolution than the blurry screenshot that was hastily pasted-in.
Even if the image itself wasn’t obviously fake, it’s crazy that anyone’s picking it up now and treating it as legitimate. After all, you can see in the watermark that this guy is from the site TechAloud, and following the trail reveals that this image was first published all the way back in February, when the Tiara specs initially leaked. That doesn’t even make it seem like a malicious fake, but just a mock-up done to help illustrate the post about Tiara rumors.
Why anyone is pulling up four-month-old images and treating them as brand-new, just-leaked renders is a matter that escapes us.
Recent FCC paperwork sure makes it look like the Tiara will be launching soon for Sprint, but you had better believe it is most certainly not the trainwreck pictured above.