By Vamien McKalin | Jun 02, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
Something interesting is brewing, as leaked photos of a trio of potentially impressive handsets, have hit the web. One image purportedly shows the HTC M4, a device that is rumored to be a smaller version of the critically acclaimed HTC One. Another purportedly shows the Sony Togari that has a massive 6.44-inch 1080p display, and finally, the third photo purportedly shows the Nokia Lumia 1030, which could turn out to be the first Windows Phone 8 phablet from the Finnish giant.
These images could be fake, as the person who leaked the information to Engadget, goes by the name Dahny El Perro, and his Twitter account is only a day old. Furthermore, the three handsets all leaked at the same time, doesn't come as legitimate. Something is definitely not right here. Still, we're going to take a look at all three devices to determine what is really going on, and if they are fake or genuine.
First up, the Nokia Lumia 1030, a device that comes off as a phablet due to the extra tile column. The next Windows Phone 8 update, codenamed GDR3, will come with an extra tile column for larger screen devices, but this handset is a hoax. According to Windows Phone Central, Nokia does not have any plans for a phablet device at this time, which means the image is fake. Then again, it wasn't too difficult to figure this out as it is likely Nokia would not go with the name 'Lumia 1030.'
What about the Sony Togari? Well, 6.44-inches seems a bit off, and the design doesn't come off as comfortable. The phone would have to be wider rather than taller to be comfortable in the hands, so it is likely the alleged photo of Togari is a fake too.
Finally, the HTC M4. We've come across rumors of the M4 a while back, it's supposed to be a device that is similar in design to the HTC One but smaller (think HTC One Mini) and is aimed at the mid-range market, so we can't be sure how legit the image is. Still, we can claim it to be fake since it's a part of the composite image in which the other photos are clearly fakes.
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