Expansys claims that @evleaks stole their Galaxy S4 renders, added his logo

by: ŠtefanMarch 5, 2013

Earlier today I published two photos of the alleged Galaxy S4 that were tweeted by the anonymous Twitter user @evleaks. I have no idea who @evleaks is, but I “trust” them. By “trust” I mean that they’ve usually gotten rumors right in the past.

Shortly after publishing that article, several people reached out to me on Twitter to say that the same renders, but without @evleaks watermark, are on Expansys’ website. In case you don’t know who Expansys is, they’re an online retailer that specializes in selling unlocked phones. Expansys France then followed on Twitter, and I asked them what exactly what going on with the S4 renders.

Their response:

First, I’d like to apologize, because I broke a lot of people’s hearts. I also passed on information that was false, mainly because I honestly thought it was true. Second, I can now no longer trust @evleaks. That account will probably publish a ton of leaks in the future, all of which will be accurate, but all it takes is one screw up like this to damage a reputation.

Do I feel bad? Yes. At the same time I’m going to tell you guys what I’ve been saying since I started writing for technology sites back in 2007: Nothing is official until you’re reading a press release on a company’s website. Luckily, Samsung is going to host an event in just 10 days.

We can all wait 10 days, right?

  • Souske

    Im actually glad it isn’t the s4. Hope they can come up with a better design than that :|

  • WWE7Nations

    B*tch Please!!!!!

  • Bone
  • Diego!

    It screamed fake at the very first sight. Anyone could tell…

  • knight4436

    Thank goodness it’s not the real s4 @ stefan thanks for letting people know what’s going on with the supposed s4 pic’s

  • MasterMuffin

    almost everyone new that that was a fake. No home button, seriously.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      I think you mean knew, not new.

      • MasterMuffin

        What, that’s what I wrote ;) Damn you typo!

  • So much for EV leaks.

  • I have a solution for you guys: stop caring about rumours altogether. This turns tech blogs into metal and silicon versions of gossip sites. It’s just not worth it, really.

    • Jordan Anderson

      ^What he said!

      • Stefan Constantinescu

        Can’t afford that. Rumors drive traffic, traffic puts food on the table.

  • I can wait 10 days. fair enough

  • taz89

    No home button should have been an obvious thing to put you off from calling it legit especially when they just put a home button on the note 8 tablet… it was to obvious it was not the s4

  • Jaime Larios

    Nice article and the way you apologized. You earned a lot of respect from me today.