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

The technology site Expansys got in touch with me to tell me that the Galaxy S4 renders that are floating around the internet are just mockups they made. Sorry for bursting your bubble.
March 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:

@whatthebitour webdesigner made them !!! Evleaks stole them and added his logo :S
— eXpansysFR (@eXpansysFR) March 5, 2013

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?