Vizileaks‘ recent flood of Nokia EOS leaks has made me very suspicious, and I believe that the only possible explanation for it all is that the leak is intentional and part of Nokia’s plan. Having spent some time analysing the images, tweets and blog posts from the user’s various online channels, I have expanded my theory and it’s not quite as far fetched as it may seem. My reasons for suspecting this are as follows:
- Spontaneity – The Twitter account appeared just moments after images posted on WPDang showed a body of the phone. While this could purely be a coincidence, showing off high quality images after traditional blurry (and inevitable) leaks would allow people to focus on the actual phone itself, rather than its parts.
- Images – In one of the images posted yesterday (June 6th), the date on the phone is clearly visible as Tuesday 2nd. The last time we had one of those was back in April, suggesting that, providing the date is accurate, they’ve been sitting on these images for quite a while, waiting for the right time to show them off. Why would any genuine whistleblower sit on such golden images for so long?
- Wording – Some of their tweets read just like ones from the official Nokia account, most notably this one.
- Purpose – Their blog is titled Nokia EOS, suggesting that leaking this phone is their sole purpose. Other leak channels tend to post one image or tidbit of information before going onto the next one.
- Reputation – Unlike @evleaks, which fires out press image after press image of new devices with little to no error, Vizileaks has no track record of leaks, as nothing has ever been posted on the account other than EOS. How would a brand new anonymous leaker get such a massive scoop without, say, an inside contact?
- The phone itself – At this stage, pictures of parts coming out of factories is inevitable. Assembled and functional phones without Nokia’s traditional prototype marking would only be in the hands of employees, however. Tied in with the seemingly unrestricted access Vizileaks has to the device from the ‘insider’ that possesses it and the mislabeled tiles that Nokia uses to trace leaks certain to identify anyone found on the home screen, it becomes crystal clear that the source is inside Nokia, and most likely part of the company’s ad strategy to combat illegitimate leaks getting all the attention.
In a nutshell, this phone is real. This phone will also only be in the hands of Nokia employees right now, so there is zero doubt in my mind that these leaks are from inside and staged to build up some hype for the upcoming Windows Phone, and they are succeeding in doing so. The way I see it, Nokia waited for the inevitable first leak and then gave the go-ahead to whoever’s running it to begin the Vizileaks stuff. Of course I may well be either entirely insane or reading too much into things (and there’s a strong chance that this is the case), but with the EOS launch rumoured for July, it shouldn’t be too long before we find out.