Being an Android news blogger, I am always tracking news items being reported around the world and often I come across news reports that are factually incorrect or misreported. In a bid to gain more and more page-views by filing more stories, bloggers/ tech news sites are spending very little time fact-checking or researching these stories. One blog reports something and most of other blogs follow the first blog and start reporting the same without even checking if it is right or not. This is a bad practice and most of these factually incorrect stories can be spotted in just five minutes of research online.
Until today, I used to ignore such news stories and went on with my day but now I have decided that in order to better inform my readers, I will be doing news buster reports for all such news items related to Android. These reports will highlight what is being reported online and what are the facts.
I am starting with the reports about Huawei Ascend P7 Mini announcement that are going around right now.
What is being reported and what is the real story?
Report: Ascend P7 Mini will be officially launched next month along with Ascend P7/ Ascend P7 Mini is official
Fact: Huawei has already announced the Ascend P7 Mini smartphone. It was unveiled in February for the German market and was even showcased at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. The phone is scheduled to go on sale this month.
Report: Ascend P7 Mini might cost between 250-300 euros
Fact: Huawei has officially stated that Ascend P7 Mini will retail for 299 euros, so there is no need to guess the price. The phone is even listed on Amazon Germany but is currently out of stock.
Some of the websites that are carrying the incorrect reports: GSM Arena, BGR India, GSM Insider, Geeky Gadgets, Softpedia, Gizchina and more..
Some of the links, which reveal the real story: Official press release on Huawei Germany website (it was posted on Feb 23, 2014), Official hands on video on Huawei Germany YouTube channel from MWC, Amazon Germany product listing for Ascend P7 Mini, Tweets from Huawei Germany (1, 2)
Recap of the Huawei Ascend P7 Mini details:
Specifications: Android 4.3 with Emotion 2.0 UI, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor, 4.5-inch qHD display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, microSD card slot, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and 2000 mAh battery
Pricing and availability: Huawei has only revealed the German availability of the phone right now, where it will sell for 299 euros and will go on sale this month.
What are your thoughts, should I continue with such news buster reports or this is a waste of your time?
Great initiative man! After that Galaxy S5 Indian availability flub a month ago, I decided to ensure I check facts more thoroughly. I’ll watch what I write now 🙂