I present Anker a challenge (as inspired by @professor many times in the past).
I challenge you to release a product before any member of the community posts about it. I cannot remember the last time a product was released unexpectedly or without prior knowledge.
Official press releases (via PR Newswire) are few and far between. There has only been one this year (for PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 and PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 Mini Thunderbolt 3 Docks). Even that was 13 days after the release on Amazon.
This leads me (and many other community members) to wonder what Anker’s marketing team does. Products are very rarely formally announced.
So, I challenge you, Anker. Release a product with your own marketing before we report on it.
I am not disagreeing, I am putting a counter, almost devil’s advocate position.
Hypothesis (to be proven or disproven):
You are a pawn in Anker’s marketing. If Anker simply launched a product, kept it secret then announced, then released, then whatever (I notice you are not stating your non-human sources) route you are using will have to be closed, and they’d have to keep whatever paths as closed, and all that would happen is instead of you announcing it, they then do it later. What they have you doing is creating in this community a buzz, so we discuss it multiple times for longer. Indeed the less we know the more we guess and discuss, and create more words.
So hypothesis is Marketing are deliberately using you to get more attention than if they simply announced it. Prove that wrong.