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Lenovo's smartphone division has once again been caught misleading the press on its future plans. This time, the company held a press event for Chinese media and showed off what it said was a render of the mythical Moto Razr phone reboot with a foldable display. The only problem is "Lenovo's" Razr render was a fanmade video that it download from the Internet, and the creator says the company didn't even have permission to use it.
The allegedly stolen video in question is this Moto Razr concept video created by Waqar Khan. What appears to be an edited version of Khan's video was given to the Chinese media, and reports like this one from Sina Technology (a media company from the owners of Sina Weibo, China's Twitter clone) rehosted the video saying (through translation), "Lenovo today unveiled its own folding screen mobile phone video in an interview with Sina Technology and other media."
The rehosted video, reportedly from Lenovo, shows Khan's Razr render with some—but not all—of the watermarks removed. The most noticeable remaining watermark is on the clock, which says "Concept by @WaqarKahnHD" above and below the time. This appears on the inside and outside screens of the phone render. The original video has watermarks in the bottom left and top right corners of the video, which have been cropped out in the version given to the Chinese media.
Richard Lai, Editor-in-Chief of Engadget Chinese, also confirms the meeting with Lenovo did actually happen, and he even shared a video from the press event. In this, Khan's video appears on a projector—again with Khan's watermark in the clock, but this time with a "Lenovo" screen at the end of the video.
Further ReadingLenovo’s all-screen smartphone was all talkThis is not the first time Lenovo's smartphone division specifically has gone out of its way to mislead the press. The company shared incorrect and greatly exaggerated renders of the Lenovo Z5 in the run up to launch, for instance. The company's renders and description of the phone, released just weeks before the launch, claimed it would be nearly all display with a notch-less design. Lenovo made the Z5 seem like a significant leap over existing smartphones, but when the final release came, the company instead turned in a phone with a notch and a thick bottom bezel, just like every other phone on the market at the time.
Video of the media briefing. pic.twitter.com/Fv9QRyg6S4
— Richard Lai (@richardlai) May 16, 2019
— 小口貴宏 / EngadgetJP (@TKoguchi787) April 10, 2019
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