Khan’s Moto Razr render. [credit:
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 that “Lenovo’s” Razr render was a fanmade video that it downloaded 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.