The Lenovo smartphone division is again caught confusing by press on its future plans. At this time, the company had a press event for Chinese media and showed off what it said was a rendering of mythical Moto Razr reboot phone with a foldable display. The only problem is that "Razr rendered" Lenovo is a fanmade video downloaded from the Internet, and the creator says the company does not even have permission to use it.
The allegedly stolen video is the concept of the Moto Razr video created by Waqar Khan. What looks like an edited version of Khan's video given to China's media, and reports like this from Sina Technology (a media company from Sina Weibo owners, China's Twitter clone ) was once again given a commentary video (in translation), "Lenovo now introduces its own mobile screen video screen screen in an interview with Sina Technology and other media."
The rehosted video, reported from Lenovo, shows Khan's Razr render to some-but not all-watermarks have been removed. The most striking remaining watermark is on the clock, which says, "Concept of @ WaqarKahnHD" above and below time. It appears inside and outside the phone placement screens. The original video has watermarks in the lower left and right upper corner of the video, cropped in version provided in Chinese media.
Video of media briefing. pic.twitter.com/Fv9QRyg6S4
̵1; Richard Lai (@richardlai) May 16, 2019
Richard Lai, editor-in-chief of Engadget Chinese,  that the Lenovo meeting really happened, and he shared a video from the press event. In this case, Khan's video appears on a projector-again in Khan's watermark on the clock, but this time with a "Lenovo" screen at the end of the video.
This is not the first time that Lenovo's smartphone division is definitely lost in a way to mislead the press. The company shares incorrectly and extremely exaggerated showing Lenovo Z5 on running until launch, for example. Company rendering and telephone description, released several weeks before the launch, have claimed that it is mostly shown with less design. Lenovo did that the Z5 seemed like a significant jump on existing smartphones, but when the last release came, the company instead turned on a phone with a notch and a thick bottom bezel, as per Other phones on the market in time.
So does the foldable Razr phone actually progress?
Allegedly getting a video-made fan and passing it as a Lenovo project is shameful enough, but there's one big question that needs to be asked after all this: does the folding Moto Razr phone exist? If the folding Razr is a real smartphone in development and Lenovo wants to talk about touching it, why not Lenovo has its own own rendered rendering to share? Why is the accurate rendering of the fan accurate to everyone?
Lenovo never actually said it was building a folding Razr phone. The company has a patent that is a folding design of Razr, but every patent of the company can think of every possible design, and the patents are not solid indicators of future products. The only convincing news about Moto Razr comes from a report in the Wall Street Journal written in January 2019. The story that recorded a $ 1,500 folding smartphone was released in US Verizon "as soon as February. " Obviously, this is May, so it does not look like the timeline in that report is correct. "src =" https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DxdOefZWwAY_JKM.jpg "width =" 805 "height =" 577 "/> Lenovo & # 39; s foldable Razr patent.
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We did not see a single solid piece of evidence that Moto Razr really existed. It is very rare that any high-profile phone development is kept a secret. also think that the phone is a point one month away from the launch, as soon as it is delayed for several months, and then never leaked after all that rearranging. Besides some dubiously sourced render (which , as seen above, may come from anywhere), this phone is a ghost.
Try to think of Lenovo's position here: you are thirsty for the touch of attention, you to talk about press about your in-development Razr phone, and instead to show what you actually work, you choose to download and edit another person's YouTube video. It is not behavior that makes sense-especially if the Razr phone is actually in development.
The closest thing we found on the phone with a Razr style design was a prototype Sharp display demo that had an upright folding screen. The "device," shown in April 2019, is not a phone; It is a foldable display mounted on a large metal box. Despite having a full metal shoebox worth the space to store parts of the smartphone on, the rest of the display is still not close to the thin you want to expect from a Razr phone.
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As we learned in the Galaxy Fold, foldable displays are very fragile, and a way to help long life does not put a hard fold on the display. This is the Sharp's approach to the display that lasts, but keeping a wider radius on the display means a thicker device.
The foldable Moto Razr design depicted on Lenovo patents and the render of Khan does not seem to be a smartphone design possible. It's too thin, the display needs to be too much, and it does not look like a room for a big battery. It looks more like a person who has tracked the original Razr design for a patent with no consideration for feasibility.
As technology continues to improve and designs that are not possible right now will be possible in the future, Lenovo is probably not one of the companies to jump ahead of the pack when it comes to foldables. Lenovo is not a top-tier smartphone company-it does not produce new designs or trail-blazing smartphones in the way Samsung, Apple, and Huawei do. When foldable ends, it is likely to be solved by one of the three companies.
Samsung is a foundational giant in smartphone technology, and Galaxy Fold, with all its troubles, is the closest to rollable to launch since Samsung is the largest and most advanced display manufacturer on Earth. Apple is the most profitable smartphone company and can invest a ton of R & D money and supply lines to create smartphone technologies that have never been before. Huawei is the second largest smartphone manufacturer behind Samsung, but as a Chinese company, it has the benefit of faster collaboration with all supply line companies in China. Many would say that the company has the full power of the Chinese government behind them, which will help a lot in getting the market first.
In contrast to any of the organizations, Lenovo smartphone division has never shown the ability to get a feature or technology to market first. The entire industry has access to foldable smartphones, but in order for a second (or third?) Manufacturer of ladder like Lenovo to get a foldable smartphone out of the door, we need to see the big company nail all things down first. Even then, all the first generation devices will be more beautiful and thicker than the Razr's fabric.
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