A week ago, the Wall Street Journal’s Re/code quoted a Lenovo marketing executive as saying that Hollywood star and entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher was working with the company to create a smartphone. Lenovo says that’s not true but offers no other insight.

In what was called a “Clarification on Ashton Kutcher and Lenovo,” Lenovo stated in an email:

“Please be advised that the development agreement Lenovo has with Ashton Kutcher is for tablets only, and not for smartphones.”

The note was sent by Ray Gorman, executive director of external communications for Lenovo, on Monday night.

Gorman, who is based at Lenovo’s executive headquarters in Morrisville, did not respond to requests for additional information sent by WRALTechWire.

Some other media outlets who also had picked up on the Re/code report also received the Gorman note and said they were unable to get additional information.

Kutcher was signed on to help Lenovo with tablets last October.

What We Reported …

Here’s the top part of the story WRALTechWire reported last Friday:

Lenovo’s chief marketing officer tells “re/code” that Ashton Kutcher, who stars in “Two and a Half Men,” is helping design a line of special edition phones.

Yes, Lenovo’s smartphone drive is picking up more star power just weeks after announcing a deal to buy Google Motorola Mobility for $2.9 billion. A new Moto phone is coming later this year, too.

Lenovo already sells a “K” phone endorsed by NBA start Kobe Bryant. So what will the new K phone be called?

Who knows?

However, Chief Marketing Officer David Roman told Re/code (which is part of the Wall Street Journal empire) that the Kuthcer phones will be out later in 2014.

“I know on one level, it sounds corny, but it is real,” said Roman in an interview with Re/code. “He not only sees himself as an engineer, but he is an engineer. If he sees a problem, he wants to solve it.”

Kutcher is not working on design circuitry, Roman adds, but he is deeply involved in what the experience of a Kutcher phone users will be.

You can read the full story online.


So what happens next?

We’ll see what Lenovo has to say in days ahead.

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