Lenovo admits possibility of buying Research in Motion for BlackBerry brand

Posted on Jan 24 2013 - 4:50pm by Mike Wewerka

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Lenovo is a company that is typically thought of as a “business”  or “enterprise” company with their many laptops, desktops and tablets. So it only makes sense that the company would want to strengthen their mobile division with a product that has an equal or better reputation. So while the latest news of Lenovo being interested in purchasing BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion, shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, it has actually caught most of us off-guard.

While nothing is guaranteed and as of right now, as this is more speculation than anything else, Lenovo’s CFO Wong Wai Ming, said that his company was looking to up their mobile division and in doing so, has thought about purchasing the struggling Canadian company, Research in Motion. While speaking at the World Economic Forum, Ming said, “We are looking at all opportunities. We’ll have no hesitation if the right opportunity comes along that could benefit us and shareholders.”

So what does that statement really mean? Basically it means if the price is right, a deal can be done. While unsubstantiated rumors swirled last year that Samsung was interested in purchasing RIM—which they outright denied—Lenovo seems more ideal, seeing how they’re already embedded in many of the companies and corporations that use BlackBerry smartphones and services. While this is still just a rumor, Bloomberg reports that Lenovo has an acquisitions team, which has, believe it or not, already spoken with RIM about some possibilities.

Will any of this pan out? I guess that depends on the immediate, if any, success of the new BlackBerry 10 OS and devices which are set to be unveiled next week on January 31.

Source: Bloomberg