Lenovo to acquire NEC smartphone business?

Posted on Monday, April 01 2013 @ 13:33 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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X-bit Labs writes Lenovo is reportedly in talks to buy NEC's smartphone business. NEC is a relatively small player in th esmartphone market, back in October the company cut sales target of its loss-making smartphone division to 4.3 million units per quarter from 5 million units before.
Lenovo Group, one of the world’s largest PC makers, is in talks with NEC Corp., which wants to sell its money-losing division to an investor. Lenovo and NEC already supply personal computers to Japan under NEC brand-name, hence, the deal will hardly be completely unexpected.

NEC has until now said its mobile business is an important part of its overall operations. But after two years of losses the company is shedding assets to bolster profitability, reports Reuters news-agency. Lenovo is known for taking over rivals in order to expand market share, therefore, the news should not be considered as a complete surprise.

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