China's Lenovo Eyeing RIM's BlackBerry Business

Chinese company Lenovo is considering potential acquisition targets, including Canada-based Research In Motion, the maker of BlackBerry phones. With the slowdown of PC sales worldwide, a RIM acquisition would help Lenovo penetrate the lucrative mobile-devices market. Worth $80 billion in 2008, when it was the top smartphone seller, RIM could be an easy target for Lenovo as its market value is down to $9 billion following six consecutive quarters of declining sales. RIM is hoping that the highly anticipated and long-delayed BlackBerry 10 phones, which are slated to be unveiled January 30th, will start a turnaround.

What Else You Need To Know

  • Lenovo's no stranger to big acquisitions -- in 2005, Lenovo acquired IBM's personal computing business in 2005 and posted double digit growth through the years to become the world's largest PC seller in the third quarter of 2012.
  • After releasing phones with just marginal improvements in the past two years, RIM has seen its U.S. market share decline from nearly 50% to 1% with consumers shifting to flashier iPhones and Android phones from the likes of HTC and Samsung.

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At first glance this idea seems to have some merit since RIM’s enterprise-centric smartphones would seem to be a good fit with Lenovo’s enterprise laptops and tablets. - Brad Reed, BGR  
Lenovo, which has a presence in the Chinese mobile phone market, has yet to break into the western mobile phone market in a meaningful way. - Dan Seifert, The Verge  
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Among the possibilities would be struggling Canadian phone maker Research In Motion, which has been considering a number of strategic options even as it works to launch its all-new BlackBerry 10 operating system this year.

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