Lenovo looking to buy NEC’s mobile division for Android push

March 29, 2013
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We've been hearing a lot of different rumors lately surrounding the fact that Lenovo wants to jump deeper into the Android smartphone market. They have plenty of impressive phones, but we've heard they are looking to buy RIM (BlackBerry) and now new reports claim NEC could be selling their mobile division to Lenovo.

According to CNET NEC's ailing mobile unit is possibly on the auction blocks, although nothing has been officially reported or confirmed at this point. Reuters claims someone close to the situation is stating they are looking at Lenovo for a possible acquisition.

NEC is a Japan-based company and their smartphones while decent, haven't made it to any US soil for the most part. We've seen various odd dual-screen smartphones from the company but nothing major that has gained any traction. The same could also be said about Lenovo's smartphones, so the two combining efforts could be a good move.

"We're considering a number of ways to bolster the competitiveness of our mobile phone business, but nothing has been decided."

The quote above comes from NEC in a statement to investors earlier this week, so at the moment nothing is even official. The company also denied any buyout talks, but that is to be expected. Lenovo has some impressive 5-inch 1080p phones with impressive battery life, Intel-powered smartphones and more so it will be interesting to see if anything comes of this report.

[via SlashGear]


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