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Lenovo touts smartphone partners

06 Jun 13

Lenovo is "in preliminary talks with 'multiple parties' about a possible joint venture in smartphones."

As reported by The Wall Street journal, the Chinese company looks set to change its way and head into the mobile device market.

"We are in talks with many people," Milko van Duijl, Asia-Pacific president, Lenovo told the WSJ.

"The reason why we are very active is that this industry is moving fast.

"Tablets and smartphones are where the biggest growth is, particularly in emerging markets."

BlackBerry?

The company, fresh from walking away from a deal to acquire IBM's X86 server business, could potentially make a move for Canadian firm BlackBerry, given CEO Yang Yuanqing's claims in March.

Speaking to the French press a few months ago, Yuanqing said: “External growth remains a question of opportunities.

“As for BlackBerry, the file could eventually make sense, but I must first analyse the market and understand the exact weight of this company.”

It must be noted that Lenovo did downplay the rumours two months earlier in January, but with the company now actively seeking a partner, could a move for BlackBerry be on the cards?

Who will Lenovo join forces with? Tell us your predictions below

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