CHINESE HARDWARE MAKER Lenovo reportedly has joined the list of possible Blackberry buyers, with the firm reportedly having approached the struggling Canadian phone maker.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Lenovo, despite previously denying that it was mulling a Blackberry buy (paywalled), has been given the thumbs up to cast an eye over the Canadian company's books before making it a possible offer.
If reports are to be believed, Lenovo has joined a list of possible buyers that includes Intel, Cisco, SAP, Google, Samsung and LG.
Specific details of Lenovo's possible acquisition are yet to be revealed, but as a newcomer to the smartphone market Lenovo recently admitted that it is selling more smartphones than tablets and PCs in China, despite being one of the only PC makers to continue showing sales growth.
However, Lenovo's smartphone portfolio is yet to appear the UK, and the firm hasn't seen much success outside China. However, picking up Blackberry could help Lenovo enter the global smartphone market, and the firm could be looking to take over from Blackberry as a phone maker focused on business professionals.
Lenovo might have a hard time closing a buyout deal for Blackberry, though. Rumours about a takeover have already led to speculation that such a buyout would struggle to get approval from the US and Canada, due to the company's Chinese ownership and the fact that Blackberry does business with sensitive parts of both governments.
Blackberry didn't comment on a possible Lenovo buyout, but instead put out its usual vague statement. A company spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "The special committee, with the assistance of Blackberry's independent financial and legal advisors, is conducting a robust and thorough review of strategic alternatives."
Lenovo declined to comment on the report. µ
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