Wong Wai Ming of Lenovo fame has this week revealed that extensive efforts are being made by the company to increase its presence in the mobile technology market, leading dozens of analysts and experts to conclude that the company may be giving serious thought to taking the reins over at Research in Motion.
Speaking with Bloomberg, the Lenovo CEO confirmed that acquisition is one of the options being considered by the Chinese firm as a means by which to remain viable and current, as mobile technology continues to eat away at traditional laptop and PC sales.
“We are looking at all opportunities – RIM and many others,” he told reporters. “We’ll have no hesitation if the right opportunity comes along that could benefit us and shareholders.”
And while neither company has thus far revealed any details about how, when or if such a deal could potentially take place, Wong did confirm that the two tech-giants had been in touch for recent discussion. Likewise, he didn’t go so far as to directly suggest that a bid for a buyout of the ailing BlackBerry maker could be in the pipeline, but he did highlight the way in which an increase in stock values at the Canadian company was a subject of interest.
In the run-up to the BlackBerry 10 release date festivities scheduled to take place next week, RIM’s share values and overall acclaim in the eyes of critics and consumers alike have reached the kind of highs the company hasn’t seen since 2011. However, some have suggested that the BlackBerry 10 success story will be short lived at best and thus the only way forward for RIM as a whole is to consider an outright sale of its hardware arm at least – something CEO Thorsten Heins this week confirmed was still a possibility.
RIM has so far refused to offer any comment on the matter, though the news saw share prices rise a further 2.25%.