Over the weekend, Japanese broadcaster NHK did report that Sony happened to be talking to Lenovo concerning a strategic partnership which might eventually see Lenovo own the international PC business of Sony’s – where the Vaio name would be the most identifiable one here. Of course, just like how the saying goes, “there is no smoke without fire”, this particular report was hot on the heels of Sony’s recent sharing that their PC division will in all probability report a loss where the existing fiscal year is concerned. Sony has denied that they are discussing on a joint venture with Lenovo, but has yet to close the door completely to potential suitors since they mentioned, “Sony continues to address various options for the PC business, but the press report on a possible PC business alliance between Sony and Lenovo is inaccurate.”
Reuters claimed that Sony will still “revise its product and manufacturing strategy for the Vaio unit”, which would be seen as a response to changes in the industry that has seen traditional PC sales drop since consumer electronics users are taking the step to move towards a more mobile future, with smartphones and tablets spearheading the charge. Lenovo has just acquired Motorola Mobility from Google, and believe that the business is going to be profitable in the long run.
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