Report: Lenovo eyes acquisition of MSI's gaming laptop division

— 4:38 PM on May 15, 2015

Lenovo could have its eye on MSI's gaming laptop division. If a new report by Digitimes is correct, the PC giant is in talks to acquire the dragon army's mobile gaming business in an effort to bolster its own position in a burgeoning market. Digitimes says MSI denied that talks were underway, but unnamed sources within the company's supply chain told the publication negotiations were ongoing.

Though the PC market as a whole may be on the rocks, gaming-specific hardware is an appealing segment, which might explain Lenovo's motives. We've seen reports that suggest gaming hardware sales will continue to expand, and potentially revolutionary new hardware like the Oculus Rift may drive future demand. The VR headset needs pretty powerful hardware to run well.

It wouldn't be the first time that Lenovo has grown through acquisitions: the company bought IBM's PC division all the way back in 2004, and it gobbled up Big Blue's server business last year, so an entry into the gaming notebook market this way isn't too far-fetched.

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