Samsung denies interest in HP’s PC business… kinda

So much for that rumor about Samsung potentially gearing up to buy HP’s PC business. The Korean mega-conglomerate has moved swiftly to quell the speculation, posting the following on its official Samsung Tomorrow blog:

The recent rumors that Samsung Electronics will be taking over Hewlett-Packard Co.’s personal computer business are not true.
We hope this clarifies any confusion that may have occurred.

Now, we could play devil’s advocate and point out that the wording of the repudiation doesn’t rule out some other arrangement. Indeed, Reuters wrote last Friday that, according to anonymous industry sources, HP’s PC wing "may be too big for Asia’s technology companies to swallow whole, but potential suitors are out there should HP decide to break the group into parts."

An analyst quoted by the news agency also named Samsung and Lenovo as the only suitors with deep enough pockets to buy HP’s PC business. If Samsung remains adamant about its disinterest, I wonder if we’ll hear from Lenovo soon.

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    • mutarasector
    • 9 years ago

    I’ll say it again. I’d like to see Asus come into this picture. With the Palm assets, they could step up their smartphone marketplace presence, move more of their own motherboards in PCs, and with Asus’ name as a quality vendor, could benefit from HP’s depth/breadth in distribution channel operations, and likely be viewed favorably by HP’s existing channel partners.

    Asus also has a bit of a better reputation on spit-n-polish of their products, and has been doing something of an Apple-esq reinvention as a CE company for a few years now.

    • RickyTick
    • 9 years ago

    I heard that a likely candidate could be Foxconn since they are already the manufacturer of HP. They may have no interest in getting into the retail pc business, but everything is pretty much in place for them if they’re interested. (Just speculation)

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    lenovo would have to finance AN F TON to buy a competitor much larger than them. not saying it can’t happen, just i doubt it’s likely. Samsung is big enough it could be possible.

      • khands
      • 9 years ago

      I’m betting Lenovo will take a piece of it though if they do break it up.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        I’m sure. pieces will go easily, but getting the whole cake? idk if anyone wants that much.

        • Peldor
        • 9 years ago

        That would go nicely with the recent news that China now buys more PCs than the US.

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