Hot Rumor: Lenovo May Seek to Acquire BlackBerry

With the new BlackBerry 10 product line scheduled to be unveiled next Wednesday, speculation is mounting that RIM may simply use the momentum of a hot new smartphone line to make a bigger, bolder move than just a new product launch.

Thorsten Heins, chief executive of Research In Motion, said Monday that if the launch goes well, the company may consider strategic alliances, such as licensing its software or even selling off its hardware production.

According to the hottest rumor in mobile at the moment, Lenovo – the world’s second-largest PC vendor – may enter the mobile arena in dramatic fashion in the near future.

Lenovo Group Ltd. is assessing potential acquisition targets and strategic alliances, including a deal with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), as the second-largest producer of personal computers tries to bolster its mobile-device business.

“We are looking at all opportunities — RIM and many others,” Lenovo Chief Financial Officer Wong Wai Ming said yesterday according to Bloomberg. “We’ll have no hesitation if the right opportunity comes along that could benefit us and shareholders.”

Ming, however, wouldn’t confirm whether or not a formal offer to buy RIM will be made at some point soon.

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