Lenovo in talks about taking over Sony’s beleaguered Vaio Windows PC business

“Japan’s Sony Corp and Chinese technology company Lenovo Group are in talks about a possible joint venture to take over Sony’s loss-making Vaio PC business overseas, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday,” Reuters reports.

“The Japanese electronics and media giant called the report inaccurate while acknowledging that it was looking at various possibilities for the unit,” Reuters reports. “‘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,’ the company said in a statement.”

Reuters reports, “Moody’s Investors Service cut Sony’s debt rating to junk status last week, highlighting challenges in its television and PC businesses and pressure on profitability at its entire core consumer electronics operation.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple owns the high-end personal computing market. Only the extremely confused would even consider buying Vaio.


    1. Dude,

      Seriously? What do you think Sony would say? “Ooops, you caught us.” All companies deny acquisition discussion but Sony is bleeding red ink. This is Completely reasonable. Good Job by MDN.

    2. “I’ve learned that the more vehemently a rumor is denied the more often it tends to be true. – Lenonn, leader of the Anla’Shok Babylon 5 In the Beginning.

      It’s true in real life, too.

  1. Sony is loosing business, because Samsung copied them. Although Sony laptops are nice, they cost too much. Apple has sucked all the air at the high end. Samsung and Vimeo sucked all the air out of the low end.

    There’s nothing left for them.

  2. I’ve always liked Sony Vaio’s… As a way to make an Apple laptop purchase look better for someone brainwashed that they have to buy a Windows box. It always helped take away some of the “Mac’s are more expensive” out of the discussion. I’d be sorry to see them go, it’s been a useful product for my purposes. 🙂

    1. That’s just what I was thinking.

      Lenovo is like a hoarder, bringing home every piece of crap they find thinking that one day they will find a use for it.

  3. This isn’t even Apple news. One, hit whore, mention and it ends up here. please MDN don’t post this crap.

    Here’s the Apple mention-
    Last week, Lenovo said it would buy Google Inc’s Motorola Mobility handset unit for $2.91 billion, the fourth-largest U.S. acquisition by a Chinese or Hong Kong company ever, to face off against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc in the smartphone market.

  4. Sony should have pre-installed Ubuntu onto those Vaios. Ubuntu is starting to end up like a good media OS, but for those who don’t have the money for a Mac, and are tired of MS’s BS. Sony should have at least made their own OS, they could have based it on the PS3 software. Those were pretty OK computers too. (Obviously they couldn’t match up to a Mac, but they were pretty good for being Windows machines…)

  5. Don’t see the reason why Lenovo would buy or need Sony PC and laptop business, they own IBM. One of the few things Sony has is the blu ray player tech and patents that would be worth getting hold of, the rest is not worth it

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