Sony in Talks to Sell Off PC Business to Investment Firm
February 5, 2014 9:23 AM
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Sony says report of Lenovo involvement is innaccurate
Sales of traditional PCs are definitely slowing
, and there are a number of reasons cited for the downturn. Some place the blame on Microsoft for its
poorly received Windows 8.x operating system
. Others, however, point to the
rise of tablets
and our reliance of smartphones for the movement away from PCs.
Sony is one of the PC manufacturers currently suffering in the soft PC market, and is getting dominated by
fast-moving competitors like Lenovo
. Now, reports are indicating that Sony is looking to offload its poorly performing PC unit to investment firm Japan Industrial Partners for about $490 million.
The investment firm that is in talks to buy the PC arm of Sony will reportedly establish a new brand and Sony will own a small stake in that brand. The selloff of the PC operations would reportedly result in a net loss for Sony for the first time in two years for the year ending March 31.
Lenovo is also reportedly in talks about a joint venture that would take over Sony's business overseas. Sony has said the report by NHK having to do with Lenovo was inaccurate, but said it was looking into “various options” for its PC division.
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2/5/2014 7:54:53 PM
For $490 million Microsoft should scoop it up to directly enter the consumer desktop and laptop market. Vaio as a PC brand still carries a decent amount of consumer recognition.
I hope not.
2/5/2014 11:55:12 AM
I really hope Lenovo wouldn't be dumb enough to put it's name beside Sony when it comes to PCs. From what I remember and what I've dealt with, Sony is the opposite of Lenovo when it comes to PCs/laptops. Repair is almost not an option with Sony. Maybe things have changed, but trying to install an OS without the completely bloated factory image was almost impossible. Finding drivers was terrible. Even worse if you were upgrading to a completely different OS. Absolutely NO support. Maybe things have changed, but with Sony, I doubt it...
Who is behind the wheel at Sony?
2/6/2014 2:53:42 AM
Sony used to be THE go-to brand-name back in the 80's. From the Walkman, Discman, Sony TV's, and in the 90's Sony PC's...Sony was a fantastic brand.
Then the 2000's happened. It's like Sony became myopic about the Playstation and achieving Blu-Ray victory, and everything else didn't matter. Now they've got TV's nobody really cares about, PC's nobody wants, and Sony abandoned portable music altogether (no Sansa, iPod, Zune, etc). And perhaps worst of all, their beloved Playstation has so very little to differentiate itself from its #1 competitor.
Sony will soon become the Mitsubishi Automotive of the tech world. If someone doesn't correct the course, Sony will eventually become another RIM.
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