Rumor: Samsung Eyes HP's PC Business, Others Do as Well

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Simoney

It would be a shame if they did sell of the PC division in case there was a change in their computers or the high quality of them. I was told this by some very helpful retail sales assisants the other day. Both were proudly wearing name badges.

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d3v

It would be great for Samsung if this deal went through. They already manufacture RAM, HDDs and LCDs so this is right up their alley.

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ShyLinuxGuy

Why would HP get rid of such a good (lucrative) business? HP is the new Dell,  it sells more PCs than Dell, in fact. A lot of people I know have an HP (or Compaq) because they're highly competitive on price and quality (sans slimline PCs--parts are 80% proprietary-- and the slightly older dv laptop series). HP business PCs are similar in quality and durability to IBMs under IBM.

I'm hoping that HP doesn't pull an IBM and ditch their PC division. IBM ditching ThinkPad, ThinkStation, Intellistation---that was stupid, and IBM isn't a stupid company.

I'm looking forward to webOS on PCs, though.

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big_montana

Sorry, but HP quality is not all that great. Is it better then Dell? Certainly, but whose isn't. Also, IBM sold off their pc business to the company they contracted to build them originally, Lenovo. Samsung does not build computers for HP, like Lenovo did for IBM at the time. The Thinkpad quality has not slipped at all, and in fact has gotten better, as well as becoming a profitable company (the main reason IBM sold off their division, as it was bleeding red ink). HP's quality is no where close to that of when IBM was IBM or even Lenovo's today, as Apple and Lenovo are the top two rated companies quality wise. If Samsung were to purchase HP's business, I would rule them out next year when I refresh all of my hardware, as the only two I would give a serious look at would be Lenovo and Dell. Samsung has minimal experience building computers, and the changeover would affect quality (as it did Lenovo their first year) delivery, r&d, and support. Selling to Samsung would be a stupid decision, selling off a profitable division like HP's PC division is would be totally insane. I do not expect this to happen, but if HP does sell, I hope an experienced computer manufacturer like Lenovo is the purchaser, then they can straighten out HP's quality and support issues.

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Silent_Raider

This makes no sense for HP.  You are right in that they are sitting in the same spot Dell sat in during the late 90s when they were offering superior quality and less expensive PCs to overthrow the likes of Gateway.  Dell has become overpriced with ok builds, and HP is the only company really competing with them right now.

They would be left with servers, support, and printers?  Doesn't seem to make too much sense and I hope it's not true.

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big_montana

People focus to much on overall market share. Lenov still owns the enterprise market with a 21.8% share, followed by Dell at 19.2%. Also, in Asia where Acer makes it home, Lenovo is the number one seller. In fact Acer is closing in on HP for the top spot in market share, yet HP and Dell cannot compete with Acer in Asia, but the only company that can is Lenovo. Why? Quality (something that acer, HP and Dell have not been known for ina very long time), price, and unlike other tech companies, Lenovo has no desire to be Apple, it is content to just be Lenovo. For Lenovo, ugly works. For a company that makes its name in the enterprise, delivering the best-looking products on the market isn’t nearly as important as delivering the most functional products on the market.

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someone87

What else (other than servers and support) does HP sell/offer? It seems like this is their bread and butter.

Weird....

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d3v

In my country HP is famous for its printers. Maybe they want to focus on smart phones and tablets instead of full blow computers.

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