Word on the Web is that Hewlett-Packard is seriously considering selling off its PC business, with Samsung emerging as a frontrunner to swoop in and take the reigns. Other reported suitors include Lenovo and Foxconn (otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, makers of Apple's iPhone and lots of other devices), but no one has been as aggressive as Samsung. Could a sale be imminent?
The takeover talk comes from a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, DigiTimes says. We haven't read the report ourselves, but according to DigiTimes, the report states Samsung will likely offer a higher price than its competitors. However, this isn't the first time takeover talk has swirled Taiwan's IT market.
According to DigiTimes' sources rooted in the upstream component industry, such rumors have been floating around since the fourth quarter of 2010. For whatever reason -- which no one seems privy to -- nothing every happened and there was never any followup talk, until now.
Should HP ultimately decide to sell off its PC business, the timing would be puzzling at best. HP recently stated it plans to implement its webOS platform into all shipping PCs next year in order to attract more developers to kick out apps for webOS, and selling off its PC business would certainly contradict those plans.