UPDATED: Samsung At the Top of the List to Acquire HP’s PC Division
>By James Lenhart
HP is a large company to say the least, which is why it’s so hard to put your finger on what they might do in the near future. However, whatever they do, don’t expect it to change over night. Companies of this size usually take their time when spinning off a division or selling parts of it.
Choosing to spin off the PC division into it’s own separate entity could be an option since taxes do not apply when transferring shares to current shareholders, but many question who HP has in mind for a buy out.
Financial analyst, Shaw Wu has created a list of companies that he sees as the most likely to offer HP cash for their PC unit. Starting off with Samsung as the number one choice because of their ability to manufacturer large amounts of DRAM memory, and NAND flash storage. He says that Samsung has always dreamed of being a large PC maker, but has not had the same success as HP. Although Samsung has a number of perks going for them it doesn’t rule out the possibility for Lenovo, Dell, Acer, and Sony to place a bid. Given enough time and money we think that HP will eventually give in and sell.
Regardless of what happens with HP’s PC unit we’ve also heard that Samsung could try to bid more cash if HP were to include WebOS into the deal. AllThingsD seems to think that Samsung is looking for alternatives outside of Android and would likely prefer to be in control of their own OS. Samsung has had great success with Android, but it’s always good to be in control of your own product.
Confused about what will happen? Yea, so are we, but we’ll keep you informed. The PC industry is still very much alive and won’t be going away anytime soon. People will argue all day that tablets are the future, and I wouldn’t argue against that. However, tablet users are a breed of people that differ from business users, content creators, and pretty much anyone that requires a keyboard. THE PC WILL LIVE!
UPDATE: The speculation can remain at rest because Samsung is officially claiming no part in wanting to purchase HP’s pc division.