Lenovo exec open to some kind of deal with RIM

The stock price for Research in Motion has skyrocketed the past few weeks, including this week as its CEO Thorsten Heins gave hints that RIM might be open to deals such as selling off its hardware division or licensing its BlackBerry OS to third parties.

Now an executive for Lenovo has said the company has been trying to make some kind of deal with RIM. Bloomberg reports that Lenovo's Chief Financial Officer Wong Wai said in an interview today, "We are looking at all opportunities -- RIM and many others...We’ll have no hesitation if the right opportunity comes along that could benefit us and shareholders."

In RIM's specific case, Wai indicated that Lenovo has spoken to the Blackberry maker in the past for potential agreements or strategic ventures. However, he stopped short of saying if Lenovo might made a formal bid to buy some or all of RIM. A spokesperson for RIM would not comment on Wai's remarks.

This news comes just a few days before RIM is set to officially announce its launch plans for both its BlackBerry 10 smartphones and operating system. The company will hold multiple press events around the world on January 30 where it is expected that the company will announce a touchscreen smartphone and a QWERTY device for launch later in 2013.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Lenovo

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