By Jordan Crook
Since HP (NYSE:HPQ) made the announcement it would be spinning off its PC business, there have been questions over who would scoop it up. A number of different OEMs fit the bill and have the cash to take on HP’s Personal Systems Group, but one in particular seemed to be looking for an outsourcing partner before HP ever made its announcement.
Digitimes reported that Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) had been in talks with Quanta, Compal and Pegatron to possibly outsource notebook orders, its sources including HP on the list of suitors as well. “The sources added that Samsung’s actions seem like it is already in preparation to take up Hewlett-Packard’s (HP’s) PC business,” wrote Digitimes. But Samsung begs to differ.
Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, but Samsung swears it’s malarkey. On the official Samsung blog, the company made the following statement: “The recent rumors that Samsung Electronics will be taking over Hewlett-Packard Co.’s personal computer business are not true. We hope this clarifies any confusion that may have occurred.”
Well, there you have it folks: A Samsung-HP love affair is not in the cards at the moment. Though it probably wouldn’t be a great fit, anyways. Samsung’s focus seems to be geared toward higher margin products like its $1,699 Series 9 notebook. Shipping 10 million HP notebooks just doesn’t quite fit into that equation.