The PC market has been in a bit of a freefall for a few years, showing year-over-year declines that are just now starting to look like they might stabilize. Even so, it’s unlikely that PCs will ever return to their decades of steady growth, as mobile devices continue to become many peoples’ computers of choice.
With that in mind, it looks like Samsung could be once gain pushing to leave the PC market by selling off its manufacturing business. PC behemoth Lenovo is looking like a likely suitor, potentially benefitting from Samsung’s latest Note 7 debacle that could have the South Korean company making a concerted effort to focus on what works for them.
The news comes from South Korean publication The Bell (via Neowin) and indicates a billion dollar deal that would see Lenovo continue to grow as one of the world’s largest PC manufacturers. Given ever-declining PC sales, it make sense that the market will continue to consolidate. Economies of scale and expanded marketing ability will be essential to making any kind of profitability in a market that’s both declining and already operating at razor-thin margins.
We’ll be keeping our eyes on these developments, Microsoft has done a great job of revitalizing the PC market with Windows 10 and the movement toward innovative 2-in-1 devices, but we’ll likely see continued efforts by its OEMs to find more ways to stay competitive and profitable.