Lenovo signs non-disclosure agreement in advance of BlackBerry bid; what are Lenovo's intentions?

Lenovo signs non-disclosure agreement in advance of BlackBerry bid; what are Lenovo's intentions?
Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, whose executives made off-the-cuff comments earlier this year about taking over BlackBerry, has signed a non-disclosure agreement in advance of a bid that the company is allegedly making for the troubled Canadian OEM. Not that Lenovo will ever get to purchase BlackBerry. Considering that there are some fears about Chinese government involvement in tech companies like ZTE and Huawei, Lenovo could easily be painted with the same brush.

So knowing how difficult it would be to gain the regulatory approval to purchase BlackBerry, why go through the motions if you're Lenovo? For that answer, you have to consider that last decade, the Chinese hacked its way into another Candian company called Nortel. Formerly Northern Telecom, the company  burnt out thanks to the Chinese. John Tkacik, who is retired after working on China intelligence analysis for the State Department, said that Chinese hackers were able to get inside Nortel's computers which allowed Chinese tech firms to under bid Nortel on projects, and that eventually led to Nortel's bankruptcy.

It is thought that perhaps Lenovo's plan is to take down BlackBerry in a similar fashion. Thanks to the signed NDA, under the guise of a possible takeover bid, a Chinese company is getting a look at BlackBerry's books. No need to hack the computers this time. But this doesn't mean that BlackBerry isn't protected. Lenovo's equipment is banned on classified networks in Canada, the U.S., as well as in Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. And The Investment Canada Act allows the Canadian government to nix a foreign company's purchase of a Canadian firm.

Consider that of the 620,000 mobile devices owned by the U.S. Defense Department, 470,000 say BlackBerry on them. Federal and State employees own more than 1,000,000 BlackBerry phones and that includes the President, who at one time was said to be addicted to his BlackBerry handset. It really doesn't seem to make any sense for Lenovo to make a bid for something that it can't buy. But it does make sense if what they have in mind is to get access to BlackBerry's books and some how disrupt the company and bring it down from within.

source: Forbes

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17 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Lenovo is the only OEM smart enough to use intel chips over ARM in their flagships.

2. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

What's wrong with ARM? Intel is better CPU-wise but even the latest Baytrail can't beat the Adreno 330. Their CPUs are also substantially more expensive.

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Intel and AMD are working on killing arm. If you like performance/battery life you will go with an intel phone. If you want a cheap device or powerful graphics it will be AMD or whatever Nvidia puts out. X86 is a powerful platform, it killed everything off in the desktop/laptop market that was a competitor. It is now in consoles and will soon spread to mobile. Nvidia Desktop CPUs are coming in 2015, its only a matter of time before more switch. Arm will only be featured in cheap phones/Chinese phones. Intel is losing $ in the desktop market and they have decided to invade the mobile one.

7. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Do you want the mobile market to be a monopoly as well? ARM will always have the edge in terms of graphics (because Intel;s lazy graphics department can't be stuffed making a good iGPU) and AMD will make its own ARM CPUs. So, ARM is far from dead. It may even possibly take over Intel in the near future.

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Yes but arm can not run x86 applications. Baytrail is inbound, soon I can get a dual core low end windows 8.1 that matches a snapdragon 800 in cpu power x86 tablet for $300 that can run hundreds of thousands of applications that android/IOS can't. Nvidia and AMD are working on separate chips so eventually you will not have to deal with bad graphics. (GPU would be disabled when not required like laptops and use integrated to conserve battery life.).

11. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Mind you my good friend. Intel is already 64Bit ready chips. Arm, still developing 64Bit chips except apple i guess. They still have some work to do but still they are catching up.

10. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

you don't seem to know a lot about CPU architectures "Nvidia Desktop CPUs are coming in 2015" nvidia can't make x86 CPUs, and they never will

4. ijklmnop

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

what? obama using same phone for 4 years?

5. toystore

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Becouse Obama dont pay games and dont use facebook

6. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

This is such a bullsh*t story Alan F. Your hate for BlackBerry is as legendary as PA's love for all things Apple.

9. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

This is the most biased and racist article ever.. So according to the author all Chinese companies are evil and are trying to destroy other companies.. Dumbass, how about all these electronics that get manufactured there in China?

12. jiezel91

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

To be honest, this sounds like a post about conspiracy. The last sentence of the article says it all. I don't think Lenovo is evil so cut the bitching pls.

14. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Who else reports anything Blackberry? There you go Allan F. It's just ridiculous how such a hater be the one reporting about a product he hates. Dude get a life.

15. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

"It is thought that perhaps Lenovo's plan is to take down BlackBerry in a similar fashion." Seems to me that BlackBerry is doing a perfectly fine job of taking themselves down without Lenovo's help.

16. Beijendorf unregistered

Let me get this straight. It's perfectly fine when the US does mass-surveillance of the world via tech-companies, but if China does anything remotely close to gathering intelligence they are the spawn of the devil and must be stopped? Gotcha.

17. x78_nothing

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

haha Alan is well known as BlackBerry hatters ...even if there are some good news, he rather publish the bad ones.

18. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Mass data mining is done by the NSA through Google, Microsoft, Yahoo,....... But that dosent bother the author. But when a company from china wants to buy another company from canada, the author gets scared because they might spy through the blackberry phones which were built when it wasnt under LENOVO. If you are to be scared you should be scared about your govt first because recently they are concentrating on taking your freedom away.

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