Lenovo eyes up MSI business unit

Lenovo shopfrontReports suggested that Chinese manufacturer Lenovo is interested in buying Taiwanese company MSI’s gaming notebook business.

MSI has officially denied the rumour.

However, according to Taiwanese wire Digitimes, sources making components for both companies believe the story has got legs.

Lenovo has expanded greatly over the last few years, first buying IBM’s notebook unit and last year taking over IBM’s X86 server business too. It’s also bought NEC’s PC business, and German company Medion, as well as Motorola’s Mobility business from Google.

According to Digitimes, MSI is still in negotiations with Lenovo and the deal is not on the rocks.

MSI has had some success in selling gaming norebooks and that’s prompted a number of competitors to take steps to enter the market. There are far better margins in gaming notebooks than in bog standard laptops.