Sony Ericsson might be slipping in the mobile phone category as a manufacturer lately, but one can’t say that they haven’t done a pretty good job in making their way to be one of those at the top. Now the business-headed Symbian handsets they’ve been churning out were all fine in themselves, so it was a surprise for most people when they announced a partnership with HTC for the recent (still upcoming) Xperia X1 crescent slider handset.
But how real would a Sony Ericsson and HTC merger sound like to you? I won’t wait for your answer, because that’s what the latest rumor we picked up is pointing to: an HTC buyout courtesy of Sony Ericsson. The proof? A canceled meeting with Palm that’s justified with the words, “we are under the merger.”
Now sure, we should take into consideration the fact that HTC went public as a handset company themselves less than 2 years ago, successfully freeing itself of the shadow of other manufacturers and its early days as an ODM. With that, a sellout to SE would seem to defeat its original purpose, whatever it is.
Rumor has it that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 will be released in September of this year. And perhaps, although I say that it might never happen, SE would go ahead and acquire HTC even before their collaboration hits store shelves. Whatever happens, a merger would surely be a benefit. The question, of course, is what direction the benefit will take. For now, it’s still a rumor, so what can we do?
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