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Nikkei: NEC to halt smartphone business after Lenovo deal falls through

Nikkei: NEC to halt smartphone business after Lenovo deal falls through
Nicole Lee
Nicole Lee|@nicole|July 16, 2013 4:17 PM

Barely a month after NEC introduced the Terrain (seen above), its first phone in the US in eight years, and it looks like the company is about to give up its smartphone business for good. According to Japan's Nikkei, NEC has been trying to sell its loss-leading mobile division to Lenovo since late last year, especially since the two already have an existing PC partnership. However, it looks like that deal has fallen through and the sale is no longer in the cards. The Nikkei reports that NEC hopes to focus on just its feature phone lineup for now, and to sell off a few mobile-related patents in the process.

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Nikkei: NEC to halt smartphone business after Lenovo deal falls through