Well it looks like the first Android smartphone player in the Asian markets has bitten the dust, with news out of South Korea yesterday that NEC will shut down it’s struggling smartphone business.
Of course this comes as no surprise as CNet reported that NEC had been trying to sell its struggling smartphone business to the market without any real potential buyers wishing to snap it up, except for Lenovo which was reported as having interest in purchasing the business, but that talks eventually stalled and then broke down.
NEC’s mobile phone business suffered an operating loss of 9 billion Yen last quarter according to Reuters.
For all those wondering if this includes the tablet business, NEC has stated that the shutdown will not affect the tablet business and that the shutdown only applies to the smartphone business.
So what do you think of NEC decision to shutdown its smartphone business? Are you upset that they are closing? If you have owned an NEC device, tell us your thoughts in the comments below.