Lenovo Clears Up RIM Acquisition Rumor

In today’s mobile news roundup: Lenovo speaks up regarding RIM acquisition rumors; Nokia enters paid music streaming with Music+; Apple to release a 128GB iPad; and Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 8.0 at MWC.

Lenovo speaks up regarding RIM acquisition

Last week, it was reported that Lenovo is eyeing RIM for an acquisition to boosts its mobile efforts.  Lenovo CFO Wong Waiming said in a statement that the company is looking into partnerships or even acquisitions, but the company has clarified that what was said was taken out of context by Bloomberg, the news source that originally reported the story.

“We are aware that Lenovo’s CFO [Wong] Waiming was speaking broadly about M&A strategy in a recent interview. RIM was raised as a potential target by the journalist and Mr. Wong repeatedly answered in a manner consistent with all of our previous statements on M&A strategy: Lenovo is very focused on growing its business, both organically and through M&A. When inorganic ideas arise, we explore them to see if there is a strategic fit,” Lenovo said in a statement to TheNextWeb.

RIM has also released a statement regarding the rumor stating that, though the focus is on releasing BlackBerry 10 and BB10 devices, the company is exploring all possible opportunities, such as entering a partnership, to ensure the success of its revamped operating system and brand.

Nokia enters paid music streaming with Music+

Nokia announced the arrival of Nokia Music+ a paid music streaming service that features unlimited skipping, unlimited download, higher quality of music, lyrics, and has an accompanying web app so you can listen to songs on your computer even without your phone, all for a monthly fee of $3.99.

If paying almost $4 isn’t your thing, don’t fret, Nokia Mix Radio still has a free option.

Apple to release 128GB iPad

According to 9t05Mac, Apple may soon release a 128GB version of the fourth generation iPad.  The reports come from numerous developers and retail stores that saw new SKUs.  The new version of the iPad 4 with Retina Display will still come in black and white colors, and WiFi and WiFi + Cellular versions.

The P101 code refers to the WiFi version, while P103 refers to the WiFi+cellular.  A refers to the black version and B refers to the white.  To determine the sizes, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB are referred to as GOOD, BETTER, and BEST.  If you’ve noticed, this presumed new iPad description reads ULTIMATE, indicating its premium capacity.

Samsung to launch Galaxy 8.0 at MWC

Mobile World Congress will kick off on February 25, 2013 and Samsung may be one of the brands to shock the world, as the company is rumored to be launching an 8-inch device dubbed as the Galaxy Note 8.0.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 supposedly features a Super Clear 8-inch LCD with 1,280 x 800 pixels, 2GB of RAM, 16- or 32 GB of internal memory, a MicroSD card reader, 5-megapixel camera sensor, 1.3-megapixel front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 connectivity, 4600 mAh battery, and will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.  Its dimensions are at 211.3 x 136.3 x 7.95-mm dimension and weighs 330 grams.  The Note 8.0 will also feature the S Pen.

Images were leaked by French tech site, Fandroid.  One image showed the Galaxy Note 8.0 in comparison with the Note II.  The device resembles the design of the Galaxy SIII.