08/13/2013 01:44 EDT | Updated 02/17/2014 09:59 EST

BlackBerry For Sale: 5 Companies And Investors Who May Want To Buy

Beleaguered BlackBerry is exploring the possibility of putting itself up for sale, but who could snap it up? And who would want to?

After the Canadian tech company announced it would explore “strategic alternatives” on Monday, several potential buyers sprang to analysts' minds.

Some suggested tech competitors like Microsoft or Samsung, while others eyed Fairfax Financial head Prem Watsa, who stepped down from BlackBerry’s board Monday to avoid “potential conflicts of interest.”

Chinese companies might want to throw their hats in the ring, although the Harper government's reaction to a foreign takeover of this kind could prove problematic.

If a sale isn’t in the cards, other options are on the table, BlackBerry said, including “possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances.”

Check out who might be interested in BlackBerry in the slideshow below.

Who Could Buy BlackBerry?