That’s all. The American chip maker Qualcomm, apparently, has finally lost its leading position in the global market of processors for mobile devices. From the first place Qualcomm was moved by the Taiwanese company MediaTek. This is evidenced by a new report from the research company Counterpoint Research.
According to Counterpoint Research analysts, in the second quarter of 2021, MediaTek has become the leading manufacturer of mobile processors in the world. The market share of the Taiwanese chipmaker was 38% last quarter. MediaTek owes its leadership to the brand lines Dimensity and Helio. Thus, the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset has become the most popular solution in the segment of processors with support for 5G cellular networks. As for the niche of devices with 4G LTE, the leaders here are Helio P35 and Helio G80, released by the same Taiwanese manufacturer.
As for the American chip maker Qualcomm, it took second place in the reporting three months. Qualcomm now owns 32% of the mobile processor market for smartphones. It must be said here that Qualcomm’s share has increased slightly since the first quarter of 2021, largely due to a decrease in the shares of Huawei HiSilicon, Samsung and Apple.
The top three also includes Apple with its proprietary A Bionic processors. It controls 15% of the global market, which is 2% more than a year ago, but at the same time, 2% less compared to the first quarter of 2021.
If we talk about the South Korean company Samsung, then its share has been steadily declining for the sixth quarter in a row. So, if at the end of the first quarter of 2020 its share was 14%, then in the second quarter of 2021 it decreased by half, to 7%. Interestingly, not so long ago Samsung set itself the goal of becoming the largest chip manufacturer in the global market by 2030 and is now actively investing in semiconductor production. But it looks like Samsung’s plan has fallen short for now.
The fifth largest mobile chip maker last quarter was Unisoc, formerly known as Spreadtrum. Its share has not changed over the year — as before, Unisoc owns 5% of the market. HiSilicon, on the other hand, has shown a drop in share for a quarter in a row, which, however, is not surprising, given the pressure on its parent company Huawei from the US government. According to the results of the second quarter of 2021, the share of HiSilicon was only 3%, whereas a year ago this figure was five times higher.
Returning to MediaTek, I must say that earlier the chipsets of the Taiwanese manufacturer attracted buyers mainly with their low price. The company deliberately went for the maximum cost reduction, while Qualcomm then relied on performance. As a result, MediaTek chips often found a place in budget devices of little-known brands, while Qualcomm processors, on the contrary, were used in top-end models. Recently, however, MediaTek has decided to challenge its US rival in the flagship segment. Now she is preparing for the release of the top-end Dimensity 2000 platform, created using a 4-nanometer technological process using the top-end ARM v9 architecture. According to rumors, in terms of performance and energy efficiency, it will compare with the future flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 chip, and in some respects it will definitely surpass it.