Global Smartphone Application Processor (AP) Shipments Market Share: Q2 2021 to Q3 2022

Published Date: December 15, 2022

A repository of quarterly data for the global smartphone AP market based on smartphone AP/SoC shipment numbers.

This data is based on the smartphone AP/SoC shipments

Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding

Global Smartphone Chipset Market Share (Q2 2021 – Q3 2022)
Brands Q2 2021 Q3 2021 Q4 2021 Q1 2022 Q2 2022 Q3 2022
Mediatek 42% 40% 35% 36% 38% 35%
Qualcomm 26% 27% 29% 33% 29% 31%
Apple 14% 15% 20% 14% 13% 16%
UNISOC 9% 10% 11% 11% 11% 10%
Samsung 5% 5% 4% 5% 8% 7%
HiSilicon (Huawei) 3% 2% 1% 1% 0% 0%

Source: Global Smartphone AP-SoC Shipments & Forecast Tracker by Model – Q3 2022

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Global Highlights:

  • Apple: Apple chipset shipments will increase in Q4 2022 due to the launch of the new iPhone 14 pro and its variants with A16 bionic. The Pro models are doing better and there are some issues with manufacturing being affected in China due to the COVID resurgence.
  • MediaTek: MediaTek shipments will decline in Q4 2022 due to order cuts from major Chinese OEMs. Due to ongoing customer inventory adjustments, global macroeconomic conditions, the weak China market. LTE SoCs will decline more than 5G SOCs in Q4 2022. Dimensity 9200 in the premium segment will add to shipment in the premium tier. Vivo (X90 series) and Oppo (Find Series) are launching with Dimensity 9200 in Q1 2023. The ramp-up for Q4 2022 is weak. H1 2023 will also remain slow.
  • Qualcomm: Qualcomm shipments will decline in Q4 2022, mainly due to global macroeconomic conditions, the slowdown in consumer product purchases, and weak demand from Chinese OEMs. Inventory correction has also affected the premium segment. Also, the recently announced partnership between Qualcomm and Samsung for the galaxy s23 family will support the shipments for the premium tier. Snapdragon will have a 100% share of the Samsung Galaxy S23. The gain in Samsung will still not offset the revenues in Q1 2023. 1H 23 will continue to be weak due to higher inventory and a weak China market. H2 2023 will see growth in the market.
  • Samsung: Samsung shipments will decline in Q3 2022 due to the loss in share to Qualcomm in the Galaxy s22 series. Samsung has launched the Galaxy M33, A33, and A53 with Exynos 1280 SoCs in the mid-high segment. Also, no new refresh in Exynos will impact the market share of Samsung in the coming quarters. Some volumes from low-end 4G Exynos 850 with Vivo as well. But Q4 2022 will be weak also 2023 will be affected by a lack of premium refresh. We expect some revamp in the mid-end portfolio in H2 2023.
  • Hisilicon: Based on our checks and sell-thru data, Huawei has finished the inventory for the Hisilcon chipsets. It is also not possible for the brand to obtain newer chipsets from TSMC, Samsung, etc. because of the trade ban.
  • UNISOC: UNISOC shipments will also decline in Q4 2022 due to weak demand for low and entry-level smartphones and the slow China market. UNISOC continues to gain share in the low bands (<$99) driven by the LTE portfolio. With realme, HONOR, Motorola, and Samsung launching phones with its Tiger series SoC, UNISOC has expanded its customer base with design wins at ZTE and TECNO and entry into the Samsung Galaxy A series. Inventory is high in the low-end LTE and will correct by H2 2023.

For a more detailed smartphone AP-SoC shipments & forecast tracker, click below:

Global Smartphone AP-SOC Shipment Tracker       

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