Global Smartphone Application Processor (AP) Market Share: By Quarter

Global Smartphone AP Market Share: By Quarter 

Chipset Company (%) 2020 Q1 2020 Q2 2020 Q3 2020 Q4
MediaTek 24% 25% 31% 32%
Qualcomm 31% 28% 29% 28%
Apple 14% 13% 12% 19%
Samsung 14% 13% 12% 10%
HiSilicon (Huawei) 12% 16% 12% 7%
Unisoc (Spreadtrum) 5% 5% 4% 4%

Source: Counterpoint Handset Model-Level Chipset Tracker: 2019 Q1 – 2020 Q4


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Global Highlights:

  • MediaTek became the biggest smartphone chipset vendor with a 32% market share in Q4 2020.
  • Apple was the biggest 5G OEM with iPhone 12 series in Q4 2020. Apple used the Qualcomm basebands in the iPhone 12 series.
  • Qualcomm was the leader in the 5G baseband market. It captured 66% of the 5G baseband market share in Q4 2020.
  • MediaTek’s strong market share gain 2020 happened due to three reasons – strong performance in the mid-end smartphone price segment ($100-$250) and emerging markets like LATAM and MEA, the US ban on Huawei, and finally wins in leading OEMs like Samsung, Xiaomi, and Honor.

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