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

Global Smartphone AP Market Share: By Quarter 

This data is based on the smartphone AP/SoC shipments
Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding

Global Smartphone Chipset Market Share (Q3 2020 – Q4 2021)
Brands Q3 2020 Q4 2020 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Q3 2021 Q4 2021
Mediatek 33% 37% 39% 42% 40% 33%
Qualcomm 28% 23% 28% 26% 27% 30%
Apple 12% 22% 15% 14% 15% 21%
UNISOC 4% 4% 7% 9% 10% 11%
Samsung 10% 7% 6% 5% 5% 4%
HiSilicon (Huawei) 13% 7% 5% 3% 2% 1%

Source: Global Smartphone AP-SoC Shipments & Forecast Tracker by Model – Q4 2021


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Global Highlights:

  • MediaTek led the smartphone SoC market in Q4 2021 with a 33% share. Shipments declined due to inventory correction as many customers had built inventories due to supply chain constraints.
  • Qualcomm grew 18% sequentially due to the premium segment and dual-sourcing from foundries. It dominated the 5G baseband modem shipments with a 76% share, driven by basebands for Apple and premium Android.
  • Apple maintained its third position in the smartphone SoC market in Q4 2021 with a 21% share. The iPhone 13 launch and festive season drove the shipments.
  • UNISOC continued with shipment growth this year and reached an 11% share in Q4 2021. On an annual basis, its SoC shipments more than doubled in 2021. It has expanded its customer base, securing design wins with HONOR, realme, Motorola, ZTE, Transsion and Samsung.
  • Samsung Exynos slipped to the fifth position with a 4% share as Samsung is in the middle of rejigging its smartphone portfolio strategy of in-sourcing as well as outsourcing to Chinese ODMs. As a result, the share of MediaTek and Qualcomm has been growing across Samsung’s smartphone portfolio, from the mid-range 4G and 5G models manufactured by ODMs to the flagship ones.
  • HiSilicon was unable to manufacture Kirin chipsets due to the US trade ban against Huawei. The accumulated inventory of Kirin SoCs is on the verge of being exhausted. As a result, Huawei is launching its latest series with Qualcomm SoCs but is limited to 4G capabilities.

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