Podcast: Over 50% Smartphones to Have Embedded Hardware Security by 2025

With smartphones becoming ubiquitous, data security has come under the scanner. In particular, robust security is needed to use smartphones for activities like financial transactions and for unlocking our homes and cars. This is where embedded hardware security can help in storing user credentials securely in an environment called secure element (SE).

Around 35% of the smartphones sold globally in H1 2020 had embedded hardware security,  according to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Component Practice. Apple led with 39% market share, followed by Huawei, Qualcomm and Samsung. Currently, the secure element chips are mostly seen in premium smartphones, but we expect them to trickle down to the lower tiers. By 2025, over 50% of smartphones will have embedded hardware security.

Counterpoint Research Secure smartphone share by chipset

In the latest episode of ‘The Counterpoint Podcast’, host Maurice Klaehne is joined by research analyst Parv Sharma to discuss different types of secure elements in smartphones. The discussion also deep-dives into the embedded secure element (eSE), integrated secure element (inSE), and physically unclonable function (PUF).

The comprehensive and in-depth report on “Global Secure Smartphone Sales by Model Tracker” is a part of our security service. The report is available for download here.

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