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 Chipsets Market Share (Q2 2020 – Q3 2021)
Brands Q2
Mediatek 30% 33% 37% 39% 42% 40%
Qualcomm 31% 28% 23% 28% 26% 27%
Apple 12% 12% 22% 15% 14% 15%
UNISOC 4% 4% 4% 7% 9% 10%
Samsung 8% 10% 7% 6% 5% 5%
HiSilicon (Huawei) 14% 13% 7% 5% 3% 2%

Source: Global Smartphone AP-SoC Shipments & Forecast Tracker by Model – Q3 2021


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Global Highlights:

The global smartphone AP (Application Processor)/SoC (System on Chip) chipset shipments grew 6% YoY in Q3 2021. 5G smartphone SoC shipments grew almost two times compared to the same period a year ago. MediaTek leads the smartphone SoC market with share of 40%, driven by a competitive 5G SoC and high demand for the 4G SoC.


  • MediaTek: Dominated the smartphone SoC market with a 40% share in Q3 2021. It gained share in the low-mid segment 5G portfolio. LTE SoC further helped it to strengthen its market position.
  • Qualcomm: Qualcomm grew 9% sequentially due to dual sourcing from foundries. However, it dominated the 5G baseband modem shipments with a 62% share. The refreshed portfolio in the Snapdragon 7, 6 and 4 series will further help to gain share in the Q4 2021.
  • Apple: Apple maintained its third position in the smartphone SoC market in Q2 2021 with a 15% share. With the launch iPhone 13 and festive season share will grow further in Q4 2021. However, negative effect due to component shortages will affecting their festive season sales.
  • UNISOC: UNISOC continued with shipment growth in the third consecutive quarter in Q3 2021. It reached double digit share of 10% in Q3 2021. The company has succeeded in expanding its customer base, securing a series of design wins with major OEMs like HONOR, realme, Motorola, ZTE and Transsion. Further it also won a design win in Samsung Galaxy A series.
  • Samsung Exynos: It slipped to the fifth position with a 5% share as it 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: Affected by the US trade ban, Huawei was unable to manufacture the HiSilicon Kirin chipsets. The accumulated inventory of Kirin SoCs is on the verge of being exhausted. As a result, Huawei is launching latest series with the Qualcomm SoCs but limited to 4G capabilities.

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