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MediaTek tops the global chip market in Q2, 2021, Huawei’s HiSilicon ranked sixth: Counterpoint



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The market research firm Counterpoint has recently released a new report on the smartphone processor market for the second quarter of 2021. As per the data, MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Apple secured the top three spots in the global market.

MediaTek topped the market with the highest market share of 38%. Thanks to its Dimensity 700 series, which dominated the 5G market, while the Helio P35 and G80 were popular in the LTE field. As per the info, Huawei’s HiSilicon could only receive 3% of the market share and ranked at sixth.

The US firm, Qualcomm has gained a 32% share ranking second among all the top vendors. Mainly, the high-end and mid-range SoC have helped the company to gain enough market share in the Q2 of 2021. The high-end processors of Qualcomm including the 800 series are very popular and used by big OEMs such as Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and more.

Moving on, the Cupertino-based tech giant was ranked at number three with its highest sale of iPhone 12. While the fourth and fifth spots were captured by Samsung and Unisoc. Followed by Huawei’s HiSilicon at sixth position with just 3% of the overall market share.

The processor market has been facing a chip shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several OEMs have been affected and are forced to postpone their upcoming gadgets for a while. Huawei’s P50 series has been introduced in the second half of the year, which was supposed to come in the second quarter. While the Huawei Mate 50 may be shifted to the first half of 2022.

Meanwhile, Apple which is barely affected by the chip shortage will launch its next-generation iPhone 13 devices soon. These new iPhones will further increase its processor share.

Counterpoint research highlights:

  • MediaTek Dimensity 700 series dominate the 5G, while Helio P35 and G80 are very popular in the LTE field reaching 38% in 2021 Q2.
  • Qualcomm received a 32% share from its mid-to-high-end SoCs.
  • Apple maintained its growth momentum in iPhone 12 sales and ranked third.
  • Ziguang Zhanrui performed well in the first half of the year and got the favor of company’s such as Honor and Realme in the LTE market.

Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.