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MediaTek continues to lead the mobile processor market in the third quarter of 2021

MediaTek is now No. 1 in its market. (Source: MediaTek)
MediaTek is now No. 1 in its market. (Source: MediaTek)
Counterpoint Research's latest report on the smartphone processor market shows that MediaTek has once again taken the lead in the latest complete quarter of 2021 (3Q2021). The three-month period has seen a number of intriguing changes, such as Unisoc taking a 10% share of shipments for the first time. Then again, Apple stayed more or less where it was and Qualcomm continues to lead the 5G baseband sector.

MediaTek took the smartphone SoC crown from Qualcomm in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q2021); now, Counterpoint Research's latest report shows that this was likely not just a flash in the pan. The Taiwanese chip-maker made a 40% gain in terms of shipments compared to 3Q2020, whereas Qualcomm had a decline of 1%.

Then again, the US company is still the market leader when it comes to 5G baseband sales, whereas MediaTek has derived its most recent success from both 4G/LTE- and 5G-capable chipsets. Meanwhile, Apple's shipments rose from 12% in 3Q2020 to 15% in 3Q2021 to remain #3 in the market overall.

Meanwhile, Unisoc made an impressive 6% year-on-year (YoY) gain to a 10% share and a #4 place in the market overall. However, it was not all rosy for every OEM in the market. Samsung's share dropped by 5% YoY to 5%, serendipitously, leaving it fifth in the market. However, Huawei's HiSilicon may have had the worst among top-10 individual brands, posting a YoY loss of 11% to post a share of 2% in 3Q2021.

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MediaTek has sold the most mobile SoCs in 3Q2021...
MediaTek has sold the most mobile SoCs in 3Q2021...
...although Qualcomm still leads the 5G baseband sector. (Source: Counterpoint Research)
...although Qualcomm still leads the 5G baseband sector. (Source: Counterpoint Research)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-12-17 (Update: 2021-12-17)