MediaTek will reign supreme in the mobile chip market in 2021, Qualcomm and Samsung to continue trailing
When people think Android phones, most of us also think of Qualcomm chipsets probably because Qualcomm’s flagship SoCs dominate the headlines as they feature in many of the leading handsets on the market every year. However, MediaTek is increasingly becoming a serious force in the mobile SoC space as its chipsets are popular in mid-range and entry-level products that ship in much greater volumes. It’s new Dimensity series of chipsets have also impressed with near flagship levels of performance, a new segment for the company in which it has obvious ambitions.
Unsurprisingly, then, this has also been reflected in new chipset market research that has been undertaken by Counterpoint Research. After shipping more chipsets than Qualcomm in 2020, Counterpoint is expecting MediaTek to lead the market again in 2021 and extending its market share in the process from 32 percent to 37 percent. It expects Qualcomm to finish 2021 with a 31 percent share followed by Apple’s A-series chips holding a 16 percent share, and Samsung’s Exynos chips coming in third place with an 8 percent share.
The picture is somewhat different when it comes to 5G-capable chipsets which are still found predominantly in higher end devices. Here, Qualcomm will hold on to its lead with a 30 percent share followed by Apple with a 29 percent share, which follows the introduction of Apple’s iPhone 12 series late last year. MediaTek, however, is still very much in the game with a forecast 28 percent share of the market. Samsung’s chipsets will hold down third place with a 10 percent share in what is developing into an increasingly competitive market.