Unisoc overtakes Samsung in the 2021 fourth-quarter smartphone processor market
MediaTek has held on to its lead in the smartphone processor/SoC market in the final quarter of 2021 (4Q2021). However, it now seems Qualcomm was poised to all but catch up with its Taiwanese rival, with a 30% share of the sector to the #1's 33%.
Qualcomm also did 33% better in the mobile processor market compared to 4Q2020, and 18% better compared to 3Q2021. The company is also projected to do well in 1Q2022, not merely thanks to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 but to sales of its 5G hardware to Android OEMS.
However, it did not quite match Unisoc in terms of meteoric rise, recording an 11% share compared to 4% in 4Q2020. It was found to have doubled its shipments throughout 2021, thereby knocking Samsung and HiSilicon (which saw its share decline to 1% from 7% year on year) off their joint 4th spot from 4Q2020.