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Unisoc overtakes Samsung in the 2021 fourth-quarter smartphone processor market

Unisoc is on the rise in the mobile SoC market. (Source: Unisoc)
Unisoc is on the rise in the mobile SoC market. (Source: Unisoc)
The smartphone chipset market has ended 2021 with MediaTek still in the top spot, according to the latest Counterpoint Research report. However, Qualcomm experienced a resurgence to a narrow second place, followed by Apple - and Unisoc, who overtook Samsung into fourth place compared to the last quarter of 2020.

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.

The once-obscure OEM has secured agreements to supply SoCs to a range of companies this year, one of which now features in a new Samsung tablet.

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Qualcomm remains 2nd in the mobile SoC market, but stays ahead in the 5G baseband sector. (Source: Counterpoint Research)
Qualcomm remains 2nd in the mobile SoC market, but stays ahead in the 5G baseband sector. (Source: Counterpoint Research)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-02-26 (Update: 2022-02-26)