A study conducted by Counterpoint Technology Market Research suggests that Qualcomm will be able to significantly increase its share of the market for processors for top-level smartphones this year.
We are talking about devices that use high-end chips. These are, in particular, the products of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Series, Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 900 Series and Samsung Exynos 9 Series. The cost of smartphones on these platforms usually exceeds $ 400.
At the end of 2019, Qualcomm’s share in this segment of mobile processors amounted to about 37%. HiSilicon occupied another 30%, Samsung approximately 23%.
This year, according to forecasts, the share of Qualcomm will rise to 41%. At the same time, HiSilicon will be able to count only on 23% of the industry, and Samsung – on 20%.
The sharp weakening of HiSilicon is due to sanctions against Huawei by the United States. The fact is that American sanctions against Huawei, which entered into force in mid-May, deprive its HiSilicon division of the ability to produce its own processors on the TSMC pipeline. Deliveries on already signed contracts will continue until mid-September.
Against this background, the demand for mobile chips from developers such as Unisoc and MediaTek is expected to increase. The latter is actively promoting 5G solutions for productive smartphones.
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