Virtually mirroring the outdated Intel and AMD rivalry, Qualcomm and MediaTek have historically been at it for the reason that smartphone market exploded years in the past. MediaTek was thought to be having extra reasonably priced choices, although typically with inferior efficiency. To its credit score, it has been bettering each in efficiency and options and evidently its investments have lastly paid off now that it has wrested the cell chipset market crown from Qualcomm, at the very least in 2020.
MediaTek was already reportedly taking the lead by the third quarter of final yr however a brand new report reveals its general market share by the tip of 2020. MediaTek shipped 113.8 million chips final yr for a complete of 351.8 million items, a 47.8% enhance in comparison with its numbers in 2019. That gave MediaTek 27.2% of the market share final yr, up from 2019’s 17.2% and sufficient to barely take the lead towards Qualcomm’s 25%.
After all, MediaTek’s chipset gross sales largely depend upon who’s shopping for them and the way a lot they’re promoting. Of specific significance was Xiaomi whose gross sales of MediaTek-powered telephones skyrocketed to 223.3% in 2020. Samsung, nevertheless, nonetheless had the most important progress price, promoting 254.5% extra MediaTek-powered gadgets year-over-year.
MediaTek’s progress spurt was additionally helped by Huawei’s issues within the US. With no entry to Qualcomm chips, Huawei and in a while the brand new impartial Honor needed to change en masse to MediaTek as the corporate’s HiSilicon Kirin chips provide began to dwindle. Oppo and Realme additionally proceed to be one in every of MediaTek’s strongest sellers, transport a mixed 83.19 million items final yr.
2021 may inform a totally completely different story, particularly for the reason that hole between MediaTek and Qualcomm isn’t that broad. Omdia, who revealed the figures, nonetheless expends MediaTek to retain its lead, nevertheless, particularly as the marketplace for cheaper smartphones continues to develop.