The independent analytical company Omdia announced that for the first time in 2020 MediaTek surpassed its main competitor Qualcomm by the number of shipped chipsets. The manufacturer managed to significantly increase its shipments, which was mainly the merit of Chinese smartphone manufacturers.
According to the report, MediaTek shipped 351.8 million chips in 2020, up 47.8 percent from 238 million units in 2019. As a result, the Taiwanese manufacturer’s market share rose from 17.2% to 27.2%. According to analysts, this is the first time ever that MediaTek produced more chips than U.S. Qualcomm at the end of the year.
The largest customer of MediaTek in 2020 was Xiaomi, which shipped 63.7 million smartphones based on chips MediaTek. For comparison, a year earlier the Chinese company released only 19.7 million devices with MediaTek processors. The second largest consumer is OPPO, which has produced in 2020, 55.3 million smartphones with MediaTek chips, and if we take into account the device brand realme, this figure rises to 83.19 million.
It is interesting that among the largest partners MediaTek also includes Samsung. Last year, the South Korean giant shipped 43.3 million gadgets based on the processors of this company, which is as much as 254.5% more than in 2019.
According to Omdia experts, the demand for devices with MediaTek chips is primarily due to their lower price compared to Qualcomm models. Experts expect that this growth will continue in 2021, not least due to orders from HUAWEI and Honor, since Kirin chip production is subject to sanctions.