Qualcomm leads among mobile processors, and Samsung is fifth even behind MediaTek

Qualcomm shows its whip in the mobile processor market, but it is Samsung who surprises by showing that their Exynos have not worked in recent times.

The battle for mobile processors It is almost like the song of the summer, every year we attend the discussions and we never have a clear verdict, although the truth is that in the last years Qualcomm has made it quite easy for us when choosing which is the best.

In fact, it is that Qualcomm Technologies leads the industry with an iron fist of the system-on-chips for mobile devices, as its Snapdragon family can boast of 31% market share well above the second classified.

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Almost insultingly, Qualcomm continues to dominate the mobile processor market.

Who is this second in disagreement? Well, it is none other than Apple itself, which with its Apple A Bionic chipsets it keeps 23% of Compartir proving that their iPhones and iPad tablets continue to sell at a good rate.

The last step of the podium occupies it an amazing Huawei with its HiSilicon Kirin, which despite Donald Trump's veto remains in third position with 18% share, and that counting with a fall of more than 20% of its sales according to the experts of Strategy Analytics.

The curious thing, however, you will see when completing the 'top5', and is that in fourth position we find the Taiwanese MediaTek with another 18%, leaving the largest mobile manufacturer globally, Samsung, in fifth place with its Exynos with only 9% of Compartir... Interesting, right? So let's analyze the reasons!

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Samsung continues to aim for growth, but its Exynos do not finish starting

While it's true that the next-gen Samsung Exynos 2100 has given South Koreans some credibility back, it's also true that its high-performance chipsets continue to pale in comparison to Qualcomm's options, which are also integrated into certain versions of the Galaxy S21 to allow a direct comparison that does Samsung no good year after year.

Especially bloody was the case of 2020 and the infamous Exynos 990, much more gluttonous and certainly less powerful than the Snapdragon 865, but at an equally high price that has caused virtually all manufacturers have opted for Qualcomm or by chipsets from other companies.

Furthermore, this 9% of Compartir is also explained in this strange strategy of opting for version identical models with Snapdragon and Exynos to launch them in differentiated markets, keeping the numbers from getting close to an Apple which sells all of its devices with its proprietary chipsets.


In any case, Samsung continues to point up with its chipsets, perhaps now pushed by the improvement of criticism harvested by the Exynos 2100, and it is that as they told us from the Korea Herald it seems that already at the end of 2020 the agreement with Vivo began to change the trend initiating an improvement of its figures:

Samsung is very underperforming with the company's customers that limits its growth. In 2020, its relationship with Vivo was successful for some of its 5G smartphones.

Obviously we will have to check how the market breathes and Samsung itself in 2021, but for now we can confirm that the world market for mobile chipsets grew by more than 25%, especially increasing demand for the new 5 and 7 nanometer models.


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Tablets grow back for the first time in years

This Strategy Analytics analysis also reveals another more than interesting detail, and that is that tablets have grown again in 2020 perhaps because of the changes that the pandemic brought us at a global level: teleworking, distance studies, etc. ...

In fact, the year-on-year growth is so commendable that 36% more tablets have been sold in 2020 compared to the previous year, 2019, without surprises in who dominates here.

There is no competition for iPads outside of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S, which They have Android as ballast and they trust their DeX continuity experience, so no one will be surprised by the numbers that we now tell you.

Yes folks, if we talk about chipsets for tablets, Apple is the owner and mistress of the market with a 48% share, followed in this case by Intel with 16% of Compartir and Qualcomm with 14%, enhancing the latter to practically all Android tablets.

MediaTek and Samsung return to repeat positions, fourth and fifth respectively with 8% and 7% market share among the forgotten tablets.

Everything agrees with what you thought too, right? Nothing strange under the sun of mobile processors ...

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