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A few days ago, the November China Smartphone SoC Research Report released by CINNO Research showed that MediaTek once again surpassed Qualcomm and ranks first. As Huawei HiSilicon’s chips are fading, the Chinese mobile phone SoC market has evolved into a battle between MediaTek and Qualcomm. Apple’s A-series chips rely on the strong momentum of the iPhone 13. However, even the strong sales of the iPhone 13 series can not give this chip a position above third place.


According to monthly data from CINNO Research, in terms of mobile phone SoC in November, MediaTek once again surpassed Qualcomm, ranking first in November with 8.6 million smartphone chip sales. Qualcomm follows closely with 8.4 million sales in the same month. However, we can see that Qualcomm keeps narrowing the sales gap.

Nevertheless, MediaTek will probably put a strong performance with its multiple chips this year. The Redmi Note 11 series comes with Dimensity 920 and Dimensity 820 chips, focusing on the mid-range market. This series is the main driver for the MediaTek Dimensity series chips. Currently, MediaTek Dimensity chip manufacturers are Redmi, Oppo, Vivo, Realme, Huawei, ZTE, etc. The products are mainly positioned at the entry and mid-range end, which is also the main force for sales in November.

Huawei HiSilicon still makes the list

In addition, the sales of Apple’s A-series chips are still increasing, ranking third. However, the rapid increase in the past one or two months is now slowing down. Huawei HiSilicon and UNISOC rank fourth and fifth with sales of 1.1 million and 800,000 units respectively. The market share of HiSilicon chips was the same month-on-month, but the year-on-year decline was still huge. CINNO Research analysts said: HiSilicon’s inventory is still unable to predict when it will bottom out, and it still adopts a series of inventory control methods.

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CINNO Research predicts that MediaTek will be the largest processor manufacturer in China’s smartphone SoC market in 2021. The market share is expected to increase to 36%, and Qualcomm is expected to increase to 35%. In China’s 5G smartphone market, Qualcomm is the largest processor manufacturer. The market share is expected to increase to 37%, and the MediaTek market share is expected to increase to 34%.

In the coming months, there will be significant differences in the outlook of the chip market. The new Snapdragon 8 Gen1 will be a driving force for Qualcomm. However, unlike previous years, MediaTek has the Dimensity 9000 which almost matches the performance of the Snapdragon 8 Gen1. The first smartphones with Dimensity 9000 will be official next month.

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