Like all other sectors, the mobile processor market is going through a period that is not particularly rosy. The inconvenience and "damage" caused by the pandemic are making themselves felt and will probably have even greater repercussions, as is expected for the global smartphone market which closed a second quarter of 2020 with a strong loss.
According to the latest study conducted by Counterpoint, in Q2 the smartphone Application Processor market suffered an equally marked decline and quantified by analysts in a heavy -26%.
At the top of the ranking of mobile processor manufacturers remains Qualcomm which, with a market share of 29%, is not immune to this defaillance, still losing 3% on an annual basis. For its part, the US giant attributes this decline to the current situation of Huawei; the ban of the United States in fact, led the Chinese giant to mainly use HiSilicon solutions, thus impacting on Qualcomm's results.
It's not all black for Counterpoint analysts though. According to the study, in fact, the advent of 5G will lead to an exponential growth of cloud gaming with a consequent increase in demand for mobile devices with good performance and an affordable price. Manufacturers are already working hard in this sense, now offering devices with high refresh displays and GPUs with increasingly high frequencies.
It is estimated that globally the smartphone AP market is expected to move on a growth trajectory between now and 2021, continuing on this path for the next three years. In this context, Samsung instead recorded a global decline of 3% on an annual basis (except in the USA where it grows significantly) while both Mediatek and Apple both earn 2% market share.
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