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HUAWEI beats Google in number of mobile processor sales in Q1 2024

The Chinese company is coming back into the competition.
Pura 70 Series pre-order details in PH
Pura 70 Series pre-order details in PH

HUAWEI ships over 8 million chips

Citing data from Canalys, Gizchina reported that HUAWEI’s HiSilicon made a significant comeback in the smartphone SoC market after being slapped with US sanctions. The Chinese tech giant reintroduced its Kirin chips with the Mate 60 line. This led to the sales of over 8 million chips in the first quarter of 2024.

Furthermore, the launch of Pura 70 which features the latest Kirin chip boosted performance.

HiSilicon's chips might not be as advanced compared to its competitors. Despite this, HUAWEI seems to be enjoying a strong market reception, particularly within China, it added.

Despite the hurdle, HUAWEI recorded higher shipments compared to Google, which only sold 2 million chips in the same period.

Major players remain to be Apple, Qualcomm, and MediaTek, with their shipped units 49 million (down 16 percent), 75 million (up 11 percent), and 114 million (up 17 percent), respectively.

Samsung logged 18 million shipments, down 18 percent compared to the same period last year.

However, the company managed to increase its margins significantly, achieving a revenue of USD 9 billion, representing a remarkable 33 percent growth year-over-year. This indicates Samsung's ability to command higher prices for its processors despite the lower volume, the report read.

Gizchina also noted the emergence of Chinese players like UNISOC. Similar to MediaTek, Unisoc focuses on high-volume, low-cost processors.

Unisoc sales grew 64 percent in Q1, reaching 26 million.

While Apple maintains its lead in revenue, its declining volume suggests potential vulnerability. MediaTek dominates in terms of unit shipments but struggles with lower margins. Qualcomm finds itself in a relatively stable position, Gizchina said.

The strategic comeback of HUAWEI and the growth of Unisoc highlight the increasing competitiveness of the Chinese market. It remains to be seen how these trends will evolve in the coming quarters. Additionally, the impact of ongoing technological advancements and potential geopolitical shifts will be crucial factors to consider in the future of the mobile SoC landscape, it added.

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