Collateral damage: MediaTek dethrones Qualcomm in world’s largest smartphone market

Smartphone System-on-Chip (SoC) shipments fell 20.8 percent to 307 million units in China last year, according to CINNO Research (via ). Qualcomm suffered heavily as it saw a year-on-year decline of 48.1 percent. As a result, its market share dropped to 25.4 percent from 37.9 percent in the year prior. 

It is believed that U.S. sanctions on Huawei are hurting Qualcomm. The Chinese giant previously used to equip some of its devices with Qualcomm’s chips. When the US began its crackdown, Huawei intensified its focus on its chipmaking arm HiSilicon and this made …

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