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Surpassing Intel, Samsung becomes world’s largest chipmaker in 2Q21

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Recently, Samsung regained first place in chip sales in the second half of the year, surpassing Intel its first for almost three years, after a strong sale of memory semiconductors.

According to the McClean report a market researcher IC Insights, that the South Korean tech giant entered $20.29 billion in chip sales in the April-June period, up 19 percent from the previous quarter.

Driven by rising demand and rising prices for DRAM and flash memory, Samsung, the world’s largest memory supplier, saw that its total semiconductor sales increased by 19% from 2Q21 to $ 20.3 billion, surpassing Intel and becoming is the first major semiconductor supplier in the world in 2Q21.

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Samsung was previously ranked as the top semiconductor supplier through most of 2017 and 2018 when the memory market saw its final rotation change. Also, the company last enjoyed a three-month sale of more than $ 20.0 billion in 2018 at the height of the previous record.

Demand for ICs is expected to continue this quarter with Samsung’s semiconductor sales expected to rise another 10% to $22.3 billion in 3Q21, further increasing its lead over Intel.

Another ascent to the 2Q level was Nvidia and MediaTek. Nvidia’s 14% increase in the second quarter came in the form of the continued growth of the company’s critical data center and game segments.

Meantime, the sales at Intel, TSMC, and Qualcomm grew by an astonishing 3% at 2Q21, while Broadcom sales increased by only 1%. Intel’s semiconductor sales were $19.3 billion at 2Q21, much larger than most but its 3% growth rate was much lower than its other main competitors. Of the top 10, six firms had headquarters in the United States, followed by two in South Korea and Taiwan.

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Samsung leads Q3 smartphone market, Huawei’s entry haunts Apple

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Samsung ranked first in market share in the global smartphone market in Q3, 2023. TrendForce report says that Samsung led the global Q3 smartphone market, recording a market share of 19.5%.

Overall production in the third quarter increased by 11.5% compared to the previous quarter to 60.1 million units. During the same period, Apple’s production increased by 17.9% to 49.5 million, thanks to iPhone 15.

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Third place was taken by Xiaomi (13.9%), followed by Oppo (12.6%) and Transion (8.6%). 6th place is Vivo (8%). Meanwhile, global smartphone production reached 308 million units, a 13% increase compared to the previous quarter and a 6.4% increase from the previous year.

Huawei’s re-entry into the flagship smartphone market targeting Apple has had a significant impact in China. Huawei is aiming to expand its high-end flagship series, focusing on the Chinese domestic market next year, so Apple “We plan to attack directly”.

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Underdog phone brand jumped 50%, Samsung and Apple lost ground

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In Q3 2023, Samsung and Apple’s market share slightly declined, while an underdog Chinese phone brand appeared on the top 5 chart. In a recent development, Canalys published market research data for the third quarter, revealing Tanssion as the fifth best-seller globally.

According to the info, Samsung and Apple lead total sales with 20% and 17% market share, yet both have fallen from their 22% and 18% levels in 2022. However, Tanssion, the maker of Tecno, Itel, and Infinix phones, climbed from 6% global market share last year to 9% in 2023, a 50% jump.

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Apart from this, Xiaomi matched last year’s share only by “recovering” from a terrible first half of 2023. At the same time, OPPO has fallen steadily over the past two years, while fellow BBK brand vivo lost the top-5 slot it’s owned for years.

Overall, the global smartphone market underwent a slight drop of 1% in Q3 2023. Bolstered by regional recoveries and new product upgrade demand, the smartphone market recorded a double-digit sequential growth in Q3, ahead of the sales seasons.

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Samsung enjoyed 2023’s last victory over Apple?

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Recently, research agency Counterpoint Research published their latest analysis. The report reveals that Samsung continued its leadership in the third quarter of 2023, while Apple remained in the second spot. However, both OEMs faced a decline of 1 percent year over year.

According to CR, slower consumer demand is the main factor in the dwindling sales. The market did see a slight 2 percent growth in Q3 compared to Q2, likely driven by last month’s iPhone 15 series launch. Samsung secured 20 percent market share, while Apple grabbed 16 percent sales.

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The Galaxy A-series was the key driver for the South Korean smartphone maker. Apple came in second with 16 percent of the market while Xiaomi rounded out the top three with its 12 percent share. Oppo (10 percent) and vivo (8 percent) were the remaining brands in the top five charts.

The newly released iPhone 15 series will help Apple score a lead over Samsung in the fourth quarter of the year. The results will arrive by early next year, and it’s expected that the US phone maker could surpass Samsung. Major camera upgrades and USB-C helped Apple register strong sales.

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