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Qualcomm vs MediaTek vs Unisoc – Indian mobile

At the heart of your smartphone (or tablet, PC, etc.) is a processor that performs the tasks you want, and the more powerful it is, the better your phone will perform. As the price range increases, the amount of power these processors can handle gets better, but what about those who don’t want to spend a lot of money but want a smooth experience from a low-cost smartphone? This is where the competition begins over who can provide the user with a smoother experience, and this space is currently dominated by three companies: Qualcomm, MediaTek and Unisoc. But which of them is the king of budget smartphone SoCs? Let us give you an answer to that.

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Qualcomm has been in the SoC business since 1985, while MediaTek came onto the scene in 1997. Unisoc, formerly known as Spreadtrum, hit the market in 2001. While you might think Qualcomm should be the company taking the lead in the race because Its existence was the longest, which is not true. This is because Qualcomm didn’t start shipping semiconductors until 2007.

As for MediaTek, it began taking orders for more than 500 million mobile system-on-a-chip units annually in 2011, including feature phones and smart devices. By offering comprehensive system engineering assistance, the company has made it easier for many small businesses and new entrants to make their way into the mobile market that was once dominated by large companies.

Four years after entering Qualcomm, MediaTek emerged and the mobile chip market quickly became the main driver of the company’s growth. A March 2021 report revealed that MediaTek first overtook Qualcomm as the world’s largest smartphone chip vendor in 2020, with 351.8 million chips shipped that year. Again, this is not just for the budget segment but for all types of segments.

Unisoc, formerly known as Spreadtrum Communications, is headquartered in China and founded in 2001. As of 2021, it is the world’s fourth largest mobile processor manufacturer, after Mediatek, Qualcomm and Apple, with 9% of the global market share.

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MediaTek vs Qualcomm vs Unisoc: The Number Game

Unisoc’s first foray into low-end chips started in 2012. It has chips like SC9863A in this range, followed by Tiger series chips which are mostly used by brands releasing smartphones in the budget segment.

Fast-forward to 2022, according to research from Counterpoint’s Foundry and AP/SoC, Unisoc has a 3 percent market share. A larger portion of revenue is driven by 4G AP/SoCs, which have grown exponentially over the past years. The share of UNISOC AP/SoC shipments was 11% in the first quarter of 2022.

UNISOC It was able to expand its customer base through design victories with realme, HONOR, Motorola, Samsung, ZTE and TECNO all phones launched with Tiger series chipset from UNISOC.

As for the Media TechIt accounted for 19% of total smartphone AP/SoC revenue and the global smartphone baseband. MediaTek’s AP/SoC and baseband revenue grew 29% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2022. Driven by the rise of 5G ASP and entry to the premium level with the Dimensity 9000 series.

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QualcommOnce again, smartphone and baseband AP/SoC revenue leads with a 44% share. Qualcomm’s revenue grew 56% year over year in the first quarter of 2022, driven by the combination of higher premiums that led to growth in ASP. About a quarter of Qualcomm’s smartphone, AP/SoC, and baseband revenue derives from its sales of separate basebands.

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Again, all of these numbers are based on the total number of shipments and not just on the chips in the budget segment. However, these statistics should give you a general idea of ​​where companies stand in terms of their standing.

If we talk about Launches in the budget sectorOne can note that Snapdragon is not having a strong presence in recent times compared to MediaTek and Unisoc. Most of the budget launches in India, such as Redmi, Tecno, Infinix, Oppo, Motorola, Lava, etc., with MediaTek’s Helio G series chips and Dimensity 700 5G processor, which have been a huge hit for the Taiwanese chipmaker, are out of late.

On the other hand, Realme and Nokia were the main Unisoc customers as Realme’s C-series range of devices, and low-end Nokia smartphones have been equipped with Unisoc Tiger chipsets during this year. In fact, Nokia launched a total of 5 smartphones in India this year until November 2022, of which four are powered by Unisoc processors.

We haven’t seen a lot of budget devices with Qualcomm chips under the hood. Two chipsets were mainly used which are Snapdragon 680, 4G chip, and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, a 5G-enabled chip recently seen on the iQOO Z6 Lite 5G.

This shows how MediaTek has had a strong foothold in the budget smartphone market, with most OEMs turning to it to power their lower-cost devices. While Qualcomm may dominate total revenue market share, MediaTek is at the top and Unisoc is in second place in the budget segment, according to our findings.

MediaTek vs Qualcomm vs Unisoc: User Experience

The user experience is what matters most to all companies that offer products in the consumer market. Whether it’s Qualcomm, MediaTek or Unisoc if a chip of either performs less compared to what they claim to offer, sales of a particular smartphone equipped with that chip is dropping. Hence, the demand for the chip in question is also declining, which affects the reputation of the chip maker.

While Media Tech Having had this kind of reputation in the past due to the poor performance of Helio P and Helio A series chips (which are still experiencing occasional adoption despite being quite old), they regained their share with revamped Helio G series chips and Dimensity processors.

Being a major player in the budget segment, MediaTek has announced Helio G series chipsets in 2020 starting with Helio G25. These chips enable an advanced multi-camera frame, Dual 4G VoLTE, high refresh rate displays, and a host of other camera features, such as Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), high FPS video recording, depth sensor, and more.

Apart from that, the MediaTek Helio G series is designed to deliver the perfect raw power for gaming. Gaming has already been a hot topic in India, and buyers in the budget segment want a device that can handle an adequate amount of games that MediaTek’s G series chips have proven they can deliver. Helio G99, which is the most powerful chip in this series, has received positive feedback from users.

Poco M5, which is the latest launch in India with Helio G99, has a 4.5 star rating out of 5 on Flipkart. Infinix Note 12 Pro, which is equipped with the same SoC, has a rating of 4.2 stars. We do not claim that the rating depends only on the performance of the smartphone, other factors such as brand loyalty, after-sales service and other aspects of the device also play a major role. However, if the device performs poorly, this is the first thing the user notices and complains about.

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Unisoc SoC

coming to UnisocThe experience was a mixed bag. While Unisoc Tiger series chips can handle daily use well for some, they can’t handle heavy tasks at all. When we reviewed the Nokia C21 Plus that comes with the SC9863A SoC, we said that while it’s fully stocked with Android 11 Go Edition, the phone couldn’t function satisfactorily. MediaTek’s Helio G series processors offer much better performance in this range, especially in the Realme Narzo 50A, which costs about the same as the Nokia C21 Plus.

Regardless, earlier this year researchers at Check Point analyzed the firmware of the UNISOC modem and discovered that it was affected by a serious vulnerability that could allow an attacker to launch a remote denial of service (DoS) attack against a device using a proprietary device. made package. It could theoretically allow an attacker to send a corrupted network packet and disrupt or interrupt a device’s network connection. While the issue was fixed by Google’s security patch soon after, cases like this do not instill confidence in the company that makes the chips as there is always a fear that your data will be compromised.

coming to QualcommThe chip maker had a track record, and people had a mindset that their devices should have Qualcomm chips. However, that mindset has faded of late, as has the company’s focus on budget chips. Although they don’t have as large a portfolio as MediaTek lately of budget-range chips the latter continues to expand regularly, Qualcomm still has a good selection of chips that deliver great performance for lower-end hardware.

One of these recent chipsets was the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, a 5G-enabled processor that could perform even under heavy gaming scenarios when we tested it on the iQOO Z6 Lite 5G. The brand also has the new Snapdragon 680, Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, etc., which currently do not have a high adoption rate.

MediaTek vs Qualcomm vs Unisoc: Final Thoughts

Taking into account all the numbers and user reviews, we can say that MediaTek was the king of processors for budget smartphones. This is because the company has a wide range of portfolio and there is basically a slide for everyone. The adoption rate of MediaTek’s Helio G series chips in high-end budget smartphones has been significantly lately and mixed with positive user feedback, MediaTek leads the race in the lower-end chip with higher-quality chips.