Samsung says it has plans to send Exynos chips to Xiaomi, Oppo
Samsung is set to supply its Exynos smartphone processor to Chinese smartphone makers Oppo and Xiaomi in 2021, according to a report. The South Korean company is said to deliver its Exynos chips for some inexpensive smartphones from Chinese companies starting in the first half of next year. With the new move, Samsung could make it harder for Qualcomm to compete, which offers its Snapdragon system on chips (SoC) to various manufacturers in China and around the world. However, the San Diego-based chipmaker is facing pressure from MediaTek, which also supplies its in-house mobile processors to various companies globally and ranks second in the race.
The System LSI business unit of Samsung plans to supply Exynos chips to companies including Oppo, vivo and Xiaomi, according to a report by the South Korean news site BusinessKorea. The company will reportedly start with the entry-level models initially, although it may offer its third-party premium smartphone SoCs after gaining some recognition in the market.
Samsung is said to have reduced the intrinsic supply of its Exynos SoC due to lower profit margin. Still offers Exynos 990 on their premium phones in India. However, the company decided not to use the high-end chipset for its Galaxy S20 models hitting the Korean market and Qualcomm’s favorites Snapdragon 865 instead.
Having said that, Samsung previously supplied Exynos 880 and Exynos 980 Chips a Live for their phones. The company is also working on launching the Exynos 1080 SoC next week which is said to be part of the next vivo X60. However, it is also speculated that the chip will power Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72, although he is not likely to debut in the Galaxy S21 Serie.
According to the data provided by market research firm Counterpoint Research, Qualcomm led the mobile processor market in the second quarter, with a 29 percent market share. However, the share fell three percent compared to last year. MediaTek, on the other hand, came in second place with a participation of 26 percent. However, Samsung faced a tough fight with Huawei and came in fourth place with a 13 percent share.
MediaTek and Samsung are likely to gain some traction, due to ongoing restrictions on Huawei, which also offers its HiSilicon Kirin chips. The Chinese company had a 16 percent share in the second quarter and ranked third, according to Counterpoint