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MediaTek Chipset Shipments Fall to Only 100 Million in First Quarter

by Martin 7

2017 is looking to be a rough year for Taiwanese chipset maker MediaTek as reports from Taiwanese media have revealed that the company’s chipset shipments for the first quarter of 2017 fell to only 100 million with only a slight rebound in the second quarter at 110-120 million shipments.

Helio X30

While 100 million initially seems like a large number, for comparison, the company shipped over 480 million chipsets in 2016, a number the company will have a hard time to top or even match this year.

The major reason for the drop in the company’s shipments is the shift of many of its China-based customers to rival chipset manufacturer Qualcomm. These companies include Meizu, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, who have all shifted a portion of their orders from MediaTek to Qualcomm.

China was one of the biggest sources of orders for MediaTek and the loss has significantly affected their shipments. An example is the company’s latest flagship chipset the Helio X30 which has yet to be adopted by any big manufacturers.

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And since a sizable chunk of chipset orders are usually made during the first half of the year, the second half of the 2017 is looking to be even more difficult for MediaTek. As it stands, the company is set to lose a large portion of its market share in China, which may fall to below 40% this quarter.


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  • Assefa Hanson

    Hang in there mtk

    • Wolvie

      I hope so, but Mediatek CEOs never learned at all. They think they can still the champion by selling their shitty soc at cheaper price than qualcomm.

      Well Mediatek are wrong as qualcomm now already fight back by increasing their soc power so performance is better and at the same time reducing the pricing.

      I do hope still have time for mediatek to fight back, it is very bad if they gone bankrupt. Monopoly is bad especially by patent troll qualcomm.

      • Fox Hunter

        Yep, that is why i never buy qualcomm chip phones, i don’t care how good they are. I only buy MTK chip phones for now, i will buy xiaomi pinecone chip phones too, i will also boycott huawei, they have become patent trolls like qualcomm, i hate patent trolls.

  • Rob

    They’ve only got themselves to blame. This could be a harsh lesson for them but hopefully they’ll learn from it.

    • yes, MTK have a dilusional management. They are low and medium SOC, trying to compete in the High End was the failure.

      1- Not open drivers.
      2- Not pushing for clients update to newest Android.
      3- GPS and Magnetometer problems.

  • Rushab shende

    What can one expect.
    Main reason is that they don’t provide kernel sources, thus no software updates or new version of Android. Even GPS in mtk phones doesn’t work properly.

  • Pranav

    Hoping MTK has learnt their lessen and will soon come back stronger!