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Samsung’s semiconductor division has become an increasingly important part of its mobile strategy in the past couple of years, and market research firm Strategy Analytics has revealed that the strategy has boosted the company’s share significantly lately. Samsung’s Exynos is now the fourth largest processor brand in the smartphone industry.

Shipments of Samsung’s in-house Exynos chips grew to 50 million units last year, according to DRAMeXchange, although only 15 percent of the phones that Samsung sold in 2015 packed one of its own processors. Exynos chips are most commonly found in Samsung’s flagship smartphone range, but the company recently announced a new 14nm mid-range chip as well.

Interestingly, the data doesn’t take into account the actual manufacturing of processors, as the numbers look at the shares held by Apple and Qualcomm too. Unsurprisingly, Qualcomm retained its top spot in the smartphone market, with a 42 percent share. This was followed by Apple, which also designs but doesn’t manufacture its own processors for its iPhone, with a 21 percent share, followed very closely by MediaTek on 19 percent. Samsung enters the top five for the first time by leapfrogging Speadtrum into fourth position, meaning that the company is catching up with the major industry players.

“Samsung LSI, Leadcore and Rockchip registered a triple-digit growth in their AP shipments in 2015 while MediaTek, HiSilicon and Intel registered a double-digit growth. HiSilicon and Samsung LSI, in particular, capitalized on their design-wins at their respective in-house customers.” – Stuart Robinson, Executive Director of the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies

Samsung’s foundries manufacture processors for both Apple and Qualcomm too, and the company’s semiconductor company noted a boost to sales and operating profits in the most recent quarter. This seems to have been despite the fact that the smartphone processor market shank by four percent last year, as smartphone sales showed further signs of stagnation in some markets.

However, reports from South Korea suggest that Apple may be moving over to TSMC for the manufacture of its A10 processor designed for the iPhone 7, which would be a major loss to Samsung’s chip business. Perhaps the company’s ambitious sales goal for the new Galaxy S7 will offset some of this loss.

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February 11, 2016
Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
  • saksham

    nows the time for other companies to start using exynos chips

    • Aaron

      Exynos chipsets are the worst in term of phone modification and optimization because they never release their code. At xda you can find more about this problem, so if you are into moding your phone better avoid Exynos…

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      • Abd

        I have Note 5 with Exynos 7420. I easily installed TWRP custom recovery. I also installed SuperSU Systemless root with ease. I have over 400 user apps installed and transfered from my old Note 3 using Titanium backup. The phone is super fast with superb 8+ hours SOT. I use the built-in App Optimization to automatically hibernate apps that are not used for 3+ days with exceptions of obvious apps like SuperSU, FW..etc. When i bought the Note 3 i strived to find the Qualcomm version because the Exynos didnt support LTE at the time, but now i will do just the opposite especially after the crippled SD810 and the continues lying about their issues by Qualcomm. Now even SD820 is manufactured by Samsung. Exynos chips shipped in 2015 were about 500 million units There are far more Exynos flagship samsung phones than qualcomms and is growing rapidly with much more support than ever before.

        • MJ

          “There are far more Exynos flagship samsung phones than qualcomms and is growing rapidly with much more support than ever before.”


          The S7 phones with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820s go to the biggest markets which are the US, China, and Japan while the rest of the world gets the Exynos chipset version. MediaTEK is the chipset with the fastest growth and NOT Exynos. The hottest high end chipset is the SD820 as Samsung, LG, and HTC (with Moto and Nexus later) will all be featuring it in their new flagship phones.

          I am glad you like your Note 5…

          • Abd

            All Samsung 2015 flagships used only Exynos.That includes S6, S6Edge, S6Edge+, and Note 5. The point is that there is enough support and third party tools for Exynos to do just about any task you want.

          • MJ

            I already gave you the correct info but OK… You do know it’s 2016 now right? Samsung is now going in the opposite direction and moving back to the Snapdragon chipsets. Exynos growth will be stagnant at best in 2016. Most of the growth will be with Snapdragon and MediaTEK chipsets in 2016. Did you see MWC at all? They could have called it the World 820 Congress based on how most OEMs reveled 820 or other Snapdragon based phones.

            Sorry, I just wouldn’t get a Exynos based phone if one is interested in custom ROMs as support is limited at best for them. There any CM based ROMs for Exynos phones yet?

    • Third_Eye

      Meizu already uses multiple Exynos chips in some of their models for the last 2 generations atleast. I think it is time for Samsung LSI to get new customers independently of its Mobile division.
      Samsung Mobile has been using QCOM and IIRC even Mediatek in some markets(though it might not use MTK nowadays).

  • pseudo

    Not that hard given that there aren’t that many brands these days….

    and then Huawei with their in house kirin chipsets.