Beancounters at Digitimes Research have added up some numbers and divided them by their shoe size and noted that smartphone vendors, however, are conservative about their shipment results for 2018.
It is not the technology which is an issue. There have been shedloads of upgrades to their new devices, according to Digitimes Reseach's newly published Special Report about smartphone AP shipments.
Digitimes Research said that smartphone AP shipments worldwide are estimated to reach 450 million units in third-quarter 2018, down 0.45 percent on the year but up 18.7 percent sequentially
Qualcomm will remain the top smartphone AP vendor in third-quarter 2018, with total shipments nearing 200 million units. Enjoying a high penetration among leading smartphone AP vendors, Qualcomm will outperform its rivals regarding third-quarter 2018 shipment growth, as downstream vendors prepare inventory for the high season.
The top-three smartphone AP vendors, Qualcomm, MediaTek and Apple, command a market share of over 80 percent in third-quarter 2018.
However, their combined share will drop to 76.6 percent in first-quarter 2019, as Qualcomm is expected to feel a major impact from competition from Huawei's and Samsung's in-house-developed smartphone APs, according to the report.