Chinese shipments of application processors for smartphones drops 4% quarter-to-quarter

Chinese shipments of application processors for smartphones drops 4% quarter-to-quarter
Shipments of application processors for smartphones in China, declined 4.2% in the first quarter of 2014 from the last three months of 2013. Year-over-year though, Q1 shipments gained 10.8%. Extremely popular with low-cost smartphone manufacturers in China, shipments of MediaTek's application processors continued to show declines sequentially, with a drop of 6.1% in the first quarter of 2014. MediaTek's focus on mid to high-end models was considered to be its downfall in the period from January through March. Still, analysts warned that it was the second consecutive quarter that showed a sequential drop in AP shipments for the silicon slinger.

Qualcomm's AP numbers were negatively impacted by poor demand for its reference designs for entry-level and mid-range handsets. Qualcomm is just starting to offer reference designs for Windows Phone and Firefox OS, and it will take some time for this to show up in sales. As we noted on Monday, ABI Research expects 67% of all smartphones by 2019, to be based on chipset makers reference designs.

HiSilicon Technologies, which is owned by Huawei and is used on most of its phones, and NVIDIA, both had lower shipments of AP chips from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014.

source: DigiTimes

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9 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

result of those octa core crap from mediatek which still lag.

5. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

my qmobile is flying like s4 , media quad core 1.2gh a7 . but updates really sucks like old quad core mediatek devices remain stuck on 4.2 forever ...

8. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

lol... my tegra 2 tablet got custom ROM KitKat 4.4.2 Mediatek sucks in everything

9. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i know it sucks for updates n roms, but is faster than your t2

2. Rocksteady unregistered

They didn't provide drivers necessary for KitKat upgrade till now, this may teach them a lesson for the future.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Planned obsolescence?

4. nitefire

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

I'm surprised mediatek doesn't even try to expand more into higher end professors. I've looked them up and I've seen some chips with a cortex a15 listed, but I've never once seen them mentioned here or any other site. Being a cheap processor company too you would think the code and driver source would be available to make ROM coding for the easier. Its sad how they crank out just a7 based ones though, and even with 8 cores they don't do that great

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

professors?! hm-mm

7. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I want high end professors. Someone who can teach well.

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