Huawei is planning to manufacture more of its in-house mobile System-on-Chip (SoCs) to cut down its reliance on Qualcomm and other chipmakers. According to the historical data available, Huawei shipped 45% of its smartphones in the first half of 2018 with HiSilicon Kirin SoCs while the rest used mid-range and low-range chipsets from Qualcomm and MediaTek.
Moving further, the Chinese tech giant shipped units with less than 40% of its homegrown chipset while the projection for 2019 is expected to reach 60%. As per projections, Huawei is expected to adopt its HiSilicon Kirin SoCs in over 150 million Huawei units this year which is 60% of the total 270 million units it is projected to ship this year. Huawei has charted to the second position in terms of units shipped beating Apple in its own game leaving Samsung as the sole target to accomplish where analysts believe it could beat it sometime next year, although it is a prediction and we will have to wait to find a confirmed statistics.
According to GSMArena, although Huawei has used its Kirin chipsets in all flagship smartphones, it has resorted to using chipsets from MediaTek and Qualcomm for its mid-range and low-end devices although it is changing. Kirin 810 manufactured using 7nm process in trending in mid-range section similar to the Snapdragon 710/730 SoC, etc and it will power a battery of budget-friendly devices from the Chinese manufacturer in the future.
According to the figures available at DigiTimes, Huawei is predicted to purchase over 50 million units of chipsets from Qualcomm this year. Huawei manufactures its chipsets similar to Samsung’s Exynos. Huawei is slated to announce its first-ever foldable Mate X this September followed by the successor to Mate 20 series i.e. Huawei Mate 30 expected to be announced around October this year as well. Huawei currently has a slew of smartphones spread across the low-range, budget, mid-range, upper mid-range, and even flagship category as well as a sub-brand called Honor that uses Kirin SoCs and other technologies as well.
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