Mobile phones are big business these days, but if you look up the supply chain, the ones who are really making a killing are the companies supplying the processors inside the smartphones. And when it comes to smartphone processors, there's one company that stands head and shoulders over everyone else, and that is Qualcomm. In a recent report from AnTuTu, the smartphone benchmarking giant, we got a breakdown of what chipsets are powering the smartphones in use today. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of Qualcomm.
The released chart shows data for the entirety of 2017, showing the top 10 most commonly used processors in smartphones for the entire year. The data is based on smartphone users using the AnTuTu benchmark, which numbers in the tens of thousands of users. The results show that people using AnTuTu at least are seeing more Qualcomm chipsets on their phones.
The most dominant chipset was the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, which saw use in 15.54% of smartphones used by AnTuTu mobile phone users. The rest of the top 3 also come from Qualcomm, with the Snapdragon 820 in second place at 12.14%, and the Snapdragon 821 in third at 10.42%. Huawei comes in at number four with the Kirin 960 processor at 7.45%, and after that, at number five we're back to Qualcomm with the Snapdragon 625 at 7.23%.
Starting at number six is MediaTek's Helio X20 processor with 3.55% share, the Snapdragon 652 at 3.21%, the MediaTek Helio P10 at 2.65%, the Kirin 950 at 2.38%, and the Snapdragon 660 at 2.05%.
While this is without a doubt a dominating performance from Qualcomm, it's important to take these numbers in the proper context. The data was obtained from users who make use of AnTuTu to take the benchmarking test. It should be obvious to people that the Snapdragon 835 does not occupy 15.54% of all smartphones in the world, the more populous smartphones are in the lower-end brackets with entry-level processors like the Snapdragon 410. People who use AnTuTu's site are interested in cutting edge tech and measuring them, so of course, they will be mostly measuring the high-end chipsets like the Snapdragon 835.
Still, it's clear that the mindshare in the tech enthusiast category is dominated by Qualcomm, and that's the kind of branding that's worth more than a billion dollars.