Shipments of smartphone-use application processors (APs) in the China market are expected to grow 10.5% on quarter but decline 10.8% on year to 129.85 million units in the second quarter of 2017, according to Digitimes Research.
Among chipset suppliers, MediaTek is expected to see its AP shipments edge up a mere 5% sequentially in the second quarter due to a late launch of its high-end Helio X30 chips, while facing increasing competition in the price-sensitive entry-level to mid-range chipset segment, Digitimes Research said.
Qualcomm is likely to see its AP shipments increase 12.7% on quarter in the China market in the second quarter, buoyed by the launch of an array of high-end smartphone models powered by its chips in the quarter and increasing shipments of its chips to the mid-tier smartphone segment.
Smartphone AP shipments by Spreadtrum Communications are expected to surge 19.5% on quarter during the March-June period on growing shipments of its SC9820 SoCs to the domestic and overseas market. Additionally, a rebound in the white-box smartphone market and price advantage will also help Spreadtrum ramp up its shipments in the second quarter, Digitmes Research commented.