One research firm says MediaTek was the most popular chip designer on US Android phones in Q4
MediaTek’s Dimensity line has been performing well on Geekbench
Some point to Google’s new Tensor chip as the reason for this stunning development. Instead of using off-the-shelf Snapdragon silicon for the Pixel 6 series, Google debuted its own Tensor chipsets which certainly had to impact Qualcomm’s Android market share during the fourth quarter of 2021. Or did it?
Counterpoint Research, another company that keeps tabs on all of the important numbers related to the mobile industry, saw things a little differently in Q4. Counterpoint said that Qualcomm had a controlling 55% of the US Android market from October through the end of December compared to MediaTek’s 37%.
Dimensity 8100 puts up a valiant effort against Qualcomm’s top chip in Geekbench test
MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100 is part of the company’s upper mid-range line and perhaps the most interesting part of these test results is that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is manufactured by TSMC using its 4nm process node while the Dimensity 8100 is produced using the foundry’s 5nm node . Generally speaking, lower process nodes usually produce chips that are strikingly more powerful and more energy-efficient.
The Dimension 8100 scored multi-core and single-core results of 3801 and 924 respectively. That compares to the multi-core score of 3810 and the single-core score of 1200 delivered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. The latter has the advantage of sporting ARM’s Cortex X1 super core which the MediaTek chip does not have.
Some other Geekbench 5 results show the Dimensity 8100 actually beating out the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the multi-core tally. Regardless of which result you use, there is no denying that MediaTek is making great strides in the industry.
With this Geekbench result, the Dimensity 8100 tops the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the multi-core score
MediaTek is headquartered in Taiwan and was founded in 1997. As of the third quarter of 2021 (the most recent data available) the company was the fourth largest fabless chip designer with revenue of based on sales after Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Nvidia. The company collected $4.7 billion in revenue during that quarter.
TSMC and Samsung Foundry are the two largest independent foundries in the world.