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Over 50% of Smartphones Will be AI-Embedded by 2019: MIC
August 30, 2018

Due to the year-on-year decline in the first quarter of 2018 in China, the US, and Europe, as well as the impact of uncertainty in the market caused by the US-China trade war, the global smartphone shipments in 2018 have been revised down slightly with the industry's year-on-year growth expected to be similar to that in 2017, according to Taipei-based, government-backed research institute MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute). "While the long-awaited 5G smartphones are likely to hit the market in 2019, over 50% of smartphones will be embedded with AI processors by 2019," says Eddie Han, senior industry analyst with MIC.

Global AI-powered Smartphone Shipment Performance, 2017-2022


Unit: Million Units


Source: MIC, August 2018

"In 2017, the smartphones equipped with AI were Apple’s iPhone 8 and X series and Huawei’s Mate 10 series, with total shipments reaching 80.6 million units. Starting in 2018, Qualcomm, Samsung, and MediaTek have released their own AI processors for smartphones and there are more to follow suit."

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