Sony Dominates Smartphone Image Sensor Market in 2020

Article By : Strategy Analytics

Sony managed to take the top position in the smartphone image sensor market, with 46% revenue share, followed by Samsung System LSI and OmniVision Technologies.

The global smartphone image sensor market recorded total revenue of $15 billion in 2020, up by 13% year-over-year, according to the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report. Sony managed to take the top position in the market, with 46% revenue share, followed by Samsung System LSI and OmniVision Technologies.

The top-three vendors captured almost 85% revenue share in the smartphone image sensor market last year.

“The pandemic did little to dent the image sensor market growth as CIS vendors observed strong demand from smartphone OEMs who aggressively adopted high-resolution sensors and higher sensor count across smartphone tiers in 2020,” says Jeffrey Mathews, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Samsung, OmniVision and SK Hynix continued to take share from Sony as the vendor lost key business owing to sanctions on Huawei. We expect Sony’s market dominance will be increasingly threatened by the rising competition in the smartphone image sensor market.”

Stephen Entwistle, Vice President of the Strategic Technologies Practice at Strategy Analytics, comments, “The demand momentum for smartphone CIS, driven by the expansion of multiple cameras and superior photography capabilities in smartphones, will propel the image sensor market growth. However, the semiconductor shortages could create challenges in meeting the CIS demand.”

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