Samsung secured half of the global smartphone memory revenue in the first quarter this year, according to Strategy Analytics.
The South Korean held a 49% market share in the space.
This was followed by SK Hynix’ 23% market share and Micron’s 14%.
Smartphone memory revenue for the quarter totaled US$11.4 billion, a 21.3% increase from a year prior.
Demand for smartphones recovered in the first quarter; shipment of multi chip packages (MCP) also increased, the market research firm said.
In terms of product, UFS MCP (uMCP) that combines a 128GB NAND with a 6GB DRAM accounted for 30% of the memory used in smartphones.
The chip combines a mobile DRAM with a UFS 3.1 NAND into one package and is mostly used in high-end smartphones.
Demand for 5G smartphones propelled the growth of memory in the sector, Strategy Analytics said.
In NAND alone, Samsung had a share of 42%; SK Hynix had 20%; while Kioxia had 19%. NAND revenue increased 18% overall in the first quarter from a year prior.
In DRAM, Samsung took a share of 54%. SK Hynix and Micron each took a share of 25% and 20%, respectively. DRAM sales increased 21% over the same time period thanks to high demand and price increases.