Huawei is now the world’s third-largest chip buyer, accounting for 4.4% of the global market share, The Paper reported, citing the latest data released by market research firm Gartner.

In 2018, Huawei spent more than US$21 billion in semiconductor procurement, a rise of 45% from a year earlier.

Samsung and Apple are still the world’s two largest chip buyers, accounting for 9.1% and 8.8% of the total market. The two smartphone giants have been the top two global semiconductor buyers since 2012, accounting for a total market share of 19.5% in 2017.

Huawei aside, there were three more Chinese companies among the top ten global chip buyers last year, namely Lenovo, Xiaomi and BBK Electronics which is related to phone makers Vivo and OPPO.

The top 10 chip buyers have a global market share of 40.2% in 2018, up from 2017’s 39.4%.