Contradicting earlier reports that Apple had edged back up to the 5th largest share of smartphone sales in China, a new report from Chinese organization Analysis International suggests that Apple held onto the 6th largest market share with a 6.4 percent market share in Q1 2013. Samsung continued to dominate with a 17.3 percent share of the market, according to figures obtained by DigiTimes.

Padding out the rest of Analysys International's top ten are Lenovo (13.1 percent), Coolpad (10.3 percent), Huawei (10.1 percent), ZTE (6.9 percent), K-Touch (4.1 percent), GiONEE (3.8 percent), HTC (3.1 percent) and OPPO (2.9 percent). The research firm also said that 90.54 million handsets were sold in China in Q1 2013, up 34.8 percent from the same quarter last year and up 23.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012. 75.28 million of the devices sold were smartphones, and the devices are gaining in popularity.

Apple may gain ground if it is indeed able to ink a deal with the world's largest wireless carrier, China Mobile, to launch an iPhone.