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5 top-notch smartphones that aren't Apple or Samsung

Apple and Samsung may dominate the global smartphone market, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only brands offering quality devices.

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If you’re interested in a smartphone that isn’t from one of the big two suppliers, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top devices to consider.

1. Nokia 6

(Nokia 6)

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Nokia was once one of the world's biggest mobile phone producers. But with the rapid rise of iPhone and Android smartphones, the company fell behind. The struggling company was sold to Microsoft in 2014 and has since been making strides to regain its prominence.

The Nokia 6 is a major step in the right direction for the brand. Launched a year ago, the phone features a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch. Packing 32GB of storage (expandable to 128GB) and powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB of RAM, the Nokia 6 provides the speed and convenience you require from your phone for a low price.

Buy it today for just $229.00.

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2. LG G6

(LG G6)

LG, like Samsung, is a South Korean company. The company entered the smartphone market in 2009 and has been making quality products ever since.

The LG G6, which was released last year, is no exception. The phone features a 5.70-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2880 pixels at a PPI of 564 pixels per inch. For those who are obsessed with Instagram and Snapchat, the LG G6 offers a 13-megapixel primary camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front shooter for snapping selfies. Storage space starts at 32GB, with the possibility of expansion.

Buy it today for just $449.99.

3. Sony Xperia XZ1

(Sony Xperia XZ1)

Of course, when it comes to electronics, Sony has long been a global leader. With smartphones, the company has positioned itself as a quality brand as well.

The Xperia XZ1 was launched at the end of last summer, featuring a camera offering serious quality. The rear camera shoots 19-megapixel images, and for selfies, there’s a 13-megapixel front shooter. Storage starts at 32GB and is expandable to 256GB, so you’ll have plenty of space to keep all your photos and videos.

Buy it today for $449.99.

» RELATED: Consumer Reports: iPhone X is NOT the best smartphone you can buy

4. Lenovo Phab 2

(Lenovo Phab 2)

Although this is definitely the most affordable smartphone on the list, that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing any quality.

With a 6.4" HD screen and incredible Dolby audio, the Lenovo Phab 2 is the perfect device to meet your entertainment needs on the go. The back camera is 13-megapixels, with 5-megapixels in the front. Lenovo Phab 2 starts with the standard 32GB of storage and is expandable to 128GB as well.

Buy it today for the incredibly low price of $199.99.

5. Google Pixel 2

(Google Pixel 2)

Google may not be as well-known for its hardware products, but in the past few years, the tech giant has been making major strides to change that.

The Pixel 2 is considered by many to be one of the best phones on the market. Boasting an incredible camera, linked seamlessly to unlimited storage, you’ll never miss a moment or worry about managing your photos. Featuring the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM, the Pixel 2 works fast to make your life even more convenient.

Buy it today for $739.95.

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