2019 List of NFC Smartphones

The Latest NFC Phones 2019

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NFC spent a while in the vaporware corner, but as NFC smartphones are becoming more ubiquitous while banks and stores are increasingly accepting phones as electronic wallets, the technology is quite rapidly becoming a standard.

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a Bluetooth-like technology that creates a secure two-way connection between devices. It uses your SIM card as the Secure Element that can hold apps such as payment cards, making your NFC profiles unique to your phone as well. NFC runs on lower frequencies than Bluetooth, but consequently takes less time to setup, likely making it more secure. Plus, it does not require device paring beforehand. This list is dominated by Android-run smartphones, but Nokia was the first to market the technology in phones and an early adopter on its Windows smartphones. It includes Sony Xperias and LG models too, among others -- many of which include Miracast in the mix as well.

All smartphones listed here are models that have NFC built-in and ready to use.



The List:

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Best Model 2019*
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#1
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4.5
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High
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

Given its compound rank of 88%, we conclude that the is currently Phonerated's best phone 2019. Phonerated also concludes that our sample of 96 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level that prompts us to name it a "no-brainer best choice."

  • Camera: 24-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • Second Best
    Alpha
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    #2
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    4.5
    Confidence
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    Great

    With its 4.5 stars averaged from 211 reviews, we rank this model second best phone. * This choice (and the following members of this best NFC phone models list), is based on a full analysis of hundreds of NFC phone reviews from multiple sources.

    The Huawei P20 Pro is a premium photography smartphone whose specs consist of a triple rear camera (40-, 20-, and 8-megapixel lenses), a 24-megapixel selfie camera, and a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED display.

  • Camera: 40-megapixel (RGB main cam combined with a 20-megapixel monochrome cam and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam)

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    Also Good
    Alpha
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    #3
    Our
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    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great

    Also, the Samsung Galaxy S9 reaches 4G speeds (LTE Cat 18) of up to 1200Mbps, which is blazing-fast, compared to what most high-end smartphones reach as of its market entry.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (Super Speed Dual Pixel cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps, with ANT+, Dual Audio, Scalable Codec)
  • Also Good
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    #4
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    4.5
    Confidence
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    Great

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is an enlarged version of Samsung's flagship S9 smartphone whose specs include a 6.2-inch 18.5:9 1440p screen, a dual 12-megapixel camera with Super Slow-mo and Dual Aperture Mode, and a 2.8GHz + 1.7GHz octa-core engine.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (Super Speed Dual Pixel cam combined with 12-megapixel telephoto cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps, with Dual Audio and ANT+ support, Scalable Codec)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
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    #5
    Our
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    4.5
    Confidence
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    High

    A slight upgrade of OnePlus's 2018 flagship phone, the OnePlus 6T boasts specs like a 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 eight-core engine, an 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, and a 6-inch Optic OLED display furbished with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 panel.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 20-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (with aptX and aptX HD support)
  • Also Good
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    #6
    Our
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    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

    Geared towards the high-end phablet market, the Motorola Moto G6 Plus is armed with specs like a 2.2GHz eight-core engine aided by 6GB of RAM, a 5.9-inch 18:9 screen with a scratch-resistant finish, and a dual rear camera capable of capturing 4K-2160p videos.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-camera)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #7
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    High
    Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

    A multimedia-focused smartphone, the Sony Xperia XZ3's specs consist of a 6-inch QHD+ display with HDR up-conversion, a 2.8GHz octa-core processor, and a 19-megapixel main camera capable of capturing 960fps slow-motion videos.

  • Camera: 19-megapixel (Motion Eye Cam)
  • DLNA?: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Also Good
    Alpha
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    #8
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

    The Asus ZenFone 5 ZE620KL is a massive 6.2-inch 19:9 Super IPS+ smartphone whose key specs include a 12- plus 8-megapixel dual-lens rear cam with AI-aided scene selection, a 3300mAh battery aided by AI Charging (for optimizing battery life), and 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Also Good
    Alpha
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    #9
    Our
    Score:
    4
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great

    The OnePlus 6 is a large-screen smartphone whose semi-premium-class specs include a 2.8GHz eight-core Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB of RAM, a 6.28-inch 19:9 Optic AMOLED display, and a 16- plus 20-megapixel dual-lens rear camera.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 20-megapixel secondary cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (with aptX & aptX HD support)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #10
    Our
    Score:
    4
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

    The stylus-equipped LG Stylo 4 is a creativity-driven phablet whose main specs include a 6.2-inch 18:9 screen, a 32GB memory extendable by up to 2TB, and an eight-core engine running at 1.8GHz.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • The Motorola Moto G7 Plus is a 6.2-inch semi-high-end smartphone banking on specs like a 16- plus 5-megapixel dual main camera, a 64GB memory expandable by up to 512GB, and a 3000mAh battery aided by a 27W TurboPower charging system.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel depth cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE with aptX support)
  • The UMIDIGI F1 is a mid-range phablet offering specs like a 6.3-inch 19.5:9 LTPS display, a 16- plus 8-megapixel dual camera, and a high-capacity 5150mAh battery.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.1 (with BT HID support)
  • The Alcatel 1X 2019 is a budget-class smartphone armed with specs like a dual-main cam (13- and 2-megapixel lenses), a 3000mAh battery, and a Dragontrail-Glass-finished 5.5-inch display.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel (main cam interpolated to 16 megapixels combined with a 2-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • Pitched as a professional walkie-talkie rugged phone, the bulky 14-ounce DOOGEE S80 is rigged with specs like an enormous 10080mAh battery, a 2.5GHz octa-core processor, and a waterproof housing.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • The UMIDIGI One Pro is a wide-screen mid-range smartphone whose 5.9-inch 19:9 HD+ (720p) display is accompanied by specs like a wireless-charging-enabled 3250mAh battery and a 16-megapixel selfie camera.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.1 (with HID support)
  • *
    NFC smartphones have many applications outside electronic payments. NFC tags, these little chips that sell for almost nothing online, are a good example. Hide one in your doorway and program your phone to raise the volume when you just lightly brush it. Put another one in your bedroom to send a good night text message to your lover before going to bed and another one to launch your daily news in the morning.

    NFC can also help facilitate Bluetooth pairing or make certain mobile games more fun... and who knows what other innovations NFC will bring next? To keep current on smartphone innovations, check out our Latest smartphone discovery gallery.



    The UMIDIGI One Max is a large-screen smartphone that accompanies its 6.3-inch 19:9 waterdrop-notch display with specs like a 4150mAh wireless-charging-enabled battery and a 12- plus 5-megapixel dual camera.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.1 (with HID support)
  • The Blackview BV9500 is a high-endurance smartphone whose whopping 10000mAh battery is accompanied by specs like a 16- plus 0.3-megapixel dual main camera and a 2.5GHz octa-core processor.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 0.3-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • A smartphone that's all about endurance, the Blackview BV9500 Pro is bedecked with specs like a humongous 10000mAh battery, an IP68-rated water-tight body, and an eight-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 0.3-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • The Samsung Galaxy A8s is a photography-driven phablet rigged with specs like a 6.4-inch 19.5:9 Infinity-O display, a triple-lens primary camera, and a high-resolution 24-megapixel selfie cam.

  • Camera: 24-megapixel (combined with 5-megapixel Live Focus cam and a 10-megapixel telephoto cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • A high-level rugged smartphone, the Ulefone Armor 6 is armed with specs like a generous 5000mAh battery, a robust 6GB RAM, and a dual camera made up of 16- and 8-megapixel software-enhanced lenses.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (main cam interpolated to 21 megapixels combined with an 8-megapixel sub-cam interpolated to 13 megapixels)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • The OnePlus 6T McLaren is a performance-driven 6.4-inch smartphone rigged with specs like a massive 10GB RAM, a 2.8GHz octa-core processor, and a carbon fiber backing.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 20-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (with aptX and aptX HD support)
  • The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a stamina-first smartphone whose robust 5000mAh battery is accompanied by specs like a 6.3-inch 19:9 display shielded by a Gorilla Glass 6 panel and a dual-lens rear cam consisting of 12- and 5-megapixel lenses.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design is a luxury-type smartphone whose biggest specs include a 3-lens primary camera (40-megapixel main lens), a pressure-sensitive in-screen fingerprint sensor, and a 6.4-inch 1440p OLED interface.

  • Camera: 40-megapixel (main lens combined with a 20-megapixel wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE)
  • The Nokia 8.1 is a selfie-driven smartphone whose 20-megapixel selfie camera is accompanied by mid-range specs like a 2.2GHz octa-core engine and a 6.2-inch 18.7:9 FHD+ (1080p) display.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with a 13-megapixel fixed-focus sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The 2018 Cat S48C is an outdoorsy smartphone whose specs include an IP68-raged waterproof housing, a 4000mAh battery, and a 5-inch Gorilla-Glass-5-finished screen.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • The Vodafone Smart X9 is a mid-level smartphone rigged with specs like a dual camera (16- and 5-megapixel lenses), a 3100mAh battery, and a 5.7-inch 18:9 Dragontrail-Glass-finished screen.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is a 2018 flagship-caliber phablet whose biggest specs include a slide-out 24- plus 2-megapixel dual front camera, 10GB of RAM, and a 6.4-inch 19.5:9 display.

  • Camera: Dual 12-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a 2018-released smartphone boasting a bunch of flagship-caliber specs, such as a triple rear camera (40-, 20-, and 8-megapixel lenses), a tri-cluster 2.6GHz octa-core processor, and a 6.4-inch QHD+ (1440p) OLED screen.

  • Camera: 40-megapixel (RGB lens combined with a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE)
  • With its wide 7.2-inch display, the Huawei Mate 20 X is a high-class phablet whose specs include a triple rear camera (It has a 40-megapixel primary lens), a 24-megapixel selfie cam, and a 5000mAh battery pack.

  • Camera: 40-megapixel (RGB lens combined with a 20-megapixel wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE)
  • The Huawei Mate 20 is a photography-driven high-end smartphone that lists a triple-lens primary camera, a 24-megapixel selfie cam, and a 2.6GHz (top speed) tri-cluster eight-core engine as its key specs.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (wide-angle main cam combined with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE)
  • The DOOGEE S70 is a high-caliber rugged gaming phone whose specs include a dedicated Game Mode powered by a 2.5GHz octa-core processor, a large 5500mAh battery, and an IP68/69K-rated waterproof exterior.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • The Samsung Galaxy A9 is a photography-driven flagship smartphone equipped with specs like a four-lens primary camera, a promising 24-megapixel front-facing cam, and either 8GB or 6GB of RAM.

  • Camera: 24-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel depth cam, a 10-megapixel telephoto cam, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE with ANT+ support)
  • * Prices shown are only indicative. They were recently fetched by our system and may have changed meanwhile.

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