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.
Given its compound rank of 92%, we conclude that the is currently Phonerated's best phone 2018. Phonerated also concludes that our sample of 340 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level that prompts us to name it a "no-brainer best choice."
With its 4.5 stars averaged from 66 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.
A photography-driven large-screen smartphone, the Huawei Honor 10 banks on specs like an AI-powered dual rear camera (24- and 16-megapixel lenses), a 24-megapixel selfie cam, and a 5.84-inch 19:9 display.
The iPhone 8 Plus charges into the flagship battle with specs like dual 12-megapixel 4K-video-capable cameras, a 5.5-inch FHD screen with the True Tone and 3D Touch technologies, and the A11 Bionic chip aided by a neural engine in its arsenal.
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.
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.
Also note: The Huawei P Smart lets the user play music through a wireless speaker while taking a call on a Bluetooth headset through its double Bluetooth connection feature.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a 6-inch (FullView OLED) smartphone that builds around its Kirin 970 eight-core AI processor (2.36GHz + 1.8GHz) with specs like a Leica Dual Camera setup (20-megapixel + 12-megapixel) and 6GB of RAM.
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.
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.
The LG G7 Fit is a high-tier smartphone that combines specs like an auspicious 6.1-inch 2K-1440p 1000-nit-bright display, a damage-resistant shell (It has a MIL-STD-810G certification), and a 32GB memory expandable by up to 2TB.
A display-focused high-end smartphone, the LG G7 One's specs include a 6.1-inch 1000-nit-bright display, a 16-megapixel AI-powered camera, and a 2.45GHz (top speed) octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor.
The Google Pixel 3 XL is a multimedia-centric phablet whose specs include a 6.3-inch QHD-1440p OLED display, a dual selfie camera (two 8-megapixel lenses), and a Snapdragon 845 engine clocked at 2.5GHz.
The Google Pixel 3 is an upmarket 5.5-inch Android smartphone whose biggest specs include VR support (via Google's Daydream View headset), a 2.5GHz octa-core processor, and twin 8-megapixel selfie cameras.
The Nokia 7.1 is a wide-screen middle-class smartphone whose 5.8-inch 19:9 display is accompanied by specs like a 12- plus 5-megapixel dual rear camera and a Snapdragon 636 1.8GHz octa-core processor.
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 Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 is an imaging-first smartphone whose key specs include a triple-lens main camera, a highly-competitive 24-megapixel selfie cam, and an Exynos 7885 engine clocked at 2.2GHz (top speed).
A watered-down version of the KEY2, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is a middle-class business-first smartphone whose specs include a 35-key QWERTY keyboard, a 13- plus 5-megapixel dual rear camera, and a 1.8GHz + 1.6GHz dual-cluster eight-core engine.
The 2018 Huawei Mate 20 Lite is a high-class photography smartphone whose 24- plus 2-megapixel selfie cam and dual-lens rear cam are accompanied by specs like a 6.3-inch 19.5:9 display and a 1GHz Mali-G51 GPU.
The iPhone XS Max is an iPhone geared towards multimedia junkies who enjoy expansive displays, with its 6.5-inch OLED interface being accompanied by specs like a dual 12-megapixel rear camera, the six-core A12 engine, and up to 512GB of on-board memory.
Seemingly a replacement for the discontinued iPhone X, the iPhone XS boasts specs like a 5.8-inch OLED display with 3D Touch and HDR10 output support, a dual 12-megapixel quad-LED-flash camera setup, and the hexa-core A12 bionic chip.
The Motorola Moto Z3 is a Verizon-5G-enabled (using a Moto Mod) multimedia smartphone whose key specs include a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup, a 6-inch Super AMOLED Gorilla-Glass-3-finished display, and a 2.35GHz octa-core processor.
A flagship phablet designed for a sophisticated clientele, the S-Pen-equipped Samsung Galaxy Note9's specs include a 6.4-inch 2K-1440p screen, an octa-core 2.8GHz processor accompanied by water-carbon cooling, and a dual 12-megapixel camera.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is an auspicious 2018 phablet whose specs include a whopping 4K-2160p 5.8-inch HDR display, a dual rear camera made up of 19- and 12-megapixel lenses, and a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor.
The Asus ROG Phone is a gaming smartphone that introduces AirTriggers (ultrasonic sensors for gaming) alongside premium-caliber hardware specs like a 2.96GHz octa-core engine, an 8GB RAM, and a 512GB memory.
The LG Q Stylus is a 6.2-inch phablet tailored to digital artists, featuring specs like a creativity-driven stylus pen, a 64GB memory expandable by up to 2TB, and a 16-megapixel primary camera.
The Huawei nova 3 is a 6.3-inch phablet geared towards mobile photographers, headlining its list of specs with a dual rear camera (16- and 24-megapixel lenses), a 24- plus 2-megapixel dual front cam, and a 6GB RAM.
The Nokia 3.1 is a mid-level sequel to a less-ambitious smartphone of roughly the same name (Nokia 3) that ties specs like a 5.2-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a 1.5GHz octa-core engine, and a 2990mAh battery pack together.