2020 List of NFC Smartphones

The Latest NFC Phones 2020


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 2020
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* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

Despite a lower sample of reviews, taking into account its compound rank of 96%, we conclude that the is currently Phonerated's best phone 2020. Phonerated also concludes that our sample of 163 reviews from our sources gives us a safe-enough confidence level that prompts us to name it the most interesting choice as of now.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (wide-angle cam combined with a 12-megapixel telephoto cam and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • Second Best
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    With its 4.5 stars averaged from 844 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 Samsung Galaxy S10 is a 6.1-inch flagship smartphone boasting specs like a 2.84GHz (top speed) eight-core processor alongside 8GB of RAM, a triple-lens main camera, and an on-screen 10-megapixel selfie camera.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (telephoto cam combined with a 12-megapixel wide-angle cam and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps, with Dual Audio support)

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    Also Good
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    A premium-caliber phablet, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus boasts specs like a 6.4-inch QHD+ (1440p) Dynamic AMOLED screen, an eight-core 2.84GHz engine coupled with 12GB's worth of RAM, and a 1TB maximum native storage memory.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (telephoto cam combined with a 12-megapixel wide-angle cam and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps, with Dual Audio support)
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    The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is a mid-level wide-screen smartphone offering specs like a 6.5-inch 1080p 21:9 screen, a double-lens (12- plus 8-megapixel) camera, and a 3000mAh battery.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Also Good
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    Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

    The OnePlus 7T Pro is a flagship-class smartphone packing a high-class three-lens camera, an eight-core engine clocked at 2.96GHz, and a wide 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (with aptX/aptX HD & LDAC/AAC support)
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    4.5
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    The Samsung Galaxy S10e, though a watered-down version of the S10, is nevertheless a high-end smartphone, offering specs like a triple-cluster eight-core engine peaking at 2.84GHz, 8GB of RAM, and an on-display 10-megapixel selfie cam.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (wide-angle cam combined with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps, with Dual Audio support)
  • Also Good
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    4.5
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    The Ulefone Armor 6E is a rugged Android phone armed with a water-tight and drop-ready housing, a robust 5000mAh battery pack, and a large 6.2-inch 19:9 Gorilla-Glass-5-finished display.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 2-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • Also Good
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    4.5
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    The Xiaomi Mi 9T is a high-class photography smartphone armed with a 48- plus 8- plus 13-megapixel triple-lens camera, a 20-megapixel pop-out selfie cam, and a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080p) AMOLED display.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel telephoto cam and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
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    4.5
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    Good

    The 2019 Motorola One Action is a photography-first smartphone banking on a high-end triple camera, an expansive 6.3-inch 21:9 screen, and a 128GB memory expandable by up to 1TB.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide cam and a 5-megapixel depth sensor)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (EDR + BLE)
  • Also Good
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    #10
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    4.5
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    Good

    The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus is a flagship phablet that throws together a premium 6.8-inch 1440p Dynamic AMOLED display, a 2.8GHz eight-core engine coupled with 12GB of RAM, and a quad camera system.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (wide-angle cam combined with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide cam, a 12-megapixel telephoto cam, and a VGA DepthVision cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • The Motorola Razr 2019 is an Android-powered iteration of the brand's signature flip phone offering a 6.2-inch folding display, 6GB of RAM, and a 2.7-inch external quick-view screen.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The ZTE Blade 10 is a photography-driven budget phone offering a 16- plus 5-megapixel dual main cam, a 16-megapixel selfie cam, and a wide 6.3-inch 19:9 1080p screen.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
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    The LG Tribute Royal is a budget Android phone offering a 3000mAh battery, a 2GHz octa-core processor, and a basic 5.45-inch 1440 x 720 HD+ display.

  • Camera: 8-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is a semi-high-end 6.3-inch smartphone rigged with a triple main camera, a high-class 25-megapixel selfie cam, and a 4000mAh battery.

  • Camera: 25-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (aptX)
  • *
    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 Coolpad Legacy S is an entry-level smartphone with a 5.45-inch 18:9 display, a 2GHz four-core engine, and a facial recognition system among its key specs.

  • Camera: 8-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • The Google Pixel 4 is a high-class smartphone whose key perks include the Motion Sense feature powered by a radar chip, a 5.7-inch flexible OLED display, and a high-octane 2.84GHz eight-core engine.

  • Camera: 12.2-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel telephoto cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE with AptX, AptX HD, LDAC codecs)
  • The Google Pixel 4 XL is a large-display Android phone whose 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440p) screen is accompanied by a radar chip for gesture-based interactions and a high-end eight-core engine clocked at 2.84GHz.

  • Camera: 12.2-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE, with AptX/AptX HD/LDAC codecs)
  • The Nokia 6.2 is a mid-end Android phone whose key specs include a 6.3-inch 1080p display with HDR support, a triple main camera, and a 128GB native memory extendable by up to 512GB.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel depth sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The LG Aristo 4 Plus is a budget smartphone whose main specs include a 5.45-inch 1440 x 720 (HD+) 2.5D-glass screen, a 16GB memory expandable by an enormous 2TB, and a 13-megapixel primary camera.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Motorola One Zoom is a photography-driven smartphone boasting a premium four-camera system, a 25-megapixel selfie cam, and a 6.4-inch OLED display.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The middle-class Nokia 7.2 is an imaging-driven smartphone armed with a 48- plus 8- plus 5-megapixel triple camera, an upmarket 20-megapixel selfie cam, and a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080p) display with HDR support.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel depth sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Samsung Galaxy A70s is a photography-first smartphone boasting a 64- plus 8- plus 5-megapixel triple camera, a 32-megapixel selfie cam, and a 4500mAh battery with a 25W charging technology.

  • Camera: 64-megapixel (combined with 8- and 5-megapixel sub-cams)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • More connectivity details: The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G belongs to only a few 2019-released smartphones that support full-blown 5G network bands, making it more promising than its 4G-only contemporaries.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel depth cam and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • The Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G is a foldable smartphone boasting a 7.3-inch 1536p screen (4.6-inch when folded), an octa-core engine running at 2.8GHz, and a high-end triple main camera.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with 16- and 12-megapixel sub-cams)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Samsung Galaxy A50s is an imaging-driven smartphone armed with a three-lens main camera, a 32-megapixel front cam, and a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel depth cam and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • The Samsung Galaxy A30s is a middle-class large-screen smartphone whose 6.4-inch 720p display is accompanied by a triple main camera and a 4000mAh battery pack.

  • Camera: 25-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel depth cam and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • The iPhone 11 Pro is a high-class smartphone whose biggest perks include a triple 12-megapixel primary camera, a 5.8-inch 1200-nit-bright display, and a 512GB maximum inbuilt memory.

  • Camera: Triple 12-megapixel (ultra-wide cam + wide cam + telephoto cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max is an upscale model equipped with a 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR screen, an A13 Bionic chip with a 3rd-generation Neural Engine, and a triple 12-megapixel main camera.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (ultra-wide + wide + telephoto)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The iPhone 11 is a middle-class contender whose key specs include a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD screen with HDR10 support, a double 12-megapixel main camera setup, and an IP68-rated waterproof housing.

  • Camera: Dual 12-megapixel (ultra-wide cam + wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note10 is a flagship-class phablet whose perks include a high-class three-lens main camera, a 2.8GHz (top speed) eight-core processor, and a 6.3-inch HDR10-certified display.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (wide-angle cam combined with a 12-megapixel telephoto cam and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • The Asus ROG Phone II calls out to mobile gamers with its ROG-imbued features, such as a custom-binned 2.96GHz eight-core Snapdragon 855 processor, a 12GB LPDDR4X RAM, and a 6.6-inch display with a whopping 120Hz/1ms refresh rate.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (EDR + A2DP, with support for aptX/aptX HD)
  • A mid-level big-battery smartphone, the Ulefone Power 6 features a sizable 6350mAh battery, a wide 6.3-inch 19.5:9 display, and an eight-core processor running at 2.3GHz.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 2-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • * Prices shown are only indicative. They were recently fetched by our system and may have changed meanwhile.

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