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
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

Given its compound rank of 92%, we conclude that the is currently Phonerated's best phone 2020. Phonerated also concludes that our sample of 9952 reviews across multiple sources gives us a high confidence level that prompts us to name it a "no-brainer best choice."

  • Camera: 64-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide cam, a 2-megapixel macro cam, and a 2-megapixel depth cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Second Best
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #2
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    High
    Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

    With its 4.5 stars averaged from 1994 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.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (with aptX/aptX HD & LDAC/AAC support)

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    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #3
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Good

  • Camera: 8-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #4
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

  • 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)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #5
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Good

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel wide-angle cam and a 2-megapixel depth cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #6
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great

  • Camera: 12.2-megapixel (dual-pixel cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE + aptX/aptX support)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #7
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Good

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (with aptX/aptX HD & LDAC/AAC support)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #8
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel telephoto cam and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #9
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Good

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (with aptX/aptX HD support)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #10
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Good

  • Camera: 108-megapixel (combined with a 12-megapixel portrait cam, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide cam, a 5-megapixel telephoto cam, and a 2-megapixel macro cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with two 8-megapixel sub-cams)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide cam, a 2-megapixel macro cam, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor)
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  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel wide-angle and macro lens, a 2-megapixel portrait monochrome lens, and a 2-megapixel retro-style lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 13-megapixel telephoto cam, an 8-megapixel wide-angle cam, and a 2-megapixel mono/bokeh lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixl periscope telephoto lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1 (Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus)
  • *
    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.



    Also, the Motorola Edge offers 5G network compatibility, which was a popular flagship smartphone facet when it was released.

  • Camera: 64-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel wide-angle/macro vision cam and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1
  • Camera: Triple 12-megapixel (standard + telephoto + wide-angle)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1
  • Camera: 108-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel wide-angle macro vision cam and an 8-megapixel optical zooming cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide cam, a 5-megapixel depth cam, and a 5-megapixel macro cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel wide-angle cam, a 2-megapixel monochrome cam, and a 2-megapixel depth cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1 (with Qualcomm TWS+)
  • Also, the Huawei P40 offers 5G connectivity, which we consider a must-have for a flagship smartphone.

  • Camera: 50-megapixel (Ultra Vision Camera combined with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide cam and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1 (BLE)
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 5-megapixel color filter lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1
  • The OnePlus 8 is a performance-driven flagship smartphone whose 2.84GHz (peak speed) eight-core engine and 12GB RAM support a triple rear camera and a 90Hz 6.55-inch display.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 2-megapixel macro lens and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1
  • More connectivity details: The iPhone SE 2020 features Wi-Fi 6, which was the latest mobile Wi-Fi technology of its time, claiming to provide better connectivity than previous iterations.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with two 2-megapixel sub-cams)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide cam, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 (with HID)
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel wide-angle cam, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro cam)
  • DLNA?: Yes
  • Camera: 32-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel super-wide cam, a 2-megapixel macro cam, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor)
  • DLNA?: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Camera: 13-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel wide-angle ca, a 2-megapixel macro cam, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor)
  • DLNA?: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide cam, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel bokeh lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE, with SBC and AAC support)
  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 48-megapixel ultra-wide cam and a 13-megapixel 13MP periscope telephoto cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1
  • * Prices shown are only indicative. They were recently fetched by our system and may have changed meanwhile.

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