2018 List of NFC Smartphones

The Latest NFC Phones 2018

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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.



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Best Model 2018*
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Given its compound rank of 92%, we conclude that the is currently Phonerated's best phone 2018. Phonerated also concludes that our sample of 339 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
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    With its 4.5 stars averaged from 338 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 Honor View 10 makes a beeline for the flagship phablet shelves, with specs like a 16- plus 20-megapixel dual camera, an AI-imbued 2.36GHz (top speed) eight-core Kirin 970 engine, and 6GB's worth of RAM in its arsenal

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (RGB camera coupled with a 20-megapixel monochrome cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2

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    Apparently calling out to budding digital photographers, the Huawei Honor 9 is an eight-core smartphone whose specs include a dual rear camera setup (12- and 20-megapixel cams), a sizable 6GB RAM, and a 3D audio system.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (RGB main camera combined with a 20-megapixel monochrome cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
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    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)
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    Also, the LG V30 overtakes a lot of other high-end contenders in terms of maximum data rate, promising up to 979Mbps (LTE Cat 16 networks) in that department.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel + 13-megapixel (wide-angle)
  • DLNA?: Yes (DMC, DMP, DMS)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 LE
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    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.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (telephoto) + 12-megapixel (wide-angle)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
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    One of Nokia's highest-ranking Android smartphones, the Nokia 8's specs include twin 13-megapixel ZEISS cameras with OZO spatial audio and Ultra HD video-recording, a 5.3-inch 1440p polarized IPS screen, and an eight-core engine with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel (Color & OIS) + 13-megapixel (Mono)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
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    The Galaxy Note8 threatens a lot of already-established premium smartphones with a 6.3-inch WQHD+ (2960 x 1440) Infinite Display, 6GB of RAM (eight-core 10nm CPU), and Samsung's own Bixby voice assistant leading its specs.

  • Camera: Dual 12-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 LE (up to 2Mbps), with ANT+
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    Its 7-megapixel TrueDepth selfie camera, new Face ID function, and glass-and-stainless steel finish all give the iPhone X a fresh outlook on the smartphone scene, but for this most premium Apple installment of 2017, display specs are king -- as evident on its 5.8-inch all-screen OLED display.

  • Camera: Dual 12-megapixel (wide-angle and telephoto cams)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
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    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)
  • 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.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (main cam combined with an 8-megapixel wide-angle sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • 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.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (13-megapixel for Q Stylus╬▒)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
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    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.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • A higher-specked follow-up to the 2017 Nokia 5 smartphone, the Nokia 5.1 offers specs like a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5.5-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) screen, and an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • 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
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    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 2018 Samsung Galaxy A8 Star is a photography-first smartphone whose specs are headlined by a dual rear camera (24- and 16-megapixel lenses), a 24-megapixel selfie cam, and a large 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display.

  • Camera: 24-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel secondary cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • The BlackBerry KEY2 is a business-first smartphone offering specs like BlackBerry's DTEK security-monitoring toolkit, a trademark 35-key physical QWERTY keypad, and a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup.

  • Camera: Dual 12-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE)
  • The LG V35 ThinQ joins other 2018 flagship smartphones from LG by listing a 6-inch 1440p 538ppi display, a dual 16-megapixel rear camera with AI features, and a 2.8GHz + 1.7GHz eight-core processor among its key specs.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (standard cam combined with a 16-megapixel wide-angle cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Motorola Moto Z3 Play is a multimedia-oriented eight-core phablet whose specs include a 12- plus 5-megapixel dual rear camera, and a 6-inch FHD+ 18:9 Super AMOLED display, and support for the brand's Moto Mods slap-on accessories.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (main cam combined with a 5-megapixel depth cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The HTC U12 Plus is a premium-tier phablet whose specs include a 6-inch 1440p Super LCD 6 screen, a dual selfie camera (twin 8-megapixel lenses), and the Edge Sense 2 pressure-sensing gesture suite.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (wide-angle HTC UltraPixel cam combined with a 16-telephoto cam)
  • DLNA?: Yes (via HTC Connect)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The 2018 LG Q7 is a rugged middle-class smartphone whose IP68-rated water-tight housing is accompanied by a 5.5-inch 18:9 FullVision display and a 64GB/32GB internal memory extendable by up to 2TB.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (for Q7+, 13-megapixel for Q7 and Q7╬▒)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 (BLE)
  • The Huawei Honor 7S is a budget-class 2018 smartphone armed with specs like a 3020mAh battery, a 5.5-inch (5.45-inch, to be exact) 18:9 screen, and a 5-megapixel selfie cam with its own dedicated LED flash.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 (BLE)
  • The 2018 Sonim XP8 is a high-stamina smartphone designed for first responders and industrial workers, offering specs like a 4900mAh battery, a shock-resistant (MIL-STD-810G) housing, and an eight-core processor peaking at 2.2GHz.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE)
  • The LG G7 ThinQ is a premium-class phablet whose specs include a dual 16-megapixel rear camera with AI-infused features, a 2.8GHz eight-core processor, and a 1000-nit-bright 6.1-inch 19.5:9 display.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (wide-angle cam combined with a 16-megapixel standard-angle cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE)
  • The waterproof Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury expands the brand's lineup of 2018 phablets with specs like a 5.8-inch 18.5:9 screen, a 64GB memory extendable by up to 400GB, and a 16-megapixel UHD-video-capable rear camera in its arsenal.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • 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)
  • The Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus 2018 is a high-end, photography-first phablet whose 6-inch 18.5:9 screen is accompanied by specs like a 24-megapixel LED-flash selfie camera and a dual rear camera (16- plus 5-megapixel lenses).

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 (with ANT+)
  • A photography-first smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 banks on specs like a 16-megapixel f/1.7 rear camera, a flash-rigged (three brightness levels) 16-megapixel selfie cam, and a 5.6-inch 18.5:9 720p Super AMOLED display.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 (with ANT+)
  • The Motorola Moto E5 is a wide-screen middle-class smartphone whose specs are led by a 4000mAh battery, a 5.7-inch 18:9 IPS display, and a 16GB memory expandable by up to 128GB.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0 (LE)
  • 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
  • The Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design is a premium-class 6-inch 2K-1440p phablet bedecked with specs like a 40/20/8-megapixel triple rear camera, an AI-powered Kirin 970 eight-core 2.36GHz processor, and two-way fingerprint recognition (in-screen and rear sensors).

  • Camera: 40-megapixel (RGB main cam combined with a 20-megapixel monochrome cam and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 BLE (with aptX/aptX HD, LDAC HD, HWA Audio support)
  • The Huawei Y6 2018 adds to Huawei's lineup of 2018 mid-level smartphones by offering specs like a 5.7-inch HD+ (720p) 18:9 screen, a facial recognition system for phone security, and a 3000mAh raw battery power.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel
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