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 2019. Phonerated also concludes that our sample of 209 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 179 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.
More connectivity details: The LG V50 ThinQ 5G is one of LG's first flagship phones to offer 5G network compatibility (It has a Snapdragon X50 5G modem).
The LG G8 ThinQ is a high-end phone with a couple of innovations up its sleeves, offering specs like touch-less commands through Air Motion, the Crystal Sound OLED speaker-screen technology, and a 6.1-inch Quad HD+ (1440p) interface.
The Huawei Mate X is a foldable flagship smartphone boasting specs like an 8-inch OLED main display (It has a 6.6-inch cover display), a triple camera led by a 40-megapixel main lens, and 5G network connectivity.
The Sony Xperia 10 is a wide-screen mid-level smartphone armed with specs like a 6-inch 21:9 1080p display, a 13- plus 5-megapixel dual camera, and a 64GB memory coupled with a 512GB memory card slot.
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 Nokia 4.2 is an all-around middle-class smartphone in terms of technical specs, offering a 5.7-inch 19:9 HD+ (720p) display, a 3000mAh battery, and a 13- plus 2-megapixel dual rear camera.
The Huawei P30 Pro is a flagship smartphone that focuses on photography more than anything else, offering specs like a Leica Quad Camera led by a 40-megapixel main lens, a 32-megapixel selfie camera, and 512GB's worth of native memory.
The Huawei P30 is an imaging-focused 6.1-inch smartphone whose biggest specs include a triple camera led by a 40-megapixel primary lens, a high-caliber 32-megapixel selfie camera, and a triple-cluster eight-core engine peaking at 2.6GHz.
The DOOGEE S90 is a modular rugged phone (It's compatible with several snap-on accessories) whose specs consist of a 16- plus 8-megapixel four-LED-flash camera, a 5050mAh battery, and a splash-ready casing.
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.
The Sony Xperia L3 is a budget-tier smartphone offering specs like a 5.7-inch 720p 18:9 display, a 3300mAh battery with Sony's adaptive charging technology, and a 13- plus 2-megapixel dual camera.
The Nokia 9 PureView is an imaging-first flagship phone boasting a quintuple 12-megapixel main camera that's accompanied by specs like a 6-inch 2K-1440p screen and a 2.8GHz octa-core engine.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is a pioneer 5G phone for Samsung whose high-class specs include a 2.84GHz octa-core processor, a massive 6.7-inch 2K-1440p Curved Dynamic AMOLED display, and a quad camera enabled for 3D photography.
The Alcatel 3 2019 is a middle-class Android phone rigged with specs like a 5.9-inch 19.5:9 screen, a 13- plus 2-megapixel dual camera, and a gradient shine finish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.