2019 List of NFC Smartphones

The Latest NFC Phones 2019

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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.



The List:

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Best Model 2019
Alpha
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#1
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

Given its compound rank of 91%, we conclude that the is currently Phonerated's best phone 2019. Phonerated also concludes that our sample of 99 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level that prompts us to name it a "no-brainer best choice."

  • Camera: 19-megapixel (Motion Eye Cam)
  • DLNA?: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Second Best
    Alpha
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    #2
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great

    With its 4.5 stars averaged from 296 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: 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
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #3
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great
    Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 20-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (with aptX and aptX HD support)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
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    #4
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great

  • Camera: 40-megapixel (RGB lens combined with a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #5
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great

  • Camera: 40-megapixel (combined with a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle cam, an 8-megapixel periscope zooming cam, and a 3D TOF cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE, with aptX/aptX HD support)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #6
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great

  • Camera: 40-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle cam and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE, with aptX/aptX HD support)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #7
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

  • Camera: 24-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel depth cam, a 10-megapixel telephoto cam, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE with ANT+ support)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #8
    Our
    Score:
    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

  • Camera: 24-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide cam and a 5-megapixel depth cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps, ANT+)
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #9
    Our
    Score:
    4
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 2-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #10
    Our
    Score:
    4
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

  • Camera: 13-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.1
  • 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
  • The T-Mobile REVVLRY is a mid-level Android phone whose key perks include a 3000mAh battery, a 5.7-inch screen with a wide aspect ratio of 19:9, and an 8-megapixel LED-flash selfie camera.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 (LE)

  • The 2019 T-Mobile REVVLRY Plus is a mid-range smartphone offering a spacious 6.24-inch 19:9 display, a 3000mAh battery infused with a 27W fast-charging system, and 16- plus 5-megapixel dual camera.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 LE
  • 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
  • The Samsung Galaxy M40 is a semi-high-end smartphone banking on specs like a triple-lens main camera, a 6.3-inch display with the screen sound technology, and a 6GB RAM.

  • Camera: 32-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel wide-angle cam and a 5-megapixel Live Focus cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • *
    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 DOOGEE S90 Pro is a high-stamina rugged smartphone rocking a 5080mAh battery, an IP68-rated waterproof housing, and a double-lens main camera decked out with a four-LED flash.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel sub-cam)
  • The Cubot Quest is a middle-class waterproof smartphone offering a hearty 4000mAh battery, a 12- plus 2-megapixel dual rear camera, and an eight-core processor peaking at 2GHz.

  • Camera: 12-megapixel (combined with a 2-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • 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
  • The Motorola Moto Z4 is an imaging-first high-end smartphone armed with a highly-competitive 48-megapixel main cam, a 25-megapixel selfie cam, and a 6.4-inch 19.5:9 display.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Huawei Honor 20 Lite is a mid-level smartphone that's heavily inclined to photography, banking on a triple-lens main camera, a 32-megapixel selfie cam, and a 128GB memory expandable by up to 512GB.

  • Camera: 24-megapixel (combined with 8- and 2-megapixel sub-cams)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 (BLE)
  • A flagship-class 2019 smartphone, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom offers a triple camera enabled for 10x telephoto zooming, a notch-free 6.6-inch On-Cell AMOLED display with an embedded fingerprint reader, and an eight-core 2.84GHz processor.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 13-megapixel periscope cam and an 8-megapixel wide-angle cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Blackview BV9700 Pro is a rugged smartphone primarily aimed at field workers, listing a night vision camera, a 4380mAh battery, and a water-tight housing among its key specs.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel sub-cam -- it also has an external night vision camera)
  • The Huawei Honor 20 is a smartphone for mobile photographers, listing a four-lens camera (It has a 48-megapixel main lens), a high-class 32-megapixel in-display selfie cam, and a 2.6GHz eight-core engine among its key specs.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel wide-angle cam, a 2-megapixel macro cam, and a 2-megapixel depth cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Huawei Honor 20 Pro is a camera-first smartphone equipped with a four-lens camera system enabled for flagship-class digital zooming (up to 30x), a 32-megapixel in-display selfie shooter, and 8GB's worth of RAM.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel wide-angle cam, an 8-megapixel telephoto cam, and a 2-megapixel macro cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The OnePlus 7 Pro is a high-caliber 2019 smartphone banking on things like a 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED 1440p screen, an eight-core 2.84GHz engine combined with 12GB's worth of RAM, and a flagship-worthy triple camera.

  • 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)
  • The Motorola One Vision is a multimedia- and photography-oriented upmarket smartphone whose perks include an elongated 6.3-inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, a 48- plus 5-megapixel dual camera, and a 25-megapixel selfie cam.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (EDR + BLE)
  • The Huawei P Smart Z is a semi-flagship-class smartphone whose 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera is accompanied by a notch-less 6.6-inch 19.5:9 display and an appreciable 4000mAh battery.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 2-megapixel sub-cam)
  • The Asus Zenfone 6 2019 is a flagship Android phone boasting a promising 48- plus 13-megapixel dual-lens flip camera, a 6.4-inch Gorilla-Glass-6-finished display, and a flagship-class 2.84GHz eight-core processor.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 13-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (EDR, aptX/aptX HD support)
  • The 2019 OnePlus 7 is an upscale smartphone rigged with a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED 19.5:9 display, an eight-core processor peaking at 2.84GHz, and an encouraging dual camera headlined by a 48-megapixel main lens.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (with aptX/aptX HD support)
  • The Huawei Y5 2019 is a somewhat fashionable (by low-end smartphone standards) 2019 model whose faux leather finish is accompanied by a 3020mAh battery and a relatively-wide 5.7-inch 19:9 dewdrop-notch screen.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • The Google Pixel 3a XL is an Android phablet banking heavily on its 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel main camera, 6-inch 18:9 OLED FHD+ (1080p) screen, and 3700mAh battery.

  • Camera: 12.2-megapixel (dual-pixel cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE with aptX/aptX HD support)
  • A Google-branded mid-level Android phone, the Google Pixel 3a banks on a 4K-video-capable (2160p) 12.2-megapixel main camera, a 5.6-inch 18.5:9 display, and a 3000mAh battery.

  • Camera: 12.2-megapixel (dual-pixel cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE + aptX/aptX support)
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