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
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Given its compound rank of 92%, we conclude that the is currently Phonerated's best phone 2019. Phonerated also concludes that our sample of 328 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level that prompts us to name it a "no-brainer best choice."

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 20-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (with aptX and aptX HD support)
  • Second Best
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    With its 4.5 stars averaged from 379 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 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.

  • 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)

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    Also Good
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    #3
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    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.

  • 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
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    #4
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    Great
    Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

    A flagship phablet designed for a sophisticated clientele, the S-Pen-equipped Samsung Galaxy Note9's specs include a 6.4-inch 2K-1440p screen, an octa-core 2.8GHz processor accompanied by water-carbon cooling, and a dual 12-megapixel camera.

  • Camera: Dual 12-megapixel (one telephoto cam, one wide-angle cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • Also Good
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    #5
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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)
  • Also Good
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    #6
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    4.5
    Confidence
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    High

    A multimedia-focused smartphone, the Sony Xperia XZ3's specs consist of a 6-inch QHD+ display with HDR up-conversion, a 2.8GHz octa-core processor, and a 19-megapixel main camera capable of capturing 960fps slow-motion videos.

  • Camera: 19-megapixel (Motion Eye Cam)
  • DLNA?: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Also Good
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    #7
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    4.5
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    High

    The UMIDIGI F1 Play is a photography-first phablet packing a 48- plus 8-megapixel dual rear camera, a 5150mAh battery, and a 6.3-inch display with an expansive aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • Also Good
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    #8
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    4.5
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    Great

    The 2018 Huawei Mate 20 Lite is a high-class photography smartphone whose 24- plus 2-megapixel selfie cam and dual-lens rear cam are accompanied by specs like a 6.3-inch 19.5:9 display and a 1GHz Mali-G51 GPU.

  • Camera: 20-megapixel (combined with a 2-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 (BLE -- with HWA, aptX, and aptX HD support)
  • Also Good
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    #9
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    4.5
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    High

    With its wide 7.2-inch display, the Huawei Mate 20 X is a high-class phablet whose specs include a triple rear camera (It has a 40-megapixel primary lens), a 24-megapixel selfie cam, and a 5000mAh battery pack.

  • Camera: 40-megapixel (RGB lens combined with a 20-megapixel wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (BLE)
  • Also Good
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    #10
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    Score:
    4
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

    The Cubot King Kong 3 is an IP68-rated, high-stamina rugged phone boasting a 6000mAh battery cell, a 2.5GHz octa-core processor, and a 16- plus 2-megapixel dual main camera.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 2-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • 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)
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    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 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
  • *
    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 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)
  • The Samsung Galaxy A60 is a photography-first semi-high-end phablet featuring a triple camera system, a 6.3-inch notch-less display with a wide 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 6GB of RAM.

  • Camera: 32-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel wide-angle cam and a 5-megapixel depth cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • The Samsung Galaxy A20e is a budget smartphone whose key perks include a 13- plus 5-megapixel dual camera, a 5.8-inch 19.5:9 HD+ (1560 x 720) display, and a dual-cluster 1.6GHz octa-core processor.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel wide-angle cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • The Blackview BV5500 Pro is a budget-class rugged smartphone rigged with a shock-resistant housing, a robust 4400mAh battery, a basic dual rear camera.

  • Camera: 8-megapixel (combined with a 0.3-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • The Oppo Reno is a photography-driven flagship phone rigged with a highly-competitive 48- plus 5-megapixel camera, a swivel-out 16-megapixel selfie cam, and 8GB of RAM.

  • Camera: 48-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • A high-endurance phablet, the UMIDIGI Power is equipped with a 5150mAh battery, a 16-megapixel selfie camera, and a large 6.3-inch 19.5:9 In-Cell LTPS display.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • The DOOGEE Y8 Plus is a wide 6.21-inch (19:9 aspect ratio) budget smartphone armed with an appreciable 4000mAh battery, a dual rear camera, and a basic 2GHz four-core engine.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel sub-cam)
  • The DOOGEE S40 is an entry-level rugged smartphone whose drop-ready and waterproof shell is accompanied by a hearty 4650mAh battery pack promising a 105-hour browsing time and double-lens primary camera.

  • Camera: 8-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • The NUU Mobile G4 is a semi-high-end smartphone banking on specs like a 16- plus 8-megapixel dual camera, a 6.2-inch FHD+ (1080p) IPS screen, and a 6GB RAM.

  • Camera: 16-megapixel (combined with an 8-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • The NUU Mobile G3 Plus is a middle-class smartphone featuring a large 4000mAh battery pack, a double-lens camera (13- plus 5-megapixel lenses), and a wide 5.7-inch 720p 18:9 display.

  • Camera: 13-megapixel (combined with a 5-megapixel sub-cam)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
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