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NFC stands for Near Field Communication and lets you quickly share various files with other mobile devices, make payments via services like Google Pay, and more. It’s become an invaluable tool for the modern smartphone user. Most high-end phones have NFC on board these days, while the same can’t be said for mid-range and budget handsets which is surprising but true. As such, it is sometimes tricky to find an NFC-enabled handset with the features you want at a price that fits your budget.

If you’re in the market for an NFC-enabled smartphone, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the best ones at different price points below.

Best phones with NFC:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best phones with NFC regularly as new devices launch.


1. Best high-end phone with NFC: Samsung Galaxy S21 family

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S series in 2021 includes the S21, with the S21 Plus and the S21 Ultra as the more expensive variants. The S21 Ultra may be the most expensive of the bunch, but it’s finally grown into the Ultra name. You get the usual stuff you get from the Galaxy S lineup, including top-of-the-line specs, excellent availability, a great camera, a great screen, large batteries, and good software that gets consistently updated.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 buyer’s guide

Both the S21 and the S21 Plus are some of the most affordable Galaxy devices yet, with the smallest device starting at just $799. These tick almost every box you can find, so it’s just about choosing what you need. All three devices come 5G-ready, and you’ll find an NFC chip right at home on each one


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 10, 10, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. High-end honorable mention: Apple iPhone 12 family

iPhone 12 Pro full back in hand against water

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We may be an Android-centric website, but it’s not easy to simply brush the iPhone 12 under the rug. Apple’s flagship family now includes four models, including one of the best small flagships you can get, the iPhone 12 Mini.

See also: Apple iPhone 12 buyer’s guide

This year, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are nearly twins, each with a 6.1-inch notched display. You’ll only find two rear cameras on the 12 and 12 Mini, while the two Pro models sport triple camera arrays. No matter which device you choose, all of Apple’s latest phones are 5G ready with A14 Bionic chips onboard. All four versions are even NFC-ready for all of your wireless needs.

You may not look forward to a move from Android to iOS, but it’s easier than ever to switch. Apple offers a near rainbow of color options, and we won’t judge you for changing.


Apple iPhone 12 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, Super Retina XDR
  • SoC: A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,227mAh
  • Software: iOS 14

Apple iPhone 12 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Super Retina XDR
  • SoC: A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14

Apple iPhone 12 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Super Retina XDR
  • SoC: A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Super Retina XDR
  • SoC: A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 108MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,687mAh
  • Software: iOS 14

3. High-end honorable mention: OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T

OnePlus 8T vs OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro showing camera modules

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The OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8, and OnePlus 8T pack the Snapdragon 865 chipset along with as much as 12GB of RAM under the hood. They also feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, crisp cameras, and, of course, NFC chips. They also sport 6.55-inch displays on the 8 and 8T, and a larger 6.78-inch option on the premium 8 Pro.

Related: OnePlus 8 buyer’s guide: Everything you need to know

With the 8 Pro we’re now seeing an official IP rating, wireless charging, but still drops the headphone jack. It’s basically top of the line in nearly every way, and the 8 Pro display is absolutely top of the line. You won’t find IP ratings on the other two if you buy unlocked, but the carrier versions come IP67 rated as Verizon and T-Mobile are footing the bill.


OnePlus 8 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 48MP + 5MP color filter
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 8T specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Best mid-range phone with NFC: Google Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, and 5

Google Pixel 4a 5G next to 4a backs

Google’s first budget Pixel phone in the Pixel 3a was on this list before its successor arrived in the Pixel 4a. Now, Google has outdone itself again in the mid-range department by pairing the Pixel 4a with the even more powerful Pixel 4a 5G and pseudo-flagship Pixel 5. While they’re a bit more expensive than their smaller sibling, the Snapdragon 765G processor is everything you need to tap into 5G speeds on the 4a 5G and 5. However, we’re really here to talk about just how good the models are.

Both the Pixel 4a and 4a 5G are getting brisk updates directly from Google, offer the headphone jack, and of course NFC. The biggest choice you’ll have to make is whether you want 5G or not. It doesn’t have some nice to have features like a faster refresh rate screen or waterproofing, but hey, they start at $349. If you spring for the Pixel 5, you’ll get wireless charging and a bioresin construction, but no headphone jack.

Our verdict: Google Pixel 4a 5G review — Perfectly balanced, as all Pixels should be

It just might be the perfect balance between a true value device and a Pixel powerhouse: our own Ollie Cragg says in his Pixel 4a 5G review that it might be the best mid-ranger ever made. David Imel put the Pixel 4a through its paces, and you can read all of his thoughts here.


Google Pixel 4a 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Google Pixel 4a specs:

  • Display: 5.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,140mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Google Pixel 5 specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,080mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Mid-range honorable mention: Xiaomi Mi 10T and 10T Pro

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro rear view in the sand

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Xiaomi’s Mi 10T occupies a unique space that’s closer to a flagship than a midrange device. It packs a powerful Snapdragon 865 chipset, so it’s far more affordable than its iPhone and Galaxy rivals.

See also: Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro review

You’ll get a massive 6.67-inch display, 5G connectivity, and an NFC chip for your money on both devices. However, it’s the specs that Xiaomi skipped over that knock the 10T and 10T Pro into the midrange category. You won’t find creature comforts like wireless charging, an in-display fingerprint reader, or an IP rating on either device. On the other hand, you’ll get a large 5,000mAh battery and speedy 33W wired charging.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T and 10T Pro ship with Android 10 that you can upgrade to Android 11, though it’s running on the MIUI 12 skin. It may not be for everyone, but there’s a lot to like about the impressive features.


Xiaomi Mi 10T specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Mid-range honorable mention: Samsung Galaxy A51

Samsung Galaxy A51 back face down

The Galaxy A51 is one of the best-selling phones across the board, and a tick up from last year’s A50, which was one of Samsung’s best mid-range phones in years. With the A51 coming under $300 even before deals, it offers decent specs, a great design, sharp display, and a versatile quad-camera setup, among other things. It’s all kinds of value, but it may be a little sluggish if you use a bunch of performance apps or play games.

That 6.5-inch display is surprisingly good, while you’ll also get an in-display fingerprint scanner and a 4,000mAh battery. It supports expandable storage, has a headphone jack onboard, and is equipped with an NFC chip that can be used to make payments via Samsung Pay, among other things. Of course, it’s not particularly fast, and may have some performance issues if you want to play the latest games. But it’ll handle browsing, can be loaded with useful apps with 128GB of storage, and it’s got a nice big display to see it all happen, plus the battery is big enough to make it last.

The Galaxy A51 has recently launched in the US, with Sprint or Verizon, and unlocked, and is currently the new best option for those looking for a mid-range Samsung device — you can get it, with a case, and an SD card, all for under $300, via the button below.


Samsung Galaxy A51 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9611
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Best budget phone with NFC: Nokia 5.4

nokia 5 4 colorways

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The Nokia 5.4 is the best phone under $300 with NFC you can get. It’s super affordable but still has plenty to offer. The handset has a modern design with relatively thin bezels, is part of the Android One family, and sports four rear cameras. It even has a front-facing punch hole camera.

You may not be blown away by the Nokia 5.4’s performance for your money, but the phone is powerful enough to handle the usual day-to-day tasks like checking emails, browsing social media, watching cat videos on Youtube, as so on. It’s a great buy in both Dusk and Polar Night.

The unlocked version of the Nokia 5.4 is available in the US via Amazon — get it via the button below. It’s even a dual-SIM device, surprisingly enough.


Nokia 5.4 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 662
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Budget honorable mention: OnePlus Nord N100

OnePlus Nord N100 in the hand showing the home screen

Even though OnePlus has been trending towards the premium category over the last few years, the Nord N100 shows that it can still handle the budget realm. After all, this version of the Nord is the least expensive device that OnePlus has ever made.

The OnePlus Nord N100 is far from a flashy character, but it’s a great buy if you’re on a budget and you want Android 10 software running OxygenOS. You’re also looking at a triple camera setup, an all-plastic build, and a headphone jack to boot. Unfortunately, the OnePlus Nord N100 isn’t really a powerhouse in any category — the processor is limited, the screen is too fast for the rest of the hardware, and the camera wanders into some classic OnePlus pitfalls.

That being said, the battery life is impressive on this little device. OnePlus packed a 5,000mAh cell into the N100, which is plenty enough to get by. You’ll also have NFC to work with, which is really the reason why we’re here. Ryan-Thomas gave the OnePlus Nord N100 a test run, and you can check out his thoughts here.


OnePlus Nord N100 specs:

  • Display: 6.52-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 460
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

9. Budget honorable mention: Nokia 3.4

nokia 3.4 front

Our last NFC-ready device keeps things budget-friendly and brings us right back to Nokia. It’s one of the more capable entry-level devices that Nokia has crafted, which is saying a lot considering the company’s storied history.

The 3.4 slots in at the sub-$200 price point, yet it doesn’t sacrifice screen real estate or too many features to keep the cost low. You’re looking at a triple rear-camera setup, a punch-hole selfie shooter, and what Nokia calls a two-day battery. HMD’s Nokia 3.4 is also one of the first devices to launch with the Snapdragon 460 platform, which should offer a processing boost.

You won’t get high-end RAM or storage, but that’s not who the Nokia 3.4 is aimed at, anyway. A textured charcoal finish and the large 6.39-inch HD+ display help to add a bit of luxury to an all-around affordable device, and the Nokia 3.4 looks nearly identical to the higher-end Nokia 5.3.


Nokia 3.4 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 460
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

There you have it these are the best phones with NFC in our opinion. This isn’t every phone with NFC, but it is intended to show you better options.