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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 smartphones have NFC on board these days, while the same can’t be said for mid-range and budget handsets. As such, it is sometimes tricky to find an NFC-enabled phone 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 phones with NFC 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.

Best high-end phone with NFC: Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus oone of the best phones with nfc

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are both IP68 rated for protection against water and dust. They both also feature wireless charging, headphone jacks, and sport a punch-hole display for a modern look. They also are some the best phones with NFC chips you can get today.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus offers the most of the two phones. It has the largest display, the biggest battery, and two front-facing cameras. Most of its other specs and features, including the in-display fingerprint scanner and the triple-camera setup, are the same as those of the regular Galaxy S10.

However, the regular Galaxy S10 has a smaller form factor and only includes one selfie camera on the front. Whichever one you choose, though, you’ll be getting one of the best smartphones currently on the market.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB and 1TB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP 
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Samsung Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP 
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

High-end honorable mention: Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro with nfc

The Huawei P30 Pro is all about photography. It packs a triple-camera setup — complete with a time-of-flight sensor — and brings one of the most versatile camera experiences out there. The 40MP main sensor, coupled with the 20MP wide-angle and 8MP telephoto lenses, aim to offer a solid photography experience whether you’re shooting landscape or portrait photos.

This is all backed by a fantastic spec sheet, a striking design, and new hardware features that give other 2019 flagships a run for their money.

And, of course, it also features an NFC chip, making it a worthy contender for one of the best smartphones on the market.

Huawei P30 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.47-inch, QHD
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128, 256, and 512GB
  • Rear cameras: 40, 20, and 8MP with TOF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

High-end honorable mention: OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro with nfc in use from behind

What makes the OnePlus 7 Pro one of the best phones with NFC is a combination of high-end specs, a great design, and a semi-affordable price tag. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10 family and the Huawei P30 Pro, the OnePlus 7 Pro starts at a reasonable $669 — and packs many of the same specs as its more expensive peers.

The OnePlus 7 Pro has a nifty pop-up selfie camera which allows its display to be all screen, with no notches or punch-hole cutouts to be found. It also comes in three cool colors, including Nebula Blue, Mirror Grey, and Almond.

OnePlus 7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6, 8, or 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 48, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Best mid-range phone with NFC: Google Pixel 3a or 3a XL

Pixel 3a standing up on table

The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are the mid-range siblings to the higher end Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The 3a family has some cheaper build materials and some downgraded specs, which allows it to be significantly cheaper, starting at just $399. However, it doesn’t skimp out on the camera, which is probably the best part of the Pixel experience.

Where the Pixel 3 family is made of glass, the Pixel 3a family is made of plastic. There’s a weaker processor on board, only one option for internal storage, and the display resolution isn’t as good. It does have a headphone jack, though, which its more expensive siblings lack.

And, of course, they both feature an NFC chip, which makes them the best mid-range phone with NFC you can buy today.

Google Pixel 3a specs:

  • Display: 5.6-inch, FHD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Google Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, FHD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Mid-range honorable mention: Motorola Moto G7

Moto G7 a phone with nfc

Starting at just $299, the Motorola Moto G7 is one of the best phones with NFC available in the mid-range market. You’re not going to get the same camera experience as you will on the Pixel 3a, but you’re going to save at least $100 and get a phone that will likely do everything you need.

The Moto G7 will work on any of the Big Four U.S. carriers which makes it an easy choice for nearly everyone. It’s large, 6.2-inch display is only slightly interrupted by a subtle waterdrop notch and the Motorola logo at the bottom. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back right underneath its dual camera setup.

If you’re looking for a solid phone under $300, you’re not going to find much better than this.

Motorola Moto G7 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Mid-range honorable mention: Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50 rear panel and triple camera

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is the first device in Samsung’s A-series to arrive in the United States. The device is promoted as “everything you need, nothing that you don’t,” which means it includes an NFC chip. That chip allows you to perform mobile payments through Samsung Pay.

The device has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It has a massive 4,000mAh battery, a triple-lens rear camera, and a tiny waterdrop notch, all for just $350.

Right now, the Galaxy A50 is only available on Verizon and Sprint but could come to T-Mobile and AT&T in the near future. If you don’t want to switch carriers, the Google Pixel 3a is your best bet for now.

Samsung Galaxy A50 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9610
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear cameras: 25, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Best budget phone with NFC: Nokia 3.1

Promotional imagery of the Nokia 3.1 smartphone. HMD Global

For just $140, you’re not going to get much power out of the Nokia 3.1. However, you will get NFC for that rock-bottom price, making this one of the best phones with NFC in the budget market.

The Nokia 3.1 comes with a relatively small 5.2-inch display with HD+ resolution. It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, a significant drop as compared to the Motorola Moto G7 — which, of course, is twice the price. It does come with Android 9 Pie, though, due to HMD Global’s commitment to keeping all of its handsets as up-to-date as possible.

You’re not going to get powerhouse performance out of this device, but it will do the basics of any smartphone, including Google Pay mobile payments with the NFC chip.

This device will not work on Verizon or Sprint but will work on AT&T, T-Mobile, or any GSM-based carrier.

Nokia 3.1 specs:

  • Display: 5.2-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek 6750
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Rear camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2,990mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie (ships with Oreo)

There you have it  these are the best phones with NFC in our opinion. However, there are a lot of other great options out there, so let us know in the comments which ones would you add to this list.

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