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 S20, S20 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in the hand with tracks
Samsung’s new Galaxy S series in 2020 is the S20, with the S20 Plus and the S20 Ultra as the more expensive variants. Forget the S20 Ultra here, it’s just too expensive, and more value S20 and S20 Plus each deliver hyper-powerful, super expensive options that really define the flagship landscape in 2020. 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 (for each one’s size), and surprisingly good software that gets consistently updated. And yes, NFC chip too.

Both the S20 and the S20 Plus have now come right down in price, including carrier deals to help pad the blow of the price tag quite a lot now. These tick many, many boxes, so it’s just about choosing if you need more from the S20 Plus, or the smaller S20, and without the full range of 5G capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/512GB
  • Cameras: 12MP Ultra Wide, 12MP wide-angle, 64MP telephoto
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10, One UI 2.0

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/512GB
  • Cameras: 12MP Ultra Wide, 12MP wide-angle, 64MP telephoto, DepthVision
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10


2. High-end honorable mention: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra pen leaning against phone

The Galaxy Note 20 series this year had a stumble that leads us to only recommend the Note 20 Ultra. In a normal year, we’d tell you that the choice between the Note 20 Ultra and the more wallet-friendly Note 20 is close. But, the only Note 20 you’ll want is the Ultra, the Note 20 just isn’t great for the money. Read our review of it here which called it overpriced and underbaked. Ouch!

It’s worth knowing of course that both the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have an NFC chip, and both have the S Pen, which has more tricks than ever up its sleeve.

But while the Note 20 Ultra is eye-wateringly expensive it does it all. The Ultra has top specs that will remain great for generations, including the fastest Snapdragon 865 Plus processor (or Exynos 990, depending on your location and outside of the USA). 

Just keep in mind that neither the Ultra or the vanilla Note 20 have a headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 108MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. High-end honorable mention: OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus 8 Pro vs OnePlus 8 backs

The OnePlus 8 Pro packs the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset along with as much as 12GB of RAM under the hood. It also features an in-display fingerprint sensor, a pop-up front-facing camera, and, of course, an NFC chip. It also sports a curved OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and three rear cameras, plus a fourth color filter camera. Plus, 5G.

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 a discount to the Samsung S20 range depending on what you need, carrier, and deals. Plus the 8 Pro display is absolutely top of the line. 

Interestingly, the OnePlus 7T is still a great option for those looking for a phone with great curved screen and best-of-2019 tech without all the bells and whistles. It has the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and high-end touches. But be quick, OnePlus has diminishing supplies of the 7T, so you may need to look at T-Mobile or other retailers.

OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

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

4. Best mid-range phone with NFC: Google Pixel 4a

Google Pixel 4a upper half of display with apps

Google’s first budget Pixel phone in the Pixel 3a was in this list before its successor arrived. And richly deserved: the Pixel 4a managed to lop $50 off the price while still offering very beneficial upgrades, including a faster Snapdragon 730G chipset, a slightly bigger battery (now 3,140mAh), and 128GB of fixed storage instead of 64GB seen in the older phone.

The Pixel 4a is getting brisk updates directly from Google, offers the headphone jack, and of course NFC. It doesn’t have some nice to have features like faster refresh rate screen or waterproofing but hey, it’s $350!

Our verdict: Google Pixel 4a review — Google’s best phone in years

It also packs that great camera from Google: our own David Imel says in his Pixel 4a review (seen above) that the phone delivers fantastic images in almost every situation.

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 10

5. Mid-range honorable mention: Motorola One Zoom

Motorola One Zoom - phones with NFC

The Motorola One Zoom is a mid-range phone with a quad-camera array on the back, giving you plenty of versatility when taking pictures. It comes with a large 6.39-inch display and packs the Snapdragon 675 chipset under the hood along with 4GB of RAM. The phone also sports a large 4,000mAh battery, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a headphone jack.

Despite its name, the Motorola One Zoom is not part of the Android One family. It runs Android Pie with the company’s skin on top, which is so minimal you could easily mistake it for stock Android. It’s a gorgeous device that stands out from the rest due to its eye-catching camera design at the back. It’s definitely one of the best mid-range phones with NFC you can get.

The One Zoom is available in the US, and across many parts of the globe. You can get it directly from Amazon via the button below.

Motorola One Zoom specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 675
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

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-ranger 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 on board, 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 4.2

Nokia 4.2 - phones with NFC

The Nokia 4.2 is the best phone under $150 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 two rear cameras. It even has a headphone jack.

Given its price tag, you can’t expect top-of-the-line performance, 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 pink, or black. Even pink looks good!

The unlocked version of the Nokia 4.2 is available in the US via Amazon — get it via the button below. But keep in mind that it’s a GSM device, so it won’t work on Sprint or Verizon.

Nokia 4.2 specs:

Display: 5.7-inch, HD+
SoC: Snapdragon 439
Storage: 32GB

Cameras: 13 and 2MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 3,000mAh
Software: Android 9 Pie

8. Budget honorable mention: Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro review home screen

The Redmi Note 8 Pro offers more when it comes to specs and features than the Nokia 4, but it’s a bit more expensive at about $230. It’s also not as widely available as Nokia’s budget handset, as it was not released in the US. But it will work on AT&T and T-Mobile, just not on Sprint or Verizon or any of these MVNOs.

The phone sports great cameras for the price, has a headphone jack on board, and features NFC for mobile payments. You’ll find the capable Mediatek Helio G90T under the hood and starts with as much as 6GB of RAM which is solid. The phone also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and can handle two SIM cards at the same time, plus a 4,500mAh battery is great. It’s a step-up from the Redmi Note 8T which is also worth considering, but the Note 8 Pro is far better and will last longer across all its capabilities.

There are some drawbacks to consider, though. One is a global warranty, which isn’t available in the US, and Xiaomi’s MIUI skin may not appeal. There’s also a huge camera bump at the back.

Redmi Note 8 Pro specs:

Display: 6.5 inch, Full HD+
SoC: Mediatek Helio G90T
Storage: 64/128GB

Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
Front camera: 20MP
Battery: 4,500mAh
Software: Android 9.0 Pie

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. Of course, deals and bargains may crop up, and in that case Android Authority covers those with particular deal posts, for example, you can always check out the latest Galaxy deals on our Samsung Galaxy deals hub.. We’ll update this post with new models once they launch, and they’re confirmed to have NFC.

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority
Credit: David Imel / Android Authority
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