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phones with NFC

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. 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 Note 10 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus with NFC

There are a lot of similarities between the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus. Both pack the Snapdragon 855 or the Exynos 9825 chipset, sport an in-display fingerprint scanner, and have an NFC chip. They also feature the S Pen, which has a few new tricks up its sleeve — check them out here.

However, the Plus model offers more overall. It has a larger display with a higher resolution, more RAM, a larger battery, and an additional camera at the back — a ToF sensor. It also supports expandable storage.

Both phones are aimed at demanding users and can handle just about any task you throw at them. Just keep in mind that neither of them have a headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

2. High-end honorable mention: Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro smartphone 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, aims 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. And since the phone was released before the Huawei ban debacle, future software updates are expected to be unaffected.

Huawei P30 Pro specs:

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

3. High-end honorable mention: OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus 7T Pro front

The OnePlus 7T Pro packs the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset along with as much as 12GB of RAM under the hood if you go with the McLaren Edition. 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 90Hz refresh rate and three rear cameras.

Related: All the 2019 OnePlus phones compared

However, the handset does have a few drawbacks. It doesn’t have an official IP rating, lacks a headphone jack, and doesn’t support wireless charging. Nevertheless, it’s still one of the best phones with an edge display you can get.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is also a great option for those looking for a phone with a curved screen. It has the Snapdragon 855 chipset instead of the 855 Plus and comes with a slightly smaller battery. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same as the 7T Pro, which is good news for US buyers as the OnePlus 7T Pro isn’t coming to North America.

OnePlus 7T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,085mAh
  • Software: Android 10

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

Pixel 3a standing up on table

The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are the mid-range siblings to the higher-end Google Pixel 3 and 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
  • 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
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

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 was announced at IFA 2019 and is available in the US. 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 A50

NFC-enabled Samsung Galaxy A50

In his review, our very own Dhruv Bhutani said that the Galaxy A50 is “Samsung’s best mid-ranger in years.” It offers decent specs, a great design, and a versatile triple-camera setup, among other things.

The phone sports a large 6.4-inch display with a notch, 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.

The unlocked variant of the Galaxy A50 has recently launched in the US and is currently the best option for those looking for a mid-range Samsung device — you can get it via the button below.

Samsung Galaxy A50 specs:

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

7. Best budget phone with NFC: Nokia 4.2

Nokia 4.2 - phones with NFC

The Nokia 4.2 is the best budget phone 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.

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 8T

Redmi Note 8T back

The Redmi Note 8T offers more when it comes to specs and features than the Nokia 4, but it’s quite a bit more expensive. It’s also not as widely available as Nokia’s budget handset, as it was not released in the US.

The phone sports great cameras for the price, has a headphone jack on board, and features NFC for mobile payments. You’ll find the mid-range Snapdragon 665 under the hood along with as much as 6GB of RAM. The phone also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and can handle two SIM cards at the same time.

There are some drawbacks to consider, though. One of them is Xiaomi’s MIUI skin, which leaves a lot to be desired. There’s also a huge camera bump at the back, which looks weird and can get annoying.

Redmi Note 8T specs:

Display: 6.3.inch, Full HD+
SoC: Snapdragon 665
RAM: 3/4GB
Storage: 32/64/128GB

Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
Front camera: 13MP
Battery: 4,000mAh
Software: Android 9.0 Pie

9. Budget honorable mention: Samsung Galaxy A20e

samsung Galaxy A20e

The Galaxy A20e has a lot going for it. It offers a modern design with relatively thin bezels and a small waterdrop notch up top. It also supports expandable storage, has a headphone jack, and comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The handset packs the Exynos 7884 chipset under the hood along with 3GB of RAM. There’s a dual-camera setup at the back that gets the job done, but don’t expect the world from it. Other specs and features worth mentioning include a 5.8-inch display, a 3,000mAh battery, and an 8MP selfie camera.

The Galaxy A20e a great phone for the price. It’s available in Europe but was not officially released stateside. Consumers in the US will have to go for the slightly better Galaxy A20, which also sports an NFC chip but is more expensive.

Samsung Galaxy A20e specs:

Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
SoC: Exynos 7784
Storage: 32GB

Cameras: 13 and 5MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 3,000mAh
Software: Android 9.0 Pie

There you have it these are the best phones with NFC in our opinion, although there are a lot of other great options out there. We’ll update this post with new models once the launch.

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