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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 a phone with NFC and 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.

The 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. Samsung Galaxy S21 family

Samsung Galaxy S21 phones with nfc
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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

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. 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

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are nearly twins this year, 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 are great phones with NFC for all of your wireless needs.

You may not look forward to moving 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. OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 Pro phone with nfc
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OnePlus finally seems to have accepted its place among killer flagships rather than flagship killers in 2021, but these latest devices finally have a price tag to match. The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro pack the Snapdragon 888 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. 

Related: OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, and OnePlus 9R buyer’s guide

With the 9 Pro, we’re now seeing an official IP rating, blistering 50W wireless charging, but there’s no return for the headphone jack. It’s basically top of the line in nearly every way, and the 9 Pro display is absolutely top of the line. You won’t find IP ratings on the standard OnePlus 9 if you buy unlocked, but the carrier versions come IP67 rated as T-Mobile is footing the bill. It also packs 15W wireless charging, which is better than none at all.


OnePlus 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Google Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, and 5

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 features like a faster refresh rate screen or waterproofing, but hey, it starts 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

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. Xiaomi Mi 11 series

Mi 11 Ultra phone with nfc
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There’s always a race to bring Qualcomm’s latest hardware to market, and this year the crown belongs to Xiaomi. The Mi 11 series was the first to land with the Snapdragon 888 onboard, and all three models are excellent phones with NFC.

You can pick up the classic Xiaomi Mi 11 or take things a little further with the Mi 11 Pro and get similar specs either way. Both phones pack the same processor, display size, and storage options, so the real choice comes in your preferred camera and battery setup.

The standard model packs a 108MP, 13MP, 5MP rear array with a 4,600mAh battery, while the premium sibling jumps to 5,000mAh. It swaps the 108MP lens for a 50MP option, and the 5MP macro jumps to an 8MP periscope telephoto option.

Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra is what happens when you take the solid Mi 11 and crank it to 11. It packs everything from a Snapdragon 888 chipset to an NFC chip, and you can’t miss the massive camera bump.

See also: Xiaomi Mi 11 series buyer’s guide

You’ll get a massive 6.81-inch display, 5G connectivity, and an IR blaster for your money, too. However, it’s the incredible camera setup that sets the Mi 11 Ultra apart. You’ll find a 50MP main shooter as well as a pair of 48MP options and a 20MP selfie shooter to go with it. If you prefer a crisper selfie, the back camera bump has a small display so you can preview your snaps without ever turning the camera.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra ships with Android 11 right out of the box and tops out with 256GB of storage. You even get 12GB of RAM to keep your apps and games running at top speeds.


Xiaomi Mi 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G in the sun
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Galaxy A52 5G is a solid new midrange phone with NFC, and it’s a tick up from last year’s A51, which had a great display but iffy performance at times. With the A52 5G coming under $500 even before deals, it offers decent specs, a great design, a sharp display, and a versatile quad-camera setup, among other things.

That 6.5-inch display is surprisingly good, while you’ll also get an in-display fingerprint scanner and a 4,500mAh battery. It supports up to 1TB of expandable storage, has a headphone jack onboard, and is equipped with an NFC chip that can make payments via Samsung Pay, among other things. Of course, it’s not the fastest device ever made, but it’s more capable than the Galaxy A51, and the battery is a full 500mAh larger.

The Galaxy A52 5G has recently launched in the US, and your best bet is to head right to Samsung at the button below.


Samsung Galaxy A52 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 12, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Poco F3

Poco F3 phone with NFC
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The Poco F3 is a great phone under €349 with NFC. It’s super affordable but still has plenty to offer. The handset has a modern design with a premium build quality and sports three rear cameras. It even has an unbelievable Snapdragon 870 chipset for the price.

You may not be blown away by the Poco F3’s software, but the build quality is impressive, and the 4,520mAh battery packs the power to last all day and more. There’s no headphone jack on the F3, but it covers you with Wi-Fi 6, Dual-SIM support, an IR blaster, and more. The triple camera array didn’t exactly blow us away, but the 48MP main sensor offers decent flexibility backed by an 8MP ultra-wide and a 5MP telemacro lens.

Poco hasn’t launched the F3 stateside, and it may not do so in the future. Instead, you can grab it unlocked on Amazon Germany via the button below.


Poco F3 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,520mAh
  • Software: Android 11

8. OnePlus Nord N200

OnePlus Nord N200 5G rear to the right
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Even though OnePlus has been trending towards the premium category over the last few years, the Nord N200 shows that it can still handle the budget realm. After all, this version of the Nord is right there with the least expensive devices that OnePlus has ever made.

The OnePlus Nord N200 is far from a flashy character, but it’s a great buy if you’re on a budget and want Android 11 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 N200 isn’t really a powerhouse in any category — the processor is limited, and the camera isn’t the best, but it does offer affordable 5G.

That being said, the battery life is impressive on this little device. OnePlus packed a 5,000mAh cell into the N200, which is plenty enough to get by. You’ll also have NFC to work with on this phone, which is really the reason why we’re here. Eric gave the OnePlus Nord N200 a test run, and you can check out his thoughts here.


OnePlus Nord N200 specs:

  • Display: 6.49-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

9. Oppo Find X3 Pro

Oppo Find X3 Pro phone with NFC
Adam Molina / Android Authority

Our next phone with NFC brings us to Oppo with a healthy dose of space-age style. The Find X3 Pro may be one of the most fingerprint-prone phones of all time, yet we can’t help but stare at the brilliant design.

See also: Oppo Find X3 Pro buyer’s guide

The Find X3 Pro isn’t the most affordable NFC-enabled phone on our list, but the good news is that it comes with very few sacrifices. You’re looking at four rear cameras, though only two of them are truly “Pro” worthy. The battery life is also excellent, and 65W fast charging keeps your outlet time to a minimum. We can also get behind the 120Hz display and included IP rating for durability.

Again, the Find X3 Pro is an absolute fingerprint magnet. You might find yourself wiping down the rear glass constantly, which isn’t for everyone. You’ll also have to keep Oppo’s charger handy, as the device only uses SuperVOOC for top-speed charges.


Oppo Find X3 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 50, 13, and 3MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

10. Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro

Redmi Note 10 Pro rear panel
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The last phone with NFC on our list comes courtesy of Redmi. The Note 10 and its powerful sibling, the Note 10 Pro, are some of the newest phones on the list, and they offer plenty of value. You won’t find 5G-capability on either model, but you shouldn’t have to go further than $200 for the base model.

See also: Redmi Note 10 series buyer’s guide

If you choose the standard Redmi Note 10, you’ll get a 6.43-inch Full HD+ display, a Snapdragon 678 chipset, and a solid 5,000mAh battery. Should you go for the premium Note 10 Pro instead, that kicks up to a 6.67-inch display with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G chip. It packs a slightly larger 5,020mAh battery, and you’ll trade your 48MP main shooter for a 108MP option.

There are plenty of colorful finishes to choose from, and your best bet for US-based delivery is from Giztop right now. Check out the pricing down below:


Redmi Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 678
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Redmi Note 10 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 732G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Software: Android 11

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.