3 Best (Smart) Phones with NFC in 2020

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Winner
Samsung Galaxy S20+ Plus 5G Factory Unlocked New Android Cell Phone US Version | 128GB of Storage | Fingerprint ID and Facial Recognition | Long-Lasting Battery | Black (SM-G986UZKAXAA)
Best Price
Huawei Mate 20 Pro LYA-L29 128GB + 6GB - Factory Unlocked International Version - GSM ONLY, NO CDMA - No Warranty in The USA (Emerald Green)
ASUS ROG Phone 2 (ZS660KL) Smartphone 128GB ROM 8GB RAM Snapdragon 855 Plus 6000 mAh NFC Android 9.0 - GSM Only International Version, No Warranty (Black)
Model
Galaxy S20+ Plus 5G
Mate 20 Pro
ROG Phone 2
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent June 2020
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good April 2020
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Samsung
Huawei
Asus
Display Diagonal Size
6.4 inch
6.39 inch
6.59 inch
Storage
128 GB
128 GB
128 GB
Battery Capacity
4,500 mAh
4,200 mAh
6,000 mAh
RAM
8 GB
6 GB
8 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
1 lb
0.99 lbs
0.53 lbs
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Best Performance
  • Very good OLED display with 120 Hertz
  • Great photo quality & new "single take" feature
  • Great Performance
  • Best Price
  • Triple camera with ultra wide angle lens
  • Excellent performance
  • Beautiful 120-Hertz display
  • Great for Gaming
Cons
  • Expensive Price Tag
  • NanoSD instead of MicroSD slot
  • High Price Tag
Winner
Samsung Galaxy S20+ Plus 5G Factory Unlocked New Android Cell Phone US Version | 128GB of Storage | Fingerprint ID and Facial Recognition | Long-Lasting Battery | Black (SM-G986UZKAXAA)
Model
Galaxy S20+ Plus 5G
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent June 2020
Manufacturer
Samsung
Display Diagonal Size
6.4 inch
Storage
128 GB
Battery Capacity
4,500 mAh
RAM
8 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
1 lb
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Best Performance
  • Very good OLED display with 120 Hertz
  • Great photo quality & new "single take" feature
Cons
  • Expensive Price Tag
Best Price
Huawei Mate 20 Pro LYA-L29 128GB + 6GB - Factory Unlocked International Version - GSM ONLY, NO CDMA - No Warranty in The USA (Emerald Green)
Model
Mate 20 Pro
Test Result
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Huawei
Display Diagonal Size
6.39 inch
Storage
128 GB
Battery Capacity
4,200 mAh
RAM
6 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
0.99 lbs
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Great Performance
  • Best Price
  • Triple camera with ultra wide angle lens
Cons
  • NanoSD instead of MicroSD slot
ASUS ROG Phone 2 (ZS660KL) Smartphone 128GB ROM 8GB RAM Snapdragon 855 Plus 6000 mAh NFC Android 9.0 - GSM Only International Version, No Warranty (Black)
Model
ROG Phone 2
Test Result
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Asus
Display Diagonal Size
6.59 inch
Storage
128 GB
Battery Capacity
6,000 mAh
RAM
8 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
0.53 lbs
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Beautiful 120-Hertz display
  • Great for Gaming
Cons
  • High Price Tag

We tested and chose the Best Smartphones with NFC in terms of Display Quality, Performance, Battery Life and more.

You can see the results of the Test above in our Ranking. Below you will find the in-depth tests of each Smartphone and additional info about the NFC technology.

Smartphone with NFC: How the wireless data transmission works

Although near-field communication – or NFC for short – is not a new invention, it has only recently been taken into account in the production of smartphones. It makes it possible to send small files such as contact data, small pictures or even MP3 files to another smartphone with NFC.

It is important, however, that the devices touch each other or have only a very small distance between them.

This makes NFC a very secure communication channel and for many people it is a supplement or even alternative to WLAN and Bluetooth. Unwanted spying is almost impossible here. This is why NFC is also offered as a payment option. Smaller amounts of money are recorded by an NFC-capable scan device in the store and are billed with the next mobile phone bill.

Many users therefore like to use their mobile phone with NFC if they want to avoid carrying cash. This is particularly helpful when going to concerts or the cinema.

Which smartphones are equipped with NFC?

Anyone looking for a new smartphone naturally wants to benefit from the latest technical innovations. But which manufacturers actually produce mobile phones with NFC and which smartphone is particularly recommendable?

The best thing, of course, is to look directly in the product description to see whether the smartphone is equipped with the technology.

However, if you are still completely undecided, you will probably want an overview of NFC smartphones. A professional NFC smartphone test is particularly practical in this case, in which current models are closely examined.

Experts assess the various functions of the phones and evaluate the devices in terms of workmanship, quality, price-performance ratio, usability and other purchase criteria.

Often, such a test not only provides an overview of currently popular smartphones, but also an NFC smartphone leaderboard. Well-known leading manufacturers, which are considered in almost every smartphone NFC test, are the following:

  • Samsung
  • HTC
  • LG
  • Sony

Samsung in particular has produced a large number of different smartphones with which near field communication is possible.

Therefore, there are already mobile phones with NFC available from this brand at entry-level prices. But especially high-quality new models are equipped with the new technology. This naturally means a higher investment.

Advantages of Smartphones with NFC

  • Cashless payments possible
  • Wireless transfer of small files between NFC mobile phones possible
  • Superior safety
  • Simple usage

Disadvantages of Smartphones with NFC

  • Relatively new technology, not all mobile phones have it
  • Only small files can be transferred

Where do i find the best Smartphones with NFC ?

New mobile phone without contract? Price comparison helps, because newer mobile phones in particular have the NFC function, many providers advertise with a contract. However, the conclusion of a contract is not always worthwhile.

Frequently, these are overpriced tariffs that include useless options. In some cases, however, the conclusion of a contract can save money as well. The best way to find out whether the contract is worthwhile or not is to compare prices online. Here you search for the respective NFC smartphone to find out the purchase price without a contract.

Especially if a smartphone has emerged as the winner of our Best Phones with NFC test, the purchase can be worthwhile. Comparison winners convince by simple handling and great processing and are therefore not quite cheap. That’s why we always have a ‘Best Price’ category winner, which you will find in the Ranking above, if you are on a budget.

Ranking First: Samsung Galaxy S20+ Plus 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G review

Pros

  • Best Performance
  • Very good OLED display with 120 Hertz
  • Great photo quality & new “single take” feature

Cons

  • Expensive Price Tag

This year, Samsung is not only breaking with its naming tradition and naming the new Galaxy S trio “Galaxy S20” to match the year 2020, but the manufacturer is also putting a new model at the top of its portfolio: the giant Galaxy S20 Ultra. For those who find this a number too extravagant, the Galaxy S20 Plus is an equally excellent smartphone that – as this test shows – has nothing to hide from the more expensive Ultra model – and at a better price.

Design

The look of the S20 Plus 5G is very modern. In comparison to its predecessor, the Galaxy S10 Plus, a lot has changed: The display has become a bit larger, now measuring 6.7 inches instead of 6.5 inches diagonally, because the remaining edges on the top and bottom are even narrower.

The S20 Plus 5G is no longer bent so much on the sides, so that changes in contrast on the sides or unwanted input are no longer an issue.

Despite the very large display, the S20 Plus 5G is still easy to use, but we find it partly exhausting with one hand. The hole for the front camera has now moved to the center and is considerably smaller. The second wide-angle front camera had to make way for this.

Overall, the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G’s glass case and aluminum frame feel very well made. In addition, the device is officially protected against water and dust damage in accordance with IP standard 68.

Nice: If you don’t feel like everyday grey or black, the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G also comes in a fresh looking blue. Compared to the S20 Ultra, the Plus model even looks almost plain, even though it has proud dimensions (162x74x8mm).

The camera module on the back is also much more discreet than on the Ultra model. This is hardly detrimental to the photo quality, as our laboratory test has shown.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G test

While the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G has a simpler camera setup than the Ultra, that doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer. Samsung uses four sensors here, arranged in a rectangle on the left side. In addition to the main sensor, an ultra-wide angle sensor – both with 12 megapixels – is also included.

This captures a wider viewing angle, which is useful for group shots, landscapes or even architecture. Samsung has a time-of-flight sensor for blurred portraits and a 64-megapixel telesensor for zoom shots.

The zoom photo ultimately has a resolution of 12 megapixels because the software combines pixels. On paper, the telesensor offers a 1.1x optical magnification. In combination with digital assistance, a hybrid zoom is created that enlarges subjects by a factor of 3.

Photo Quality

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G photos

To stay with the zoom for now: Compared to an optical triple zoom such as that of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, the zoom photo of the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G is not quite as sharp and detailed. Small fonts are clearly more blurred.

The Galaxy S20 Plus 5G can hold its own better than its predecessor: For this, we chose a 2x magnification in the camera and compared the photos with the optically 2x magnified photos of the Galaxy S10 Plus. Details and structures can be seen better on the photos of the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G, the photo is altogether sharper and more attractive.

An optical image stabilizer is available in both the ultra-wide-angle and the telescopic sensor and prevents photos and videos from being blurred quickly.

What we like about the test lab photos in the standard setting in daylight is that they turn out very detailed. Merely the strong sharpening disturbs us a bit. For example, the edges of objects look unnatural, a so-called “halo” wreath forms. We partly like the iPhone 11 Pro’s photos better in this respect.

Here, there is a slightly more noise visible, but it is more natural. Some details are lost in twilight, so that the S20 Plus 5Gdoesn’t quite come close to the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Huawei P30 Pro – but the quality is still very strong.

The Galaxy S20 Plus 5G allows video recording in 8K resolution at 24 frames per second for the first time. So far, however, only users of an 8K TV can take full advantage of the results. Alternatively, HD, Full-HD and UHD, each with 30 and 60 FPS, are still available.

In UHD at 30 frames per second, you can also record videos in real HDR with higher colour depth and a wider colour space if you wish.

A new feature is the Single Take camera mode. In this mode, a simple click on the shutter button in the camera app is all that is needed, after which the smartphone with NFC continuously records the scene for up to 10 seconds.

The device then sorts the results and finally outputs a selection of photo and video recordings under different filters, in slow motion or with a boomerang effect. The feature is fun and works well with the 10 megapixel front camera. By the way: Selfies work very well thanks to the autofocus.

Display

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G varaints

With its latest models, Samsung has already proven that the manufacturer knows how to build good displays. In the test, the OLED display convinced with strong colors and rich contrasts. In the “vivid” setting, it clearly surpasses the standard RGB color space with 151 percent.

Those who like it a bit more subtle can choose a “natural” display. Streaming fans get their money’s worth, because the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G covers 100 percent of the very large DCI-P3 color space relevant for HDR10 videos – the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G is also licensed for HDR10+ here.

When bright light falls on the sensor, the S20 Plus 5G reaches an extremely high maximum brightness of around 970 candelas per square meter (cd/m²) in automatic mode. This means that content outdoors can still be read excellently in sunshine.

If you turn the screen up manually in the living room at home, it still reaches a very good 466 cd/m². We measured here with 50 percent white content. The Galaxy S20 Plus 5G also displays small highlights in HDR videos extremely brightly – the screen can therefore also show its strengths in dark surroundings.

The S20 Plus 5G has an OLED display with the high resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels, also known as QHD+. In the standard setting, however, the screen “only” works with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels.

If you want more, switch to QHD+ resolution in the settings. The differences to Full HD+ are however within limits. Moreover, you can only activate the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G’ display novelty in Full HD resolution: the 120 hertz mode.

Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G backside

Users notice the higher refresh rate by an extremely fluid display, for example in animations, and the much smoother scrolling behaviour. We like the 120 hertz mode very much because we can immediately notice its advantages. However, we also notice the disadvantages: The battery life is shortened by more than 2 hours in the setting.

In the standard setting with 60 Hertz and Full-HD-Plus, the S20 Plus 5G with its 4,500 mAh battery lasts 11:41 hours in our online battery life test – a very good result. With 120 Hertz it only takes 9:29 hours.

In the test we dim the brightness to 200 cd/m² suitable for indoor use and let the smartphone with NFC continuously load and display videos and websites from the LTE network.

A script also simulates scroll and typing inputs. Even with a result of nine and a half hours, most should still get through the day well, but on days of intensive use it could be tight.

A loading process goes fast. Thanks to the included 25 watt adapter, the battery capacity increases from 0 to 100 percent in 96 minutes.

After half an hour, 53 percent of the battery is already charged and ready for use. Wireless charging is also back on board, this time also with up to 15 watts maximum power and an enlarged inductive surface. Wireless Power Share, i.e. the wireless charging of devices on the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G, also works a bit better.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G hands on

Samsung has integrated the system-on-chip Exynos 990, which it developed itself, into the new Galaxy S20 5G trio, an eight-core processor with a clock rate of up to 2.73 GHz.

The Plus model has 8 or 12 GB RAM at its side. In other regions, the manufacturer relies on the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, a similarly high-performance eight-core processor.

The Galaxy S20 Plus 5G reacts extremely quickly for all tasks, even those requiring high performance. In the PC Mark for Android, it scores just over 12,600 points and is thus well ahead of the Galaxy S10 Plus (7,500 points).

A lot has also changed in the graphics performance. It achieves a very strong result in the benchmark GFXBench – only the current iPhones are even faster.

On the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G, Android 10 runs under Samsung’s OneUI 2.1 user interface, whose look is a matter of taste. Regular updates should be available for two to three years.

However, experience has shown that especially the main version updates come with some delay. The security patch level of our test device is dated on March 1, 2020 at the time of testing, so it’s up-to-date.

Equipment

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G display

When it comes to equipment, Samsung offers just about everything your heart desires. The internal memory is either 128 GByte or enormous 512 GByte (only as 5G version). Should that not be enough, the memory can be expanded by up to 1 TByte via a microSD card.

Alternatively, a second SIM card finds room in the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G (hybrid slot). However, if you want to use dual SIM functionality and the expanded memory at the same time, you have the option of integrating a second electronic SIM card via the respective providers.

We liked the clear sound, as well as the good bass of the stereo loudspeaker very much in the test. NFC for cashless payment via Samsung Pay or Google Pay is also on board, as well as Bluetooth in the current version 5.0. Moreover, the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G supports WLAN-AC as well as the latest AX standard. LTE runs at up to 2,000 Mbps for download and up to 210 Mbps for upload.

Unfortunately, Samsung is eliminating the 3.5 millimeter jack; Galaxy S20 5G users will therefore have to switch to an adapter, USB-C headphones or a wireless alternative. Samsung only uses a USB type C port in the 3.1 standard. The manufacturer already took this step with its Galaxy Note 10 series.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G leaves hardly any wishes for a top smartphone with NFC unfulfilled in the test: It convinces with an outstanding display, top performance and great battery life.

In the new and optional 120 Hz mode, the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G responds particularly smoothly, but the mode reduces the battery life noticeably. The photo quality is also great, which is why the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G is ranking First on the Best Smartphones with NFC chip.

Ranking Second: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro review

Pros

  • Great Performance
  • Best Price
  • Triple camera with ultra wide angle lens

Cons

  • NanoSD instead of MicroSD slot

The Asus ROG Phone 2 isn’t aimed at just any smartphone user, but addresses a very special target group: gamers. You can already see that from the packaging.

A dynamically shaped black box with individual shiny red and black contrasts conveys that the buyer is dealing with a very special smartphone: Gaming is a top priority for the ROG Phone 2.

In the scope of delivery you will find a power supply unit, a USB-C charging cable, a table stand and air cooling. The smartphone with NFC supplies the cooling system with power as soon as the user connects it to the mobile phone.

There is a special connection for this. The optional fan also has a second headphone port and a second USB-C port. This is a useful accessory for playing together with headphones. Nice detail: the ROG symbol on the back of the cooler starts to glow when in use.

Design

ASUS ROG Phone 2 test

While the frame of the ROG Phone 2 is made of metal, glass is used on the back. The design of the back definitely stands out from the mass of smartphones due to numerous colour accents and shapes that are based on the structure of the packaging.

In addition, the ROG logo also lights up here when the smartphone is switched to the gaming mode “X-Mode”. Since the ROG Phone 2 with NFC is aimed at gamers and is often used to the extreme, the processor and co. heat up the smartphone quickly despite air cooling.

The glass on the backside makes sure that you won’t burn your hands even during a continuous gaming session.

Display

ASUS ROG Phone 2 display

The ROG Phone 2 displays content on a lush 6.6 inch screen. This is in 19.5:9 format and therefore very longish. In unadapted games, this can result in unattractive, large black display areas. At least the screen is also turned off in these places, because Asus relies on an OLED display with a maximum refresh rate of 120 hertz in the second generation of its gaming phone. In the settings you can determine whether the smartphone with NFC displays a maximum of 60, 90 or 120 frames per second.

This makes sense, because the higher the selected refresh rate, the higher the power consumption. We recommend setting the display to 90 hertz for a balanced experience. Compared to the conventional 60 hertz of any other smartphone, the use and operation seems much smoother.

However, the difference between 90 and 120 hertz is so marginal that the higher additional power consumption is hardly worth the effort. In our practical test, we had some of our editors scroll through the exact same YouTube feed twice – once at 90 hertz and once at 120 hertz refresh rate.

None of the editors noticed the difference until we resolved what we were testing (and even then hardly anyone noticed the difference).

The screen of the Asus ROG Phone 2 resolves with Full HD Plus (2,340 x 1,080 pixels) and thus reaches a pixel density of a good 391.18 ppi.

This resolution is okay, but doesn’t set any records. At maximum level the screen reaches a brightness of a strong 727 cd/m². It is therefore easy to read even on bright days in the sun. Only the color temperature is a bit cool: The ROG Phone 2 displays white image content with a slightly bluish tinge.

Performance

ASUS ROG Phone 2 gaming

Probably the biggest expectation buyers can have of the Asus ROG Phone 2 is an enormous performance result. And the device also lives up to this expectation in our test: It is the fastest Android smartphone in our best list at the time of the test.

However, the gap to current OnePlus smartphones, which are also extremely fast, is hardly worth mentioning. In terms of performance, the Asus ROG Phone 2 overtakes the current competition from Samsung, Huawei and Co. more clearly.

Responsible for this is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, which works with eight cores and a maximum clock rate of about three gigahertz. In addition, the ROG Phone 2 already works with the new UFS 3.0 storage standard and can access a gigantic twelve gigabytes of RAM – more than is found in many laptops and computers.

The smartphone with NFC passed our test very well: The loading of a complex PDF file takes about four seconds and in the PC-Mark benchmark the ROG Phone 2 also reaches 10.703 points.

Important to mention: The ROG Phone 2 secures the marginally better performance rating in our test especially through a higher value in one of the graphic tests (GFXBench, Manhattan 3.1 onscreen).

The OnePlus devices don’t show more than 60 fps on the display here, although they could theoretically, while the ROG Phone 2 takes advantage of its higher refresh rate and provides an even smoother display with 75 fps.

Apart from that, the raw performance of this gaming phone and the other Android top models with Snapdragon 855-Plus processor is almost identical.

Camera

ASUS ROG Phone 2 camera

On the back of the ROG Phone 2 there are two cameras: In addition to a conventional lens, an ultra-wide angle camera allows more content to be captured on one image. But only the main camera is optically stabilized.

The image sensor has a resolution of 48 megapixels, although the camera pulls four pixels together to form one pixel to ensure better quality. So you effectively get 12 megapixel photos. The Asus records videos in a resolution of up to 4k at a maximum of 60 frames per second.

In our test, the ROG Phone 2 achieved a very good score in the “camera” category, including some technical data and laboratory measurements. However, we didn’t rate the image quality with the highest score in our subjective test, because the Asus sharpens recorded pictures considerably and still swallows some details.

It also draws the edges of recorded objects a bit too soft. Generally, good picture results can be produced with the ROG Phone 2, but hobby photographers and smartphone photographers don’t have to worry about the ROG Phone 2.

Nevertheless, the quality does not reach the top competition from Huawei, Apple or Google.

Asus has a single camera with eight megapixels on the front. The front camera’s focus point is fixed, Asus does without an autofocus here.

Accordingly, selfies aren’t completely in focus in our test, except in the rare cases in which the user hits the preset focus point when taking a picture of a selfie. A lot of image noise usually creeps in even under optimal lighting conditions.

Battery Life

ASUS ROG Phone 2 scope of delivery

On paper, the battery promises an enormous running time: a capacity of 6,000 mAh in a smartphone with NFC is unusually large and gives hope for days of use without stopping at an electrical outlet. So also the enormously long running time is not surprising: The ROG Phone 2 lasts 14:15 hours with one battery charge.

But it should not be forgotten that the screen can display up to twice as many pictures per second as other smartphones with 60 Hertz. We measure the excellent battery life of over 14 hours in 60 hertz mode because this is the default setting.

In the identical runtime test with 120 hertz refresh rate, the very large battery keeps the ROG Phone 2 running for 11:05 hours – a value we still consider very good. Nevertheless, it is over three hours less battery life than would be possible.

So, if you can do without the smoother refresh rate of 120 hertz, you have the option of reducing it to 60 frames per second in the settings and thus get by without a power outlet for several additional hours. Or you can choose the middle way with 90 hertz.

The smartphone with NFC is only charged via a cable, because the ROG Phone 2 cannot do wireless charging. With the included power supply, the battery charges with a charging power of 30 watts and needs 134 minutes for a complete charging process.

After half an hour, 39 percent is charged again. Considering the battery size, these are strong values.

Features

ASUS ROG Phone 2test touchsreen

On the ROG Phone 2, the operating system Android 9 Pie is pre-installed, which was modified by Asus: Thus, both the design of the user interface, as well as some additional built-in features are clearly aimed at gamers.

A separate gaming mode (“X-Mode”), for example, concentrates the full performance of the smartphone on the game in the foreground. A system update to Android 10 Q is expected.

Apart from the RAM, the device memory also turns out very lavish: 512 gigabytes should satisfy all users when it comes to storing pictures and videos, as well as installing numerous apps and games.

Accordingly, it doesn’t bother us that the 461.7 gigabytes of memory available at the beginning can’t be expanded with a micro SD card.

The Asus ROG Phone 2 supports all current WLAN and 4G standards except for the very new WLAN ax standard. Bluetooth is built into the latest version 5.0 and an NFC chip is also inside the smartphone.

Also nice: The USB-C port transfers data according to the 3.1 standard and there is a headphone jack on the device. If the fan is clipped to the smartphone, even two headphone sockets can be used. So, while other manufacturers do without the jack socket, Asus simply installs two of them.

Verdict

The Asus ROG Phone 2 with NFC scores very well in our test and is especially convincing with its very fluid 120-Hertz display and outstanding performance. It even leaves all other Android competitors behind in the “performance” category at the time of testing.

But it has to do so in order to meet the demands of a real gaming smartphone. An IP certification for dust and water resistance is missing. Nevertheless: Especially mobile gamers won’t go wrong with the Asus ROG Phone 2, which is why its still under the Top 3 in the best Smartphones with NFC chip.


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