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Best phones with NFC

We can all agree that contactless payments have made shopping an absolute breeze. Things get even simpler when we can use our phone rather than relying on our card. This is where NFC comes in. 

We've pulled together the best phones with NFC so you can tap and go with ease in 2022.  

What is NFC?

NFC stands for “Near Field Communications”. It refers to the technology that allows you to make secure payments between two close electronic devices.

It allows for you to make contactless payments with your smartphone or smartwatch, rather than cash or card. All you have to do is set up a mobile wallet and hover your device over the payment terminal.

NFC is automatically enabled on iPhones 7 and above, but it’s not always built into Android devices. To check, go to: Settings > More networks > NFC.

 

Best phones with NFC

Find your next best NFC-compatible phone from our recommendations below.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra

Samsung Galaxy S21 range

Released in 2021, the Samsung Galaxy S21 range are all NFC-compatible. They also boast some of the largest screens, most impressive cameras, and biggest batteries out there.

Phone

Samsung Galaxy S21

Samsung Galaxy S21+

Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra

Price

£766.99

£945.99

£1,144.99

Display

6.2 inches

6.7 inches

6.8 inches

Camera

Rear

64MP

12MP

12MP

 

Front

10MP

Rear

64MP

12MP

12MP

 

Front

10MP

Rear

108MP

12MP

10MP

10MP

 

Front

40MP

Battery

4,000mAh

4,800mAh

5,000mAh

Storage

128GB or 256GB

128GB or 256GB

128GB or 256GB

5G

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 range

Released near the end of 2020, the iPhone 12 range is currently Apple’s second-newest family.

Phone

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Mini

Price

£797.99

£997.99

£1,097.99

£697.99

Display

6.1 inches

6.1 inches

6.7 inches

5.4 inches

Camera

Rear

12MP

12MP

 

Front

12MP

Rear

12MP

12MP

12MP

 

Front

12MP

Rear

12MP

12MP

12MP

 

Front

12MP

Rear

12MP

12MP

 

Front

12MP

Battery

2,815mAh

2,815mAh

3,678mAh

2,227mAh

Storage

64GB, 128GB, or 256GB

128GB, 256GB, or 512GB

128GB, 256GB, or 512GB

64GB, 128GB, or 256GB

5G

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 range

Released in Autumn 2021, the iPhone 13 is currently Apple’s flagship range. The iPhone 14 family will succeed it near the end of 2022.

Phone

iPhone 13

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro Max

iPhone 13 Mini

Price

£777.99

£947.99

£1,047.99

£677.99

Display

6.1 inches

6.1 inches

6.7 inches

5.4 inches

Camera

Rear

12MP

12MP

12MP

 

Front

12MP

Rear

12MP

12MP

12MP

12MP

 

Front

12MP

Rear

12MP

12MP

12MP

12MP

 

Front

12MP

Rear

12MP

12MP

12MP

 

Front

12MP

Battery

3,095mAh

3,095mAh

3,095mAh

3,095mAh

Storage

128GB

128GB

128GB

128GB

5G

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Google Pixel range

If you’re a fan of Google, NFC is available in all their modern handsets. Take a look at the Pixel 5, 5a, and 6 below.

Phone

Google Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5a

Google Pixel 6

Price

£600

£500

£600

Display

6 inches

6.34 inches

6.4 inches

Camera

Rear

12.2MP

16MP

 

Front

8MP

Rear

12.2MP

16MP

 

Front

8MP

Rear

50MP

12MP

 

Front

8MP

Battery

4,080mAh

4,680mAh

4,641mAh

Storage

128GB

128GB

128GB or 256GB

5G

Yes

Yes

Yes

If you like the specs on these phones, why not see if any other Google models could be right for you?

 

OnePlus 9 range

The OnePlus 9 range came out in April 2021, sporting NFC, high-tech features and advanced hardware. Compare the 9 and 9 Pro below.

Phone

OnePlus 9

OnePlus 9 Pro

Price

£629

£829

Display

6.55 inches

6.7 inches

Camera

Rear

48MP

50MP

2MP

 

Front

16MP

Rear

48MP

50MP

8MP

2MP

 

Front

16MP

Battery

4,500mAh

4,500mAh

Storage

128GB or 256GB

128GB or 256GB

5G

Yes

Yes


Bonus - Xiaomi and OPPO

Both of these NFC handsets from 2021 have huge screens - ideal for playing games, video-chatting, or vlogging. They also have great cameras for the avid photographer, and big battery capacities to last all day and more.

Phone

Xiaomi Mi 11T

OPPO Find X3 Pro

Price

£495.99

£1,099

Display

6.67 inches

6.7 inches

Camera

Rear

108MP

16MP

8MP

2MP

 

Front

16MP

Rear

50MP

50MP

13MP

3MP

 

Front

32MP

Battery

5,000mAh

4,500mAh

Storage

256GB

128GB

5G

Yes

Yes

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