In 1973 the world saw a new technology, which allows to exchange data with an electric device via radio waves. The technology was called RFID, and later evolved to NFC, which allows you to transfer information between two devices at close distances. The NFC module is in most flagships today, but what about budget options… We’ve put together the cheapest NFC-enabled phones. Read about them below.
The best cheap smartphones with NFC module
It’s worth noting that when compiling the top most budget phone models, we did not take into account other characteristics, such as power. The main criteria for the rating were the presence of the module itself and the price of the smartphone. Before moving on to the top, let’s briefly talk about the capabilities of the NFC module:
- Contactless payment via bank applications (only works if you have an application and a terminal that supports contactless payment);
- automation of routine tasks using the phone and additional NFC tags (round stickers that can be stuck anywhere);
- instant connection to devices, such as a Bluetooth speaker;
- storage of small information, such as a link or a password.
And in general, NFC, as well as Bluetooth, does not give much hope at first, and then becomes a universal tool.
ZTE BLADE A3
Pleasant to the touch case, minimalistic design and bright screen – this is only the first impression of this smartphone. The technical specifications are a bit disappointing. The performance, which gives UNISOC SC9832 2016 in conjunction with 1 GB, is enough only for a basic set of messengers, and even simple games load the system by 50-75%.
But there are no complaints about NFC. By the way, the device has Google Pay, which allows you to pay through it without any additional modules. The internal memory is only 32 GB, and with the inability to install games, that’s enough.
- Long battery life at 2600 mAh – 4.5 hours in active mode and about several days in standby mode;
- reliable NFC;
- decent camera.
- little RAM.
Price on Yandex.Market: 4 814 rubles.
ZTE BLADE A7.
The price of the seventh version is twice as much as the third, but it is justified. For example, the screen diagonal has grown to 6.09 inches, and battery capacity to 4000 mAh. Performance has increased many times over, because now the Mediatek Helio P22 processor in conjunction with 2GB of RAM is responsible for it. The body is wider than usual, but this is not critical. The speaker is loud, the screen is bright, for that kind of money it is enough.
- Holds a charge for a long time – 5 hours with low loads;
- thick case.
Price on e-catalogue: from 5,999 to 7,490 rubles.
There is a very unusual story with this smartphone. NFC is only in the 2020 model, but not always. Therefore, before buying, it is recommended to make sure that the necessary module is available in advance, for example, by contacting a consultant. The minimalistic design is attractive. There is a fingerprint scanner. The diagonal of the display is 6.22 inches, which is good, if you consider the price. Performance is let down, but this is understandable, because under the cover is Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 and 3 GB of RAM.
- A high-capacity battery – 4000 mAh;
- Performance – 75254 (not enough).
Price on e-katalog: 5990 rubles.
BQ 6042L Magic E.
Here everything is simpler, NFC is installed on all smartphones. At least that’s what it said in several major online stores. The brightness of the screen at 6.09 inches on high, you can see the screen even in the open sun. The back cover of the device is removable, under it there is a slot for the SIM card, memory card and the battery, which can be easily removed. The 2950 mAh battery lasts about 14 hours under average load and about 4 hours at 100% performance (when running a game).
- reasonable price;
- high battery life;
- screen diagonal.
- low performance.
Price on Yandex.Market: 6 590 rubles.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A30S
Be forewarned: NFC module is only in models with the letter “N” on the end, for example, SM-A307FN, take it into account. During the first acquaintance we noted the percentage of the working area of the screen, which was 85%. The screen diagonal is 6.4 inches. The high performance comes from the Samsung Exynos 7904 paired with 3GB of RAM. Since this is a Samsung, we recommend using the native Samsung Pay app to pay.
- performance – 116074;
- bright display;
- holds a charge for a long time;
- good photos.
- On the body remain fingerprints.
Price on e-katalog: from 6,999 to 10,990 rubles.
One of the cheapest models from Huawei. The screen diagonal is 6.05 inches, and the pixel density is 283 ppi, which makes the picture smooth. There were no complaints about the brightness. Hidden under the cover is the MediaTek MT6765 processor and 2GB of RAM. Do not recommend to download something more complicated than the usual platformers or arcades. No, the performance is pulling, but the speed of reading / writing does not allow you to run without lags the same “Standoff 2”. The camera with 13 MP resolution and f/1.8 aperture is downright lucky for a budget phone.
- gets good pictures;
- autonomy up to 11 hours;
- nice and loud sound.
- slow memory.
Price on e-katalog: from 7890 rubles.
XIAOMI REDMI 9
What Xiaomi is always praised for is successful builds and value for money. NFC does not work quite reliably, sometimes it can “go wrong”, and you have to reboot the phone.
In technical terms, there are no claims to the phone, just praise and admiration. The diagonal of the screen is 6.53 inches, and the pixel density is 395 ppi, which makes the picture really clear. There is a type-c cable, which for budget models – a rarity. Marked and autonomy, in standby mode the device works up to 185 hours.
- battery capacity – 5020 mAh;
- high performance – 197444 points;
- the quality of the camera;
- the presence of type-c.
- not detected.
Price on Yandex.Market: 10 900 rubles.
BQ 5535L STRIKE POWER PLUS
Cheap and cordial. The diagonal screen is 5.45 inches, which makes this model one of the smallest in our top. Technical characteristics are weak, but the price is low. You should not run games, the phone heats up quickly. It’s annoying that the working area of the screen occupies less than 75%. But the battery life is excellent: it works all day, if not loaded heavily. There is no type-c cable, alas.
- low price;
- Little RAM and permanent memory;
- quickly heats up.
Price on Yandex.Market: 5 990 rubles.
Rugged case and a degree of protection IP68 make this phone indispensable for hiking. However, the device is useless for the games, because it is equipped with a budget processor Helio A22 in conjunction with 3 GB of RAM. The armored case has greatly affected the weight, which is now 268 grams. The screen diagonal is below average, only 5.7 inches. From the camera was expected more, but for a budget phone will do. Overall, worth its money, especially if the buyer likes to drop the phone.
- build quality.
- Weak fingerprint scanner.
Price on Yandex.Market: 10 590 rubles.
Minimalism and bright colors – all in the style of realme. 64 GB of internal memory catches the eye, which is quite a lot for a budget phone. The MediaTek Helio G70 processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM makes the device “fly”. The battery life is off the charts: 727 hours in standby mode. It sounds like a challenge to Nokia phones. In trying to find the shortcomings of the budget version noticed a weak camera. This is the only thing that separated the smartphone from the middle class and from the high price consequently.
- screen diagonal;
- clear sound.
- not noticed.
Price on Yandex.Marketer: 10 490 rubles.
Above we looked at the eighth version. This one is much higher. We were surprised by the installed operating system Android 10. It is not the newest, but it is more recent than 9.0 and Oreo, which are on the other phones in this top. However, there is one note: the device does not have Google services. This model was released after the conflict between Xiaomi and Google.
Otherwise, it’s a powerful phone with a 6.3-inch diagonal and a high-quality camera for this price. The cherry on the cake is 64 GB of internal memory. Performance is average thanks to the Mediatek Helio P22 processor paired with 3GB of RAM.
- nice design;
- battery life – 64 hours of talk time;
- The amount of ROM;
- microUSB instead of type-c;
- Weight – 185 grams.
Price on Yandex.Marketer: 9 790 rubles.
XIAOMI REDMI 9C
As you can see, this is one of the varieties of the model, which we have already discussed above. There are two models: with NFC and without NFC. To make no mistake, follow the link below (line “price”). Distinguished by a nice bright screen with a diagonal of 6.53 inches. “C”-version is cheaper than the main one because it uses less efficient Mediatek Helio G35 processor. But autonomy increased to 32 hours of talk time. Otherwise, there are no differences, the same 64GB ROM and 3GB RAM. Although there is one frustrating difference is the microUSB connector.
- optimized system;
- bright screen;
- screen diagonal.
Price on Yandex.Market: 8980 rubles.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A11
The first thing I want to mention – it’s design. Simple and tasteful. Such simplicity is a rarity for Samsung phones. Performance has been severely cut in this version for the sake of price and autonomy. Only 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. The role of the processor is performed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450.
But the screen has a pixel density of 268 ppi, which positively affects the clarity of the picture. The diagonal of the screen, by the way, is 6.4 inches. What I liked about the phone was the presence of a type-c connector and a bright screen.
- the diagonal screen;
- a lot of internal memory;
- Android 10.
- low performance;
- little RAM.
Price on e-katalog: from 9 990 rubles.
DIGMA LINX PAY 4G
Digma has always been famous for its budget smartphones. The design of the body is simple, even the camera remains shifted to the side, as was popular in older phones. The screen diagonal is only 5.5 inches, which is convenient for small pockets. Unlike other smartphones, where one parameter is higher than the rest, in this model everything is done “average”. For example, under the cover there is a weak MediaTek MT6739 processor in conjunction with 2 GB of RAM. Instead of Android 10 is Android 8.1. The price seems grossly overpriced.
- bright design;
- small display;
- Low performance.
Price on Yandex.Market: 9 520 rubles.
The best combination of price and quality for this brand. Characterized by a wide screen. It is wide, not just big. The diagonal screen is 6.52 inches. 4 GB RAM was a surprise for such a cheap smartphone, and MediaTek Helio P23 fully meets the price. The internal memory is 64 GB. The combination of high performance and volume makes the model an excellent choice for gaming. In addition, the powerful 4000 mAh battery also allows this. The device, by the way, is equipped with a type-c cable.
- high performance;
- battery life – 24 hours of talk time;
- bright screen.
- not noticed.
Price on e-katalog: 7 990 rubles.
VERTEX Impress Rosso NFC
As can be seen from the name, the device was specifically released for fans of paying with your phone. The NFC module works perfectly, which can not be said about the other functions. The screen diagonal is only 5.5 inches, and the pixel density of 195 ppi. This is a low figure, which will lead to blurry images. The 8 MP camera also shoots poorly, though that was obvious. There’s no point in telling you further, the phone is terrible for all intents and purposes, but is considered one of the cheapest smartphones with NFC.
- Little memory – 8 GB;
- low productivity;
- low battery life;
The product received a lot of disapproving reviews and was discontinued.
A great combination of price and quality. Users appreciated the sound of the speakers. The screen diagonal is 5.5 inches, and its weight is only 153 grams, which makes it convenient for small pockets. There are no complaints about the camera, but no praise either. Performance is average, thanks to the 2GB RAM and Mediatek Helio P18 processor.
- NFC sometimes glitches.
The price on e-katalog: 6 990 rubles.
BQ 6040L Magic
The device pleased with the presence of 32 GB of internal memory. For such a price is more than enough. Thanks to the 2 GB RAM and Unisoc SC9863A processor, the device runs fast enough. The battery lasts for a day or two. Disappointing is the lack of a type-c cable. Unlike the model above, NFC works here without interruptions.
- optimized system;
Price on Yandex.Marketer: 7,290 rubles.
Samsung Galaxy J4+ (2018)
The series of small phones is over. The diagonal screen of this model is 6 inches. Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917 processor in conjunction with 3 GB of RAM provide smooth operation of the system and allow you to install an average demanding game. Battery life suffers a bit, with only 3,300 mAh.
- The amount of internal memory – 32 GB;
- high performance;
- low battery life;
- no type-c connector.
Price on e-catalogue: 8 590 rubles.
Almost the most expensive phone in the top. But it has an unusual design and shape of the body. The diagonal screen is 5.5 inches, but the working surface occupies only 75%. Technical specifications are average, and the price is a little overpriced. But the battery capacity is 5580 mAh, which positively affects the autonomy.
- Gorilla Glass 3.
Price on Yandex.Market: 11,399 rubles.
HUAWEI P smart.
Now really the most expensive phone in the top. But it has unique features. For example, the 6.21 inch screen has 415 ppi pixel density. This is more than you need. The role of the processor is played by the HiSilicon Kirin 710 in conjunction with 3GB of RAM. Such components justify the high price.
- large and clear screen;
- high performance – 168068 points;
Price on e-katalog: from 14 989 to 17 928 rubles.
Keep in mind that some smartphones from the top may be overpriced and have low characteristics. When compiling the rating, we did not consider these factors, because the emphasis was on the presence of NFC. That is why we recommend to further study the performance of each smartphone. And, of course, be guided by your budget.