The decision on whether or not the devices shipped into a particular country will be equipped with NFC will depend on "market requirement", says Samsung.
The good news is that the Samsung Galaxy S II will be available with built-in near field communication functionality, as expected, and that the functionality will include mobile payment capabilities. The bad news, however, is that there will be at least two versions of the Galaxy S II — and not all will come with NFC. The decision on whether or not the devices shipped into a particular country will be equipped with NFC or not will depend on "market requirement", says Samsung.
Of particular interest to anyone tracking NFC business models, the Galaxy S II is being launched with four 'hubs' — Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub. There is no mention of an 'NFC Hub' or 'Wallet Hub' in the official announcement but if, like the Google Nexus S, the Galaxy S II includes an embedded secure element, it is likely that we will see the addition of something along those lines in the near future.
Full technical specifications, images and videos are available on a dedicated Galaxy S II website.
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