NFC phones: The definitive list
Last updated on 22 May 2013
This is an exhaustive, comprehensive and accurate list of all the handsets that are available around the world. NFC World's NFC phones list is mirrored all over the web but since it is a living document you should check this page for the latest information.
- NFC phones that you can buy today
- NFC phones that are coming soon...
- Rumoured devices, with no official confirmation as yet
- NFC phones with limited availability
- Museum pieces: NFC phones that are no longer available
- Phones that don't have NFC
NFC phones available today...
Phones available to purchase today:
The Acer Cloud Mobile is a sleek, black Android touchscreen handset with a business-like design and a 4.3-inch screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and NFC.
The Acer E320 Liquid Express is an entry-level Android smartphone and is the Taiwanese manufacturer's first NFC handset.
The Acer Liquid Glow is an Android 4 smartphone with a 3.7-inch screen and a 5-megapixel camera, and became available from Q2 2012.
The Alcatel One Touch 922 is an entry level Android smartphone with NFC.
The Alcatel One Touch 996 is a mid-range Android NFC smartphone.
Details coming soon...
The Asus Vivo Tab is a tablet PC which will run Windows 8 and features an 11.6-inch display, an Intel Atom processor, a detachable Qwerty keyboard and NFC.
The Asus Vivo Tab RT is a Windows 8 RT tablet which has a 10.1-inch display, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a detachable Qwerty keyboard and NFC.
The Asus VivoTab Smart is a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet with NFC.
The BlackBerry Bold 9790, codenamed 'Bellagio', was announced in November 2011 and is now shipping.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, the first handsets from Research in Motion to include NFC, were announced in early May 2011 and are now shipping.
The BlackBerry Curve 9350, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and BlackBerry Curve 9370 were announced in August 2011 and are now shipping.
The BlackBerry Curve 9380, also known as 'Orlando', was announced in November 2011 and is now shipping.
An updated BlackBerry PlayBook that arrived in mid-2012 includes NFC hardware but offers no software support — yet.
The BlackBerry Q10 is a keyboard-equipped variant of the BlackBerry Z10.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the first handset from RIM — now renamed simply 'BlackBerry' — running its much-anticipated BlackBerry 10 operating system.
The C-Mii 1 from UK-based company Toughshield is part of an NFC handset range aimed at the services sector. The entry level candybar-style handset features a low weight and robust design and NFC functionality.
The C-Mii 3 from UK-based company Toughshield is part of a range aimed at the services sector. The lightweight and robust handset offers a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a 2MP camera and NFC.
The Casio DT-X8 is a business-class rugged handheld terminal that can handle NFC, 2D barcodes and more.
The Casio G'zOne CA-201L is a rugged Android smartphone that comes with NFC and an embedded secure element.
The Casio IT-800, launched in late 2009, is another ruggedised handheld PDA built for business use that incorporates NFC.
The Fujitsu Arrows µ F-07D is a 6.7mm-thin Android 2.3 NFC handset featuring a 4-inch oled display and a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor.
The Gentag GT-601v2 is a robust J2ME featurephone with NFC, designed for use by home healthcare workers.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest Google reference handset and is now shipping in the UK and the US. The phone runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Google Nexus 10 is a 10-inch tablet with a 2560 by 1600 (300ppi) screen and NFC. The device is approved for use with Google Wallet.
The LG-built Google Nexus 4 is the search giant's hero phone for 2013.
The Google Nexus 7 is a powerful 7-inch NFC-enabled tablet running a new version of Android, "Jelly Bean", and which retails from US$199.
The Google Nexus S, a full-featured smartphone running Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' and manufactured by Samsung, has NFC support built in.
Officially announced in May 2012, the HTC Desire C features a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 5MP camera, NFC functionality and runs Android 4.0.
The Droid DNA by HTC and the HTC J Butterfly are variants of the HTC Butterfly which come with NFC capabilities. The standard HTC Butterfly, however, does not have NFC.
Announced at CTIA Wireless in May 2012 and to be released on Verizon in 'the next few weeks', the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE features a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, LTE connectivity, Beats audio and NFC functionality.
Announced by Sprint in April 2012, the HTC Evo 4G LTE boats a 4.7-inch LCD display, Snapdragon processor, NFC with Google Wallet support and runs Android 4.0.
The HTC First is a mid-range touch screen Android 4.1 smartphone that is the first to feature Facebook Home — and it includes NFC support.
A version of the HTC Incredible designed to run China UnionPay's NFC payments service via a microSD-based NFC add-on was announced in August 2011.
The HTC One is the phone-maker's flagship device for 2013, boasting a 4.7-inch full HD display, a four core 1.7GHz processor, two front-facing speakers and NFC — all within a sleek aluminium body.
The HTC One SV is a mid-range Android 4 smartphone with LTE and NFC.
The HTC One VX is a mid-range Android 4.0 smartphone exclusive to AT&T in the US.
The HTC One X is the 2012 flagship handset for the Taiwanese phone giant, featuring a 4.7-inch 1280 by 720 display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 and NFC.
The HTC Ruby, also known as the HTC Amaze 4G, is a high-end Android device and the first NFC phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
The HTC Windows Phone 8X is the Taiwanese phone maker's first Windows 8 NFC phone.
The Ascend Y201 from Huawei is a low-end smartphone that features a 3.5-inch screen, Qualcomm 800MHz processor and NFC. The device runs Android 4.0.
The Huawei Sonic is the Chinese telecoms giant's first NFC handset, a sub-US$200 Android phone. The device, also known as the U8650NFC, is marketed in Turkey as the Turkcell T20.
The Kuoziro Frontier FT701W has a 7-inch touch screen, 1GHz dual core processor, runs Android 2.3 and is priced at ¥29,800 (US$371).
The Lenovo K800 features NFC and was the first smartphone to be built around an Intel processor.
The LG Mach is an Android 4.0 LTE smartphone with NFC and a Qwerty keyboard, available on the Sprint network in the US.
The Optimus 3D Max, also known as the Optimus 3 Cube, the LG-SU870 and the LG CX2, features a 4.3-inch 3D display, 1.2GHz dual core processor, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The LG Optimus 4X HD is a flagship handset that features a 1.5GHz quad core Tegra 3 processor, 4.7-inch HD display, and a skinned version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone appeared in Korea first, and was followed by a roll out in other markets later in 2012.
The LG Optimus Elite is a low-end smartphone with a 3.2-inch display, 800MHz processor and NFC. The Virgin Mobile USA version comes with Google Wallet.
The LG Optimus G, also known as the LG Eclipse 4G LTE, is the Korean phone maker's latest flagship handset and is set to be available from September 2012.
The LG Optimus L5 has a 4-inch screen, 5MP camera and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The LG Optimus L7 has a 4.3-inch screen, 5MP camera and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The LG Optimus LTE, also known by the model number LG LU6200, is a high-end Android smartphone which boasts a 4.5-inch HD screen, LTE and NFC.
The LG Optimus LTE Tag has a 4.3-inch touch screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, and runs Android 2.3. It also has a feature called LG Tag+ which communicates with customisable NFC tags.
The LG Optimus Net is an Android smartphone that will come with NFC in some markets.
The LG Optimus Vu's headline feature is a large 4:3 aspect ratio screen, and the high-end Android 2.3 smartphone is also rumoured to feature NFC. The device is sold as the LG Intuition in the US.
The LG T530 is the Korean electronics company's first mass-market NFC handset, a touchscreen feature phone. It is available now in France as the LG Ego.
The LG Viper offers NFC and Google Wallet functionality, a 4-inch 800x480 pixel screen, 5MP camera and 1.2GHz processor.
The Megafon SP-A20i Mint is an 'Intel inside' smartphone with NFC that is only available in Russia on the Megafon network.
The Mobiwire Cosyphone is an NFC handset supporting the single wire protocol (SWP). It is aimed at the over-50s and at the B2B market.
The Motorola Droid Razr has not been advertised as an NFC handset, but a teardown has revealed it carries an NXP PN544 NFC controller chip.
The Motorola Droid Razr HD was announced in September 2012, and is available exclusively on Verizon in the US.
Announced in September 2012, the Motorola Droid Razr M will be available on Verizon in the US.
The Droid Razr Maxx HD was announced by Motorola in September 2012, and is available on Verizon in the US.
The Motorola MC75A HF is an enterprise-class rugged handheld computer that combines mobile communication and secure contactless transaction capability.
Added by Sprint to pre-order in August 2012, the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, the handset began shipping on 19 August 2012.
The Motorola Razr i is externally the European version of the Razr M, but under the hood features radically different hardware as it is based on an Intel chipset.
The Nokia 603 is a Symbian Belle device with NFC, designed for first time smartphone owners. The device retails at around €200 (US$275) before taxes and subsidies and started shipping on 21 October 2011.
The Nokia 700 is a Symbian device that includes a 1GHz processor, 3.2-inch screen, GPS, a compass and a 5-megapixel camera as well as NFC.
The Nokia 701 features a 3.5-inch IPS LCD display with ClearBlack technology which, Nokia says, makes it "the brightest smartphone screen to date".
The Nokia 801T is a Symbian smartphone designed for use on China Mobile's TD-SCDMA network.
The Nokia 808 Pureview is a camera enthusiast's phone, with a 41 megapixel snapper mounted in a hump on the rear. The Symbian Belle handset with an otherwise pedestrian specification also boasts secure NFC, and is expected to be available from May 2012.
The Nokia C7 smartphone contains NFC hardware and, via Symbian Belle, can now be used for NFC tag reading and writing applications.
The Nokia Lumia 610 is a Windows Phone 7.5 device which has NFC hardware and software from Inside Secure built into it. The device is expected to cost around €200 when it ships in mid-2012.
The Nokia Lumia 620 is billed as an affordable Windows Phone 8 handset, and comes with NFC.
The Nokia Lumia 720 is designed to be an affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone, starting at around €249.
The Nokia Lumia 820 was announced in September 2012 alongside the flagship Lumia 920 and is expected to start shipping to select markets towards the end of the year.
The Nokia Lumia 920 was announced in September 2012 and is the Finnish phone-maker's flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 928 is the Finnish phone maker's latest flagship device and boasts a PureView camera and Carl Zeiss wide angle lens, along with NFC.
The Nokia N9 is a high-end MeeGo-based tablet-style smart phone which started shipping in September 2011.
The Nokia Oro is a phone "intended for someone who doesn't want their mobile device to look the same as other people's."
The Orange Infinity 996 is an Android NFC smartphone that is available from Orange in Israel.
The Orange San Diego is an Intel-powered smartphone, available exclusively on the Orange network, that comes with NFC.
The Panasonic BizPad tablet comes in both 7 and 10-inch variants. The ruggedized dust proof and waterproof tablets have a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 16GB of onboard storage and NFC and run Android 3.2.
The Panasonic Eluga has a 4.3-inch qHD screen, is waterproof, dust proof, NFC and runs Android.
The Pantech Discover is a punchy Android 4 NFC smartphone boasting a 4.8-inch 720p display and driven by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Pro.
The Sky Vega LTE is a premium smartphone for the South Korean market, announced in October 2011.
The Sky Vega Racer from Pantech is a high-end dual-core smartphone that is only available in Korea. Billed at launch as the fastest Android handset yet, it is aimed at the same market segment as Samsung's Galaxy S II.
The Porsche Design P'9981 by BlackBerry is a 'restricted edition' leather and stainless steel-clad designer handset announced in October 2011 that retails at US$2,000.
The Prada phone by LG 3.0, also referred to as the LG-P940 and the K2, is the LG's first Android-based NFC device, running version 2.3 Gingerbread.
The Samsung Ativ Odyssey is a Windows phone with NFC, available on the Verizon Network in the US.
Announced in February 2012, the Samsung Ace 2 has a 3.8-inch screen, GPS, and a dual core 800MHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with NFC in some markets.
The Samsung Galaxy Axiom is an LTE version of the Galaxy S III Mini that is available from US Cellular and comes with Google Wallet.
Announced in February 2012, the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 boasts a 3.27-inch screen, runs Android 2.3 and comes with NFC in some markets.
An NFC version of the Samsung Galaxy Note tablet phone is available in Korea and will be coming to AT&T in the US during the second quarter of 2012.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II was features a 5.5-inch screen with S-Pen functionality, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, and NFC.
The Samsung Galaxy Premier is pitched as a lower-cost equivalent to the Galaxy S II and S III for Russia and the Ukraine — with availability in China, Korea and South East Asia to follow.
The Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE/Pro is a rugged Android smartphone with NFC.
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance features a 4-inch super Amoled screen, 1GHz processor, NFC and Android 2.3.
The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is an updated version of the venerable Galaxy S, available exclusively from T-Mobile in the USA.
Samsung's Galaxy S II Android 2.3 smartphone was launched at MWC 2011. The Galaxy S II is available in both NFC and non-NFC versions, and most are the non-NFC version.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the Korean phone maker's flagship handset for 2012. The device features NFC functionality as standard in all markets.
The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini is a smaller, less powerful version of the Korean phone maker's flagship Galaxy S III handset.
The Galaxy S4, Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, was announced on 14 March 2013 and comes with NFC.
The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II is an Android slider phone featuring a Qwerty keyboard, a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and LTE as well as NFC.
The Samsung Galaxy Victory is a budget LTE Android handset that runs Google Wallet and is available from Sprint in the US.
The Samsung S5230 NFC, also known as GT-5230N, Star, Avila, Player One and Tocco Lite, is widely available.
The Samsung S5260 NFC, also known as the GT-S5260P, is available with NFC from Orange in France where it is known as the Player City.
The Samsung SHW-A170K is a touch screen featurephone designed for KT and to meet the needs of the Korean market.
The Samsung Wave 578 is now available from Orange France, in the UK as a 'Quick Tap' handset via Orange, and in Singapore.
The Samsung Wave M is a Bada 2.0 handset, available in both NFC and non-NFC versions.
The Samsung Wave Y is a Bada 2.0 handset, available in both NFC and non-NFC versions.
Revealed in May 2012, the 'Serie' (model number ISW16SH) from Sharp is part of the Aquos Phone series and will be the first handset in the world to support both NFC and FeliCa technologies.
Announced by Sharp in August 2011 the RW-T107 is a 7-inch tablet with NFC.
Announced in March 2012 the Sharp RW-T110 NFC tablet expands on the 7-inch tablet with NFC capabilities it unveiled in 2011.
The Sonim XP1301 Core NFC is an ultra-rugged handset designed for commercial use. The sub-£300 device was announced on 20 September 2011 and is available now.
Sonim's XP and NFC expansion pack is a battery cover replacement that adds NFC to the XP3300 Force rugged mobile phone.
The Sony Xperia Acro S is a waterproof and dustproof Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich NFC smartphone with a 1.5GHz dual core processor and a 720 by 1280 4.3-inch touchscreen display.
The Sony Xperia Ion, an LTE variant of the Xperia S, is exclusive to AT&T in the US and has a 4.6-inch HD screen.
The Sony Xperia P has an aluminium unibody design, a 4-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor and 8MP camera as well as NFC.
The Sony Xperia S includes NFC functionality, a 4.3-inch HD screen, 12MP camera and a 1.5GHz dual core processor.
Announced in March 2012, the Xperia Sola has a 'floating touch' screen that allows users to interact without needing to physically touch the screen.
The Sony Xperia T (codenamed 'Mint') was unveiled by Sony in August 2012 and featured as James Bond's phone in Skyfall.
The Sony Xperia V was announced by Sony alongside the Xperia T in August 2012.
The Sony Xperia VL is similar to the Xperia V and is available only in Japan.
The Xperia Z is Sony's flagship device for 2013. The Android 4.1 handset is water resistant and boasts a 5-inch 1080p HD touchscreen, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, and NFC.
The Toughshield R-500 is a rugged NFC handset designed for remote workers.
The MaxiPRO5 is an Android 4.0 NFC smartphone offered by Turkish network operator Turkcell.
The Turkcell T11 Maxiphone, also known as the ZTE Racer II, is an Android 2.3.4-based single wire protocol smartphone, manufactured by China's ZTE and priced at 389TL (US$213).
The Vertu Ti is a hand crafted luxury Android 4 smartphone with NFC that comes with a sapphire crystal screen and leather, alligator skin or red gold accents.
Released in April 2012, the Xolo X900 is the first smartphone with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor to be launched in India.
The Coolpad 8870 NFC, believed to be Chinese handset maker Yulong's first NFC device, is an Android smartphone available from China Mobile.
Announced in March 2012 at the Mobile World Congress, the ZTE Blade II features a 3.5-inch screen, 1GHz processor and NFC.
Announced in August 2012, the ZTE Grand X IN runs Android 4.0 and features a 4.3-inch screen, an Intel Atom Z2460 processor, LTE, and NFC.
The ZTE Kis has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, 800MHz processor, and runs Android 2.3.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE announced the Orbit in March 2012 at the Mobile World Congress. The Windows Phone 7.5-based device is unusual in that, while some variants include NFC hardware, the operating system does not support the technology.
The Turkcell MaxiPLUS5 is an Android 4.0 NFC smartphone, made for the Turkish operator by Chinese manufacturer ZTE.
- Chinese phone manufacturer Hedy is supplying SWP-compliant NFC handsets for China Unicom's NFC roll out, using an NFC controller manufactured by Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics.
- Shanghai Simcom is also manufacturing NFC handsets using Shanghai Fudan components. The EVDO phones are marketed under the East Com brand name.
Phones that have been announced but are not yet shipping or widely available:
The Asmaitha Sruta tablet will feature a 7-inch display, an ST Ericsson Nova 1GHz processor, and Android 2.3. The device is expected to launch towards the end of 2012.
The Asus PadFone Infinity is an Android 4.2 LTE smartphone with a 5-inch 1920 by 1080 full HD display that combines with a 10.1-inch tablet dock.
The Vivo Xplay is a high-end quad-core Android smartphone from Chinese manufacturer BBK.
The BlackBerry Q5 is a mid-range smartphone with a Qwerty keyboard that runs Blackberry 10 OS and is available in versions with and without NFC.
The DLI 9000 from Data Ltd Inc is a rugged tablet PC comes with an optional mobile payment module that can be used to process NFC transactions.
Details to follow...
The Fujitsu Arrows Tab is a 10.1-inch Android 4.0 tablet with a WUXGA 1920 by 1200 pixel display and NFC.
Details to follow...
Chinese handset manufacturer OiiA Technology has announced it will be launching the G.To N800 smartphone with NFC running Android in early 2012.
The HP Elitebook Revolve transforms "with a flick of the wrist" from an ultrathin notebook PC to a touch-enabled tablet, and includes NFC.
The Huawei Ascend G600 was announced in August 2012 with an initial release expected in December in Germany.
The Huawei Ascend P2 features a 1.5GHz quad core processor, a 4.7-inch 720p screen and LTE. The device will have NFC in some markets.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 comes equipped with NFC and a fingerprint biometrics reader, and is expected to be available in October "when Windows 8 is available".
The Lumigon T2 is a stylish stainless steel Android smartphone expected to launch in late 2012.
The M3 Android Communicator is an Android-based phone designed for Asian markets. Announced in February 2012, the device will come in two versions, one with a touch screen and one with a keypad.
The Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE was revealed in August 2012 as the XT907.
The Nokia Lumia 925 is an aluminium-bodied NFC smartphone that runs Windows Phone 8.
The Panasonic Eluga Power is the Japanese consumer electronic giant's second NFC smartphone. The Android 4 device with a 5-inch 720 by 1280 screen features superfast charging, with a 50% charge taking just 30 minutes, and 80% taking 57 minutes.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega is a phablet available in two sizes. The larger 6.3-inch version comes with NFC.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Plus is an an updated version of the groundbreaking Galaxy S II Android smartphone that will, like its predecessor, be available in NFC and non-NFC versions.
According to a filing made to the FCC in August 2012, Samsung are prepping a new tablet under the moniker 'GT P8110'.
Announced by Samsung in August 2012, the Samsung Ativ Tablet will run Windows 8.
The Samsung WP8 Ativ S runs Windows Phone 8 and features a 4.8-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and NFC functionality.
The Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta is an Android 4.0 device and is one of the first handsets to be equipped to handle both NFC and Osaifu Keitai payments.
Sony's Vaio Fit range of laptops all run Windows 8 and come with NFC.
The Sony Experia AX is an Android 4.0 device and is one of the first handsets to be equipped to handle both NFC and Osaifu Keitai payments.
The Sony Xperia L is a mid-range NFC smartphone that runs Android 4.1.
The Sony Xperia SP is a mid-range LTE enabled NFC smartphone that runs Android 4.1.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a high-end 10.1-inch Android 4.1 tablet with a 1,920 by 1,200 screen.
The Sony Xperia ZL is a slightly smaller version of the Xperia Z, without the water- and dust-proof casing.
The Sony Xperia ZR is a waterproof LTE smartphone running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The TazPad is a 7-inch Android NFC tablet from French connectivity specialist TazTag.
The TazTag TPH-One is the first and so far only Android smartphone to include both NFC and ZigBee wireless connectivity. The device is expected to be available from April 2012.
The Xiaomi Mi 2A is an NFC smartphone which is available in China and runs MIUI 5, a customised version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The ZTE Nubia Z5 is a high-end Android smartphone with a full HD 5-inch screen.
The ZTE PF200 is the Chinese manufacturer's first own-branded smartphone and has a 4.3-inch capacitive touch display, 1.2GHz processor, LTE and runs Android 4.0.
- Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system will offer NFC in 2012, the company's Andy Lees has said. An earlier report, citing unidentified sources, said Microsoft plans to include mobile payment technology in its phone OS as part of an effort to narrow Google's lead in handset software. The OS giant has also announced there will be support for NFC in Windows 8 and a leaked corporate video hints at NFC being a major feature of Windows Phone 8.
- HTC, LG, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have announced that they will all be implementing Isis' NFC and technology standards.
- Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE, now the world's fourth largest mobile phone maker, has announced it is to include NFC functionality in its Android-based QSC6270 platform devices as well as a number of more entry-level feature phones from the second quarter of 2011. The company has deals with chip suppliers NXP and Inside Secure.
- Multiple additional Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' and Android 4 'Ice Cream Sandwich'-based NFC phones are expected to become available now the latest versions of the operating system incorporate NFC support. However, it is important to understand that simply running Android 2.3+ does not mean a handset comes with NFC; special hardware is required as well.
- Nokia has confirmed that all its future Symbian smartphones will support NFC from 2011.
Rumoured NFC devices...
Phones NFC World has heard about, but are not yet announced or confirmed:
There's still no NFC in the iPhone, but at least it means you won't be stuck for gift ideas for the Apple fan in your life — they could probably use a new wallet or purse.
The Motorola Bullet is one of two NFC handsets that Motorola is rumoured to be preparing for 2012.
The Motorola Jet is one of two NFC handsets that Motorola is rumoured to be preparing for 2012.
Motorola is rumoured to be working on a handset referred to as the X Phone, and a phone that could be that device has just passed through the FCC's approval process in the US.
- Chinese handset maker Tianyu has built a controller from MStar into an Android phone carrying its K-Touch brand name. The phone supports China UnionPay's NFC specification, which is based on the use of a microSD card as the secure element on a phone that includes a built-in NFC antenna and controller chip.
- Fly, a leading player in the Russian and eastern European handset markets, is preparing an NFC featurephone for a UK customer which plans to offer the device to business customers for time and attendance and other B2B applications from February 2012. The handset will use an NFC controller from Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer Mstar.
- Apple's iPhone — persistent rumours and patent applications over a period of several years strongly indicate an NFC-enabled iPhone is on the way, though there has been no official announcement either way. Read the whole story in our Apple hub.
- NXP's NFC hardware has been designed into more than 90 different devices at a number of major handset manufacturers, according to the company's CEO.
Phones which are being used by developers or in trials, but are not generally available:
The Benq T80 was launched in 2008 and features NFC technology from NXP.
The LG KU380-NFC is a prototype HCI/SWP handset announced in late 2008.
An NFC-enabled variant of the ZTE R233, a low-end candybar handset, is believed to be available in limited quantities for trials.
NFC phones that are no longer available, or that were announced but never saw the light of day:
Fifth Media's Axia A306 was a specialist NFC PDA/smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1 and aimed at the B2B market.
The X1 Communicator was announced in 2009 but appears to have never been produced.
The X2 Communicator was announced in 2009 but appears to have never been produced.
RFID medical sensor specialist Gentag's GT-601 phone is aimed at "people who are concerned only with basic voice communication, mobile payments, social networks, and diagnostics using a low-cost mobile wireless device."
The Google Nexus Q is a media player that runs Android 4.0 and is controlled and fed content by Android phones and tablets. The device was initially available in the US but, after a luke-warm reception, has been withdrawn pending unspecified improvements.
The LG 600V Contactless was an early clamshell NFC handset from LG produced for use in trials.
The Motorola L7 SLVR was a developer/prototype phone with crude NFC functionality built into a special battery cover.
The Nokia 600 was a Symbian Belle NFC handset marketed as an "all-in-one entertainment hub" but the device was cancelled before launch and never saw the light of day.
The Nokia 6131 NFC was the first commercially available handset with integrated NFC.
The Nokia 6212 Classic was for a long time the only commercially available NFC phone. Its design pre-dates the single wire protocol and it uses an embedded secure element.
The Nokia 6216 Classic was to be the Finnish phone giant's first SWP handset and was expected in late 2009 but was subsequently cancelled.
The Nokia Field Force NFC Shell was called the Nokia Mobile RFID Kit when it was announced in spring 2004 at CeBIT.
The Nokia NFC Shell CC-229D was an NFC-enabled 'shell' add-on that fitted over a Nokia 3220 handset.
The Sagem my700x ContactLess is an SWP-compliant developer/trial phone based on the my700x that has been used in European trials including a small-scale transport pilot in Lisbon and a trial at Disneyland Paris.
The Samsung SGH-D500E NFC was the first NFC handset, announced in 2005 and used in the first trial in Caen, France later the same year.
The Samsung SGH-X700N was an early NFC developer handset based on Samsung's venerable 2005 SGH-X700 candybar.
Toppan Forms and NXP worked together on an NFC handset based on Toshiba's TG01 Windows Mobile phone in 2009.
- Kyocera demonstrated prototype NFC handsets built with technology from Inside Contactless at the CTIA Wireless tradeshow in 2007 and 2008.
Phones that don't have NFC
The media covering mobile handsets is very competitive so rumours, speculation and unverified assumptions fly around the world's gadget blogs and forums all day long. Here we address the more persistent NFC misunderstandings...
- Apple's iPhone. The iPhone does not yet have NFC, and Apple has so far made no official statement either way about the technology's inclusion in future products. The iPhone 5 launch on 12 September 2012 made no mention of NFC being included in the handset.
- Windows Phone 7.5 Mango does not have NFC support.
- Many Japanese phones boast Osaifu Keitai ("mobile wallet") support, but this system based on Sony's Felica technology is not the same as NFC. Japan's mobile network operators are, however, moving to NFC and phones are starting to appear on the Japanese market in 2012 that support both NFC and Osaifu Keitai. These phones are included in this list and tagged Osaifu Keitai.
- ZTE has confirmed to NFC World that the ZTE N880E, an Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' smartphone, does not have NFC.
- The budget BlackBerry 9220 does not have NFC.
- The Kyocera Echo doesn't have NFC hardware, the company has confirmed to NFC World, despite the technology getting a mention for a while on an official spec page.
- The Samsung Galaxy S II only comes with NFC in some variants and territories. Most S IIs are not equipped with NFC hardware and availability varies by carrier and country, so buyers are advised to double check with their supplier before purchasing.
- Android 2.3+ phones. NFC requires special hardware in the handset, so although Android supports NFC from version 2.3 onwards, it does not follow that all phones running this and later versions of the Google operating system have NFC capabilities. Indeed, most don't.
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