First HTC NFC phone to arrive ‘in next 12 months’

The first HTC phone to include NFC functionality could be a year away, HTC Europe head Florian Seiche told delegates attending the Reuters Global Technology Summit this week.

HTC Europe chief Florian Seiche
SEICHE: NFC coming 'within 12 months'

Seiche “expects HTC to roll out its first mobile phone using near-field communications (NFC) technology for mobile payments within the next 12 months,” Reuters reports.

HTC chief executive Peter Chou first revealed last December that the handset manufacturer has plans to add NFC functionality to its mobile phones. Reports in April suggested that the first phone would be positioned slightly above the HTC Sensation and could arrive in the third quarter of this year.