Nokia has announced an NFC-enabled edition of the Lumia 610, bringing the next-gen communications standard to Windows Phone for the first time ever.
Launched recently at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the NFC Lumia 610 will be released on Orange early in the third quarter of 2012, with other networks expected to follow shortly after.
NFC, or Near Field Communications to give the tech its more formal name, allows the 610 to read NFC tags – a bit like scanning QR codes that might take you directly to a website, for example, but a whole lot more instant as you don’t need to launch a separate app for it. More importantly, it can be used to make contactless payments for small-ticket items.
Perhaps the most interesting application for it, though, is the ability to connect with NFC accessories. This enables users to play music stored on the phone by simply tapping it on a compatible speaker.
Nokia has confirmed the handset is certified with both MasterCard PayPass and Visa payWave for making payments at the point of sale.
Aside from NFC skills, everything else remains exactly the same as the ‘vanilla’ model announced at MWC. These include a 3.7-inch LCD screen, a five-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage and an 800MHz processor.
Pricing for the handset has not been revealed yet, but expect this to be broadly in line with the original version by the time of release.