The Samsung Galaxy S II certainly is a strange phone. First we heard news that Samsung was shipping the handset with two different processors depending on which territory you were talking about.
Now comes a similar story regarding that hot new mobile tech everyone's talking about: NFC. For while some territories may well be getting the Samsung blower with an NFC chip inside, we now know the UK definitely isn't one of them.
In the run-up to the Galaxy S II's launch there have been suspicions that only certain areas would get NFC capability, but there was some debate as to exactly which camp the UK would fall into.
Some suggested that NFC wouldn't be enabled at launch, but that the device would nonetheless ship with a dormant NFC chip on board that would be activated via firmware upgrade at a later stage.
However, a Samsung UK spokesperson has officially ruled that out, saying the handset wouldn't have the technology on board at any point.
“We have spoken again today to those in charge of UK distribution and have had it confirmed that UK stock will not feature NFC as standard,” the spokesperson confirmed to Clove. “Also there will not be an NFC chip within the device so there will be no ‘software upgrade’ available in the future to enable this.”