Samsung “not 100% sure” why NFC was left out

Samsung “not 100% sure” why NFC was left outEarlier in the week we published a cheeky exclusive, thanks to Mobotnik SimboUK, revealing that an NFC-enabled Samsung Galaxy S II would be released later in the year. Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S II was launched only a couple of weeks ago in the UK, without support for contactless payments.

Simon Stanford, Samsung’s MD for mobile devices in the UK and Ireland, has been speaking to TechRadar about the last-minute changes – some good, some bad – to the Samsung Galaxy S II.

With regards to NFC, Simon said: "I'm not 100% sure why [NFC] was taken out of this specific market model; a lot of it could be due to time to market and there may well be some iterations coming along.

"You have to remember that the UK was the first launch market outside Korea for the Galaxy S2, so I think that making sure elements like low weight and improved rigidity meant [removing NFC] was deemed necessary to get the perfect device out there, especially as the technology is still quite fledgling."

Er, I’m not entirely sure that’ll be enough to appease the folks who’ve already invested hundreds of pounds in the NFC-less model.

But it wasn’t all bad news. The Samsung Galaxy S II’s processor received an eleventh-hour bump from 1GHz to 1.2GHz dual-core, courtesy of the Exynos CPU. No complaints here.

Si explains: “That's a case of showing our technical superiority, we should be doing that, we are hugely ambitious organisation, so if we're going to launch something as great as the Galaxy S2, we're going to launch it with the best technology packed in we possibly can."

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5 comments

Robert82  May. 15, 2011 at 16:10

Slightly misleading headline...

lumoruk2  May. 15, 2011 at 22:57

Nokia c7 has this too but its network dependent. Security is through your network provider using your sim card or something. T mobile have an exclusive on the technology in the states. Check it out then write an informed article on what simmer support it and when its coming to the uk cheers.

lumoruk2  May. 15, 2011 at 22:59

oh and can you fix the big grey bar to the right that stops me logging on to my account. And i meant what phones support it above.

Hawkings  May. 16, 2011 at 12:08

I've just cancelled my amazing order for this on buymobiles.net as they are getting stock in the next 2 days and it won't have the NFC. Such a shame! Wonder if Orange's stock will have the NFC, which is also reported to be released in June.

JanSt / MOD  May. 16, 2011 at 12:39

@lumouruk2
we are aware of the login issue. If you hit http://www.mobot.net/login , you come to a working login page.
Apologies :)
As to the article,
well, the tone was obviously a stab at Samsung's flip-flopping ;)
I'm confident the author is aware of the fact that the networks have a 'say' in the implementation.
When Samsung released the Jet it had GPS but no nav software to use it with. Some networks integrated Google maps into the Jet's firmware although Google clearly stated Gmaps was 'incompatible'...just another example of 'miscommunication' between networks, hard- and software developers ;)

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