Nokia Lumia 610 NFC officially announced: Q3 2012 release

Nokia has officially announced the first NFC enabled Windows Phone handset today; the Nokia Lumia 610 NFC. This may sound surprising given that even the company’s high end Windows Phone model, the Lumia 900, which just launched a few days ago doesn’t have an NFC chip in there. Nokia has apparently added its own software stack on top of Windows Phone 7.5 Tango to get this whole NFC thing going. Remember that LG has apparently done something similar with, the yet to be announced, LG Fantasy handset. The Nokia Lumia 610 NFC will be available in Q3 2012 on Orange. Check out the full press release after the break and a video demo of the handset in action:

MONTE CARLO, Monaco – At WIMA today, Nokia announced an NFC version of the recently launched Nokia Lumia 610. Orange will be the first operator to bring the new Nokia Lumia 610 NFC to the market.

The Lumia 610 is the most affordable smartphone in the Lumia range, making it the perfect introduction to both Windows Phone and NFC for a younger, broader audience.

The new smartphone can pair with NFC accessories and read NFC tags with a single tap.

It also has all the necessary hardware and software for NFC payment and ticketing solutions. In fact, the Lumia 610 NFC has been certified for contactless payments both with MasterCard for their PayPass solution, and with Visa’s mobile application for payments at the point of sale, Visa payWave.

Nokia’s Andrea Bacioccola explains how people can use NFC on the Lumia 610 NFC in the video at the top of the page.

On the technical side, Nokia did this by adding an NFC software stack on top of the Windows Phone platform. The necessary NFC hardware was added into this version of the Lumia 610.

Nokia has a long history in NFC. The Lumia 610 NFC is the 8th NFC smartphone Nokia has introduced in the past two years.

Nokia also has a growing range of NFC-compatible accessories, such as the new Nokia BH-310, an NFC Bluetooth headset designed for people who spend a lot of time in their cars.

source: Nokia