Aug 31st, 2011

Based on a thorough examination of the Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T, Engadget has confirmed that the handset will launch with NFC support. Both kernel drivers and an APK for NFC support were located, and the handset was found to run in NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format) mode. This means the AT&T version of Samsung’s popular handset will join T-Mobile’s (as revealed by FCC filings) as part of the mobile payments revolution. At the launch event for the devices an AT&T representative confided to us that their version of the phone would launch with a unique feature, could they have been referring to NFC?

Left on the outside is Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch. Their Galaxy S II variant was found to lack NFC. Also noted was the presence of the same WiMAX radio as that found in the Nexus S 4G. Let’s hope WiMAX connectivity issues don’t carry over.

[via Engadget]

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