The most affordable Windows Phone device, the Nokia Lumia 610, now comes with NFC support. Along with this technology, the handset is anticipated to make its first appearance through Orange UK.
Besides tapping to share content with others, the Lumia 610 is said to employ all the necessary hardware and software required for NFC payment and ticketing solutions. According to the Finland-based manufacturer, the technology equipped within the smartphone is even certified for contactless payments with the MasterCard PayPass solution and the Visa payWave mobile application, for making payments at checkout.
“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,” expressed Heidi Lemmetyinen, Editor-in-Chief, Nokia Conversations.
The 610 is apparently the eighth NFC-enabled device from the Finland-based manufacturer. A number of accessories including the new Nokia BH-310 NFC Bluetooth headset, have also been developed to take advantage of this technology. The handset in question is powered by the Windows Phone 7 platform and employs an 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 256MB of RAM, 8GB on-board storage and a 3.7-inch LCD. Users will also have access to the SkyDrive cloud storage service for remotely hoarding and accessing content.
The Nokia Lumia 610 NFC release date for Orange UK is expected to fall somewhere during the Q3 of 2012. Price details for the same are still not disclosed.