Nokia has been known to leak upcoming devices accidentally, and today the Finnish firm is at it again. In a new video prematurely uploaded to its official YouTube channel, the company reveals the Lumia 610 NFC, its first Windows Phone handset to feature NFC technology.
Microsoft has previously hinted that NFC would come to future Windows Phone handsets, and both Nokia and ZTE were rumored to be one of the first two companies to introduce it. It’s now looking like the former will be first to the party, with an official unveiling in Monaco at 2 p.m. local time today.
In its video, which was quickly set to “private” after being published, Nokia demonstrated the contactless technology in a number of different scenarios. It used NFC tags to open webpages and social networks, connect to Bluetooth speakers, and make wireless payments using Mastercard’s PayPass technology. A choppy version of Nokia’s clip has been reposted by TheGadgetBuff, and can be seen above.
The device is expected to make its debut in Europe, initially in France and the United Kingdom. Nokia France Manager Xavier des Horts tweeted this photo this morning, which appears to be signage at today’s Monaco event:
It’s interesting that Nokia has chosen to introduce NFC to a budget Windows Phone handset and not one of its high-end devices, like the Lumia 800 or the Lumia 900. But these devices are expected to catch up with future refreshes.
Are you pleased that NFC is finally coming to Windows Phone?
[via The Next Web]