BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 with nfc
Blackberry is very positive towards nfc. We didn’t need leaked info to know about the nfc technology in the BB10 phones. In 2011, they started adding the chip in all new phones. In 2012, we saw 1 or 2 new (budget-)phones without nfc and the Porsche design with nfc. I think in 2013 all BlackBerry 10 handsets will come with an nfc chip. And, hallelujah, it’s not optional stuff.
Which controller chip, still the Inside Secure?
Sorry, no info found.
Update; No official first-hand information from Blackberry, but a BlackBerry Development Advisor told me; “BlackBerry 10 don’t support Mifare Classic”. Also looking at other info, we can conclude that Inside Secure is still BlackBerry’s nfc chip supplier.
NFC antenna is in the middle of the cover, where the logo is.
Update feb.’13; ubmtechinsights.com took the Z10 apart, “NFC-ready as we discovered was Inside Secure’s SecuRead IC5C633I4 NFC solution module.”
BlackBerry 10 phones do support the NXP’s proprietary mifare classic tags? Today Jan.30, BlackBerry 10 launch day, no info about nfc controller chip, and no user feedback yet. Buy a NFC-Forum standardized tag type, anyway better for most people. New NTAG215/216 tags also have a “big” memory.
Update; Mifare classic tags (Samsung Tectiles!) not supported.
Don’t expect problems with other nfc enabled BlackBerry 7.1 and 10 devices. Small data exchange (till ~8k) via nfc probably works between different O.S.’s (some user feedback). Only if the SNEP protocol is used for the entire data transfer. we talk about an URL or contact info.
Sharing of photos and videos (big data) to another device with a different O.S. will fail. Between 2 different platforms, the connection handover to Bluetooth fails.
“NFC-enabled to support mobile payments and file exchange” Let’s be honest, this guarantees nothing. New phones and new O.S. means more time for testing needed. In some countries still no virtual wallet with contactless payments, in other countries the wallets are still in trial fase. Patience patience. It mainly depends on the network operators, if and when you can use this phones for payments. The BlackBerry 7.x phones are certified and approved but very few people can use it for contactless payments. (BB7 devices are enabled for the Cityzi wallet in France. In Canada, Rogers customers can use “suretap ready devices” for contactless payments.)
Comparing both specification lists, except for the screen, keyboard, size and weigh, specifications for both phones are exactly the same. First video shows sharing between 2 BB10 developer devices. To date of launch, no interesting videos on youtube yet, showing nfc on a Z10 or Q10.
Availability, in most countries, the Z10 will be available earlier;
Jan.31; UK – all networks
Feb.5 ; Canada – Bell, Koodo, Rogers, Telus, Virgin and …
March ; USA – AT&T, Sprint, T-mobile and Verizon
Z10 and Q10 specs;
Size (L x W x D)
Z10 – 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm
Q10 – 119.6mm x 66.8mm x 10.35mm
Z10 – 135.4 g
Q10 – 139 g
Z10 – 4.2”, 4 point multi- touch IPS LCD display, 1280 x 768 resolution at 356 PPI, Touch On Lens
Q10 – 3.1”, Super AMOLED display, 720 x 720 resolution at 330ppi
Q10 Keyboard – 35-key physical QWERTY keyboard with backlight (language specific keyboards such AZERTY and QWERTZ also available in local markets)
BlackBerry 10 OS
2 GB RAM,
16 GB Flash
Hot Swappable microSD slot (up to 32 GB)
Dual Core 1.5 GHz
8 MP rear facing camera, Auto Focus, 5x digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording, LED flash
2MP front facing camera, 3x digital zoom, 720p HD video recording
Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
NFC- enabled to support mobile payments and file exchange
microHDMI out port
Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
Wi – Fi
Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot
4G LTE or HSPA+, support for global roaming
Talk Time: up to 10 hours on 3G
Standby Time: up to 305 hours on 3G, up to 316 hours on 2G
Audio Playback: up to 60 hours
Video Playback: up to 11 hours
Q10; not available yet
source; PDF at BlackBerry.com