CASIO (NEC) G’zOne CA-201L, first smartphone with an ST NFC controller chip
One press release, a new nfc phone and a new nfc controller chip supplier. Two birds with one stone.
No available in 6 months bla bla. The phone and the chip, are here and now.
Uhh … for the Koreans.
The Casio G’zOne CA-201L is a very nice and tough (water-, dust- and shockproof) 4 inch device with mid-range specs. You can store T-money on this phone, to pay the bus and subway (NFC !).
STMicroelectronics announced that its NFC controller is being used by NEC CASIO in this new G’zOne android smartphone. The phone is sold by operator LGU+ (only?) in Korea.
– ST’s NFC controller supports multiple NFC secure apps stored in several secure locations, SIM-based SE, microSD-based SE and embedded Secure Element (simultaneous?).
– The NFC software stack is from Stollmann E+V GmbH, it supports all Google Android versions.
– ST’s NFC controller in the G’zOne CA-201L smartphone is tested for Korea’s T-money e-transport and -payment technology.
– Feedback needed about Mifare classic tags support. Better assume these are not supported. However, it’s possible that NXP gets paid for its patented technology.
STMicroelectronics isn’t a stranger on this website. Several phones have a Broadcom chip with an ST embedded Secure Element connected.
See the very nice flash apresentation for this phone (a fast connection is recommended).
A PITA if your korean is not too good. Copy and paste to translate the first hand info is impossible 🙁 . Almost all info just in Korean language intangible in the flash movie.
Metallic Red, Black
Dual core 1.5Ghz
4 inch Gorilla Glass 2, protective coating, impact-resistant
129.9 x 68.1 x 13.7 mm
8 Mp, also a 2e camera
1GB RAM / 16GB built-in memory
Rugged, shock-, water- and dustproof
Source; casiogzone.com/kr/ca201l/ and uplus.co.kr