Samsung Galaxy Note NFC enabled, when and where

Samsung Galaxy Note

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Galaxy Note with optional nfc chip
The world’s first 5.3” HD Super AMOLED display, provides you with an expansive high-resolution screen for an immersive viewing experience. NFC is optional.
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) does not support nfc, but with extra “middleware” Samsung can enable nfc on Gingerbread devices with nfc chip.

Update March ’12; For the DIY, (Do It Yourselfers)
How to enable reading / writing nfc tags at AT&T Note with disabled NFC chip.
1e Your AT&T Note must be rooted for Read/Write access.
2e Copy file android.hardware.nfc.xml from SAUROM (/system/etc/permissions folder) to your AT&T Note.
At xda-developers.com more info about this.
Don’t expect more than nfc tags reading and writing.
This is just for ATT customers with the i717. Other models don’t have the nfc chip, no nfc to enable.

Expected; end Oktober/November ’11, UK, Netherlands and France confirmed.
Rumor; NFC in UK disabled.
update okt ’11; a Dutch shop says AVAILABLE ! Other sources say nov.3.
Nowhere a word about NFC !

Update okt ’11; Leaks reveal, Galaxy Note expected to get Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich operating system upgrade.

NFC enabled in India ? and/or Korea ? Apparently nowhere in europe ! No one seems to know if there is an disabled NFC chip inside. Why should Samsung tell their customers . . ?
Update; No NFC in India. Enabled NFC in Korea, disabled NFC at ATT US.
AT&T asked Samsung not to add software for NFC into the Samsung Galaxy Note.

Rogers Canada puts their Note in their nfc enabled phones list.. (user feedback is welcome).

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update jan ’12; leak, Galaxy Note NFC enabled at AT&T, Q1-Q2, about april available? This is not an official announcement!

update feb.12; AT&T confirmed that their version of the Samsung Galaxy Note dues not support NFC. According to the teardown provided by Samsung, the battery cover has the antennae for NFC built in with a pair of copper points to connect to the phone. Looking at the AT&T Galaxy Note, that antennae and the contact points on the phone are still there. It would appear as though, just like the Samsung Galaxy S2 when launched for AT&T, the Galaxy Note has had the ability removed on a software level from the device. source Geek.com

At this time, AT&T has refused to comment on why they have repeatedly disabled NFC on their devices.
See all AT&T Mobile Phones with Plans at BestBuy

update jan ’12; Samsung has been shipping its new smartphone-tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note, to Korea’s major mobile operators, SK Telecom and KT, with an NFC chip inside for nearly a month. Sales have been brisk, with 250,000 units of the Note sold in less than the month December. source: NFCTimes.com

update March ’12; Upgrade to Android 4.0 ICS available “in the next months.”




HSPA+ up to 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
※ Network differs by country


1.4GHz Dual Core Processor


5.3” WXGA (1280 x 800, 285 PPI) screen*


Android™ 2.3(Gingerbread)


Main(Rear) : 8 MP with LED Flash / Front : 2 MP
Action Shot, Beauty, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot


1080p Full HD video recording & playback
Recording: 1080p@24~30fps/ Playback: 1080p@30fps
Codec: MPEG4/ H.263/ H.264/ DivX, Xvid, WMV, VC-1


Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS

Multi Input

Full touch
+ S Pen (Advanced smart pen)


Bluetooth® technology v 3.0 + HS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct


Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity,


16GB Internal memory
+ microSD (up to 32GB)


146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 mm, 178g


Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh

Value-added Features

Samsung Touchwiz/ Samsung Live Panel UX
S Memo/ S Planner/ S Choice (Apps for GALAXY Note)
Samsung Apps
Samsung kies 2.0/ Samsung kies air
Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub
Google™ Mobile Services : Gmail™, Google Talk™,
Google Search™, YouTube™, Android™ Market,
Google Maps™ with Google Places™ and Google- Latitude™
A-GPS, Glonass
※ Some specifications may vary by country



*Display: 5.29″ in actual measurement
All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this website including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation. Screen images simulated. @ 2011. Samsung Electronics Co.Ltd.
Google, Android, Android Market, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Talk, Gmail, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Latitude, and Google Places are trademarks of Google Inc. Apps may require a fee.
Source www.Samsung.com

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Joao Rostli


  1. Sanjeev Kumar

    How to enable/take use of NFC in Samsung Note??

    Thnkx in adv.

    1. Joao Rostli

      If NFC doesn’t appear in your settings,
      1 or you don’t have an NFC chip inside, or
      2 disabled NFC chip inside.
      Samsung and network operators don’t give information about this.
      Forum.xda-developers.com is a good place to look for more info. A thread for AT&T customers; http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1530517, Maybe you find other useful info on other pages in that forum.

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