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Samsung Galaxy S2 (plus), NFC chip optional

Galaxy S2 with optional nfc chip

Samsung Galaxy S2

Update; Info and specs added about GS2 +, the latest version also includes an optional nfc chip, further down under the video.

Galaxy S2 nfc Phones with / without, enabled / disabled  chip.
(Until now, aug.2011, NFC-enabled only spotted in South Korea)
The Galaxy S2 with NFC soon in the US (AT&T, T-Mobile?) and Canada (Rogers, Telus), at least…. that’s what everyone writes ;-). Also at Orange in France NFC-enabled in oktober?

At the moment, until the contrary is proved, assume that the Galaxy S2 not NFC enabled.
Where we find the Samsung Galaxy S2 with NFC chip;
T-Mobile US (ICS 4.0.3=ISIS/NFC updated! via droid-life)
AT&T US with disabled chip
Orange France (Cityzi)
TIM Italia
South Korea
Telstra Australia (4G)
Rogers Canada (LTE)
Telus Canada (X)
Update aug’12; T-Mobile SGH-T989 approved for ISIS

NFC chip presence summarized; European and early international versions do not have NFC. Later international versions do have NFC. Yes we have the Cityzi branded, NFC enabled Galaxy SII from Orange in France.
-You need a Galaxy SII with a nfc chip. -Right battery with the NFC antenna. -You also need a SIM for NFC, with secure element. (source; forum.xda-developers.com, unfortunately Samsung tells us nothing about this)

  • Best Buy Co, Inc.

PROS:
screen display
web browsing
camera
android gingerbread
light
call quality
video
fast

CONS:
gets hot (literally)
battery life
using contacts
no hardware key for camera

“Leave your wallet at home. The Samsung GALAXY S2 has it in hand. It will house NFC short-range high frequency wireless communication technology for contactless credit card payments. It can communicate with existing smartcards and readers and is compatible with existing contactless infrastructure for public transportation and payment systems. Use NFC for secure purchasing, ticket reservations, as a transit pass, or even for electronic door entry. You can even scan smart tags on posters or billboards to download the details to your phone. That’s Samsung smart!” (Samsung.com)

October ’11 at AT&T, that’s everywhere published.

Sept ’11; Galaxy S2 NFC at T-Mobile October 12.
Galaxy S II T-Mobile

Update sept ’11, Samsung; The AT&T Galaxy S2 is not NFC-enabled, and no further info than that. (It seems that the NFC functionality is dormant. The words “Near Field Communications” are inscribed on the battery. Traces of NFC in the Phone’s firmware, and a not functioning NFC Service app.)according engadget
Maybe NFC is just waiting the roll out of ISIS virtual wallet program.

Update okt ’11; Galaxy S II at T-Mobile seems to have an enabled NFC, but no NFC app was functioning in engadget’s review.

Update okt ’11; Leaks reveal, Galaxy S2 expected to get Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich operating system upgrade.

update jan ’12; Certified for VISA PayWave

update jan 12; South Korea’s two largest operators have sold a combined 3.3 million Galaxy S II s with NFC chip, SK Telecom sold 2,3 million and KT sold 980.000 handsets. source: NFCTimes.com

update March ’12; In February 10 months the best selling phone in the UK.
update March ’12; Not officially announced, but according to a “leaked memo”, O.S. upgrade to Android 4 ICS will start later this month for the Galaxy SII !

update March ’12; Galaxy S II owners in Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Korea can upgrade to Android 4 ICS, including the new Android Beam application. The upgrade will be rolled out to other countries in the next months.

AT&T vs European version;
The GALAXY S2 is one of the best Android Mobile Phones. There were some “Cons”, irritations better said. Most of them are fixed. The AT&T Phone uses the standard Android Gingerbread keyboard now and not the Samsung keyboard anymore. It has a better e-mail app. Generally the software pleases much more. Only “the default notification sounds are terrible”. (says bgr.com)

Update, Jan.’13; The Galaxy S2 + is the latest version of the very successful GS2. Design number GT-I9105P, P is for nfc, no P = no nfc. The hardware has not changed much. The latest Android JB 4.1.2 O.S. is actually the biggest change. Unfortunately, again with optional nfc. SIM-based mobile wallet (SE), approved by Mastercard for Europe.
With or without nfc, when and where available? No info yet.
Samsung GALAXY S II Plus Product Specifications

Network

3G HSPA+ 21.1Mbps,HSDPA 7.2Mbps,HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 MHz2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Processor

1.2 GHz Dual Core processor

Display

4.3″ WVGA(480×800) Super AMOLED Plus

OS

Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Camera with LED FlashSub(Front) : 2 Megapixel CameraBuddy Photo Share, Group Facetag, Face Zoom

Video

Codec: H.263,H.264,MPEG4,DviX,VC1(WMV9),WMV7,WMV8,Sorenson Spark,MP43, VP8Full HD(1080p@30fps) Playback & Recording

Audio

Format: AAC (AAC/AAC+/eAAC+), MP3, OGG, 3GP, 3GA, MP4, M4A, AMR, AWB, FLAC,WMA, WAV, MID, XMF, MXMF, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, IMYFM Radio, RDS(Radio Data System), 3.5mm Ear Jack

Content Features

&

Services

Samsung Apps

Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air

Samsung TouchWiz

Samsung Hub

- Readers Hub (Downloadable via Samsung Apps)/ Game Hub / Music Hub /

Video Hub

Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service

Samsung AllShare Play

Direct Call, Smart Stay, Smart Alert, Popup Video, S Voice, Voice Unlock, S Beam

Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Plus,

Google Maps, Google Navigation, Google Latitude, Google Places,

Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Downloads

GPS

A-GPSGlonass

Connectivity

Bluetooth® v 3.0USB 2.0WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 +5GHz), WiFi Direct, NFC (optional)

Sensor

Accelerometer, Geo-Magnetic, Light, Proximity, Gyro

Memory

8GB User memory + 1GB (RAM)

microSD (up to 64GB)

Dimension

NFC: 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.9 mm, 121 g

Non NFC: 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm, 121 g

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 1,650mAh

Samsung Galaxy S2 (“old”) Specifications;

Network
HSPA+ 21Mbps/ HSUPA 5.76Mbps
EDGE/ GPRS Class 12
Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Quad band UMTS 850/900/1900/2100

AP
Dual Core Application Processor

Dimensions
125.3 X 66.1 X 8.49mm
Thickness of the devices is different, with or without NFC.

Display
4.3″ WVGA SUPER AMOLED Plus *

Memory
16GB/32GB
MicroSD (up to 32GB)

Camera
8MP AF with LED Flash + 2MP Front

Connectivity
Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
BT v3.0+HS
USB v2.0

Connectors
MicroUSB, 3.5mm Ear Jack

Battery
1650mAh

OS
Android Platform 2.3

Message
SMS/MMS (OMA v1.2)
Email (POP3/IMAP/SMTP, SSL/TLS)
Exchange ActiveSync Email

Audio
MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB
AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, FLAC, XMF

Video
MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1
Recording & Playback 1080@30fps

Image
JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP, AGIF

GPS
A-GPS

Convergence
Easy Set-up (WPS PIN/PBC, Wi-Fi Direct)
AllShare (DLNA1.5)
Samsung Kies 2.0, Samsung Kies air

4 Hubs
Social Hub / Readers Hub /
Music Hub / Game Hub

Others
TouchWiz
Google Mobile Services

* May not be applicable in some regions.
* Display: “4.27″ in actual measurement
Product specifications and service availability may differ by country.

Source www.Samsung.com , But we can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

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