WP7: NFC coming to Mango? [Rumor]

This one's based on pure speculation, with nothing official from Microsoft or Nokia, but after seeing the Nokia "Sea Ray" device's "accidental leak" last week by CEO Stephen Elop we could see NFC support in Mango if the device is truly identical to the Nokia N9.

We know Microsoft hasn't said anything about this at all, but it's been widely speculated for some time that Mango could enable this capability. Paul Thurrott over at Windows Phone Secrets points out the specifications of the N9 are:

A masterfully made, single-piece body that comes in multiple, scratch-resistant colors; a 3.9-inch AMOLED screen with curved Gorilla Glass; an 8 megapixel, wide-angle, 16:9 HD auto-focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, superior low-light performance, and 720p HD video at 30 FPS capabilities; 1 GB of RAM; 16 or 64 GB of storage; a 1 GHz dual-core ARM processor; and up to 11 hours of talk time, 450 hours of standby time, and 50 hours of music playback time. Also included are turn-by-turn navigation and NFC capabilities.

It's likely that if they're identical devices that this does mean that Microsoft is probably testing out the NFC technology at the very least. Business Week reported back in March that the Redmond software company was working on a "version of its Windows Phone software that will let users buy merchandise with a flick of the handset at a checkout counter," citing two sources.

To confirm our suspicions even more, Business Week says that "Microsoft is likely to get support in its mobile payments effort from Nokia Oyj." They also point out that Microsoft holds 14 patents that reference NFC currently.

This rumor is up in the air but it makes sense for Microsoft to jump on the NFC bandwagon now, especially with the impending release of Google Wallet and Google's recent announcement to make it cross-platform compatible.

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Wow, a WP7 with those specs... Its not like android where even navigating judders around.

Im seriously tempted to make the jump from iPhone 4 to WP7.

Benjy91 said,
Wow, a WP7 with those specs... Its not like android where even navigating judders around.

Im seriously tempted to make the jump from iPhone 4 to WP7.

I've wanted to make the jump from my iPhone 4 yesterday. I love how gorgeous the Metro UI is. Just simply seeing all the previews for Mango and the Sea Ray device leak makes me want a Windows 7 phone badly. Unfortunately it seems I'll have to wait until the end of the year until Nokia releases a device. MS/Nokia has to realize that their customers want their phones now. Not later this year, not next year. But today.

I'm currently using iOS 5.0 and while I like the Wi-Fi sync, and iCloud features, i'm tired of the direction the OS is headed. Actually, I'm tired of the OS all together. I've owned an iPhone since the 3G came out and I just need a change. Android still doesn't have 2D hardware acceleration in its OS so that's out. It's embarrassing to watch people brag about Droid this, and customization that, yet with a dual core Android it still stutters while scrolling through apps.

Windows Phone 7 will be the choice in 2012. I can feel it. I believe Microsoft will finally create an ecosystem as Apple once did. Windows 8, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 will be awesome.

Not sure if this is the norm in smart phones now-a-days, but the 11 hours of talk time, 50 hours of music playback, and 450 hours of standby time are what stands out to me. Gorilla glass, 64GB, and Carl Zeiss optics are also fantastic, but I'm totally getting this device for the amazing battery life. Definitely out-performs the hell out of my 1 year old Android device. NFC is also a plus, but it's not a feature I'm personally looking forward to.

Travis Alexander Brown said,
Not sure if this is the norm in smart phones now-a-days, but the 11 hours of talk time, 50 hours of music playback, and 450 hours of standby time are what stands out to me. Gorilla glass, 64GB, and Carl Zeiss optics are also fantastic, but I'm totally getting this device for the amazing battery life. Definitely out-performs the hell out of my 1 year old Android device. NFC is also a plus, but it's not a feature I'm personally looking forward to.

Yeah, battery life seems to be getting worse to be honest. I completely missed the battery specs. That sounds great...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, battery life seems to be getting worse to be honest. I completely missed the battery specs. That sounds great...

Those are the battery specs for meego, right? The OS has a great impact on battery life, they may be different for WP7.

They aren't identical devices. We've already established that all the internals have to be different so that WP7 can even run. That is, it's using a Snapdragon CPU with Adreno GPU.
It has made modifications such as front buttons and camera button and location of flash.

There is absolutely no way to know if it has NFC just because another phone which shares its design has it.

Sacha said,
They aren't identical devices. We've already established that all the internals have to be different so that WP7 can even run. That is, it's using a Snapdragon CPU with Adreno GPU.
It has made modifications such as front buttons and camera button and location of flash.

There is absolutely no way to know if it has NFC just because another phone which shares its design has it.

True. +1

Sacha said,
They aren't identical devices. We've already established that all the internals have to be different so that WP7 can even run. That is, it's using a Snapdragon CPU with Adreno GPU.
It has made modifications such as front buttons and camera button and location of flash.

There is absolutely no way to know if it has NFC just because another phone which shares its design has it.


That's why its a rumour. Er... also, afaik, chip should be supported.

I hope this is included in Mango and works in UK. Being able to pay for items with my phone is the last thing I need to ensure I only have to carry one thing around in my pocket: No wallet, no camera, and no MP3 player; just a phone

Calum, I totally agree, but I think you'll be waiting a VERY long time before you can confidently leave your house without a wallet. I have had NFC in my Credit Card for a couple of years and still only a handful of coffee shops have it. My dream is that all pubs start accepting them and the turnaround time at the bar decreases dramatically.

16GB card with 8GB built-in = 24GB on my Focus...

I might throw in a 32GB card to make it 40GB should I need to down the road - it's all about options.

64GB would be beast though.