Today Nokia announced the NFC version of the recently launched Lumia 610. Lumia 610 is the first device to run on lowered requirements for Windows Phone like just 256MB RAM instead of usual 512MB RAM. With this NFC enabled version of the Lumia 610, Windows Phone platform will be tasting NFC for the first time ever. This also indicates the strong bond between two companies and how it’s beneficial for the Windows Phone platform.
The NFC enabled Lumia 610 is also certified and compatible with MasterCard PayPass® technology, and with Visa’s mobile application for payments at the point of sale, Visa payWave which will play significant role in NFC penetration. Apart from payments, Lumia 610 will also be compatible with wide range on NFC accessories and devices based on NFC technology. From photos it seems that the 610 will come with the orange colored skin for the UI. But whether there’ll be more customization for the operator is unclear. Nokia haven’t also commented on whether the NFC version of Lumia 610 will be made available in other global markets or not or there will be two separate versions in markets.
The Lumia 610 NFC will be available in stores in the third quarter of 2012.