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Samsung To Launch New Galaxy S II With NFC

Samsung has confirmed that it will be shipping a new version of the Galaxy S II with NFC capabilities sometime in June, without giving additional details.

There was some confusion over whether the UK version of the Samsung Galaxy S II would be NFC compatible. However checked with Samsung's support team after reports emerged that the phone might receive a firmware update later.

They confirmed that the NFC version would indeed be launched in the UK by June 2011 but that there are currently no plans for Samsung to launch the 32GB version of the handset yet.

The 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which doesn't contain any NFC feature, costs around £500 and is already available on the market.

NFC has been touted as one of the most important features we can look forward to with the new generation of Android handsets, especially with Android 2.3 Gingerbread supporting near field communication by default.

It is not known whether the handset will come with a new moniker or whether it will replace the existing one in the medium term.

Back in April, online retailer Clove Technology, issued a statement saying that the Galaxy S II would run on an unknown model of Samsung's Exynos chipset rather than the Nvidia Tegra 2, and it looks likely that there may well be more changes to the original specification of the smartphone.