Samsung will add Near Field Communication (NFC) to at least one of its entry level smartphones, the new Player City, which strangely enough is not based on Bada, Android OS or Windows Phone.
It is instead powered by the MIDP 2.1 platform with a Dolphin browser, TouchWiz 3.0 and is already available for preorder at Expansys with the release date and exact price to be announced later.
Visually, the Player City NFC looks a little like the Samsung Galaxy Ace. Available in black or white, it features a 3-inch 240x400 pixel capacitive touchscreen, 30MB onboard storage (with an optional 16GB microSD card), Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi, a 3.2-megapixel camera with QVGA video recording and NFC.
Samsung also bundled in its Social Hub which integrates feeds from instant messaging services, MMS/SMS, Facebook, Twitter and Myspace.
The phone has yet to be officially announced by Samsung in the UK as far as we know although it has already been available since June 2011 in France and is actually an improved version of the Samsung S5260 Tocco Icon, which is available for under £100 in the UK.
It is interesting to note that Samsung has decided to add NFC capabilities to entry level phones. The latest handset from that manufacturer that comes with NFC is the Samsung Galaxy S2.