BlackBerry Announces Two Smartphones with NFC Capabilities

BlackBerry-Z10-Q10-smartphone-NFC-rfid-blogYesterday, BlackBerry has launched the first two smartphones running the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. Both include full NFC payments and information sharing capabilities. Although president and CEO Thorsten Heins did not go into any details at the launch event, he hinted that some kind of BlackBerry connectivity service making use of that NFC functionality could be on the horizon.

RIM, which has changed its company name to BlackBerry, first added NFC capabilities to its platform with the launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 in May, 2011. Both devices run the BlackBerry 7 operating system.

Details of BlackBerry 10’s support for NFC were first revealed in mid-2012 and a series of articles on using NFC on BlackBerry 10 have been published by the company on the BlackBerry Developer Support forums, including guides to reading and writing tags using native APIs, NFC card emulation and P2P communications.

The two latest released phones are the 4.2-inch full touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10, which features a physical keyboard and a 3.1-inch touchscreen. Both devices support LTE and include a 1.5GHz dual core processor.

The Z10 is available in the UK from today, in Canada and the UAE in February and the US in March with availability in other countries to be announced. The Q10 will start shipping in April 2013.