Nokia is developing a Windows Phone model that can connect to other devices and charge wirelessly via NFC, Nokia design chief Marko Ahtisaari has revealed to the Guardian.
The device is expected to be the new version of the Lumia 800, a Windows 7 handset that Nokia introduced in November 2011 without NFC. Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone update (7.5), released in September, features built-in support for NFC applications, but leaves integration up to phone manufacturers.
Nokia, which announced back in September that all future phone would be NFC-enabled, has shipped more than a million Lumia phones since the November launch.
In addition to NFC support, the latest designs for the Lumia 800 do not include the USB connector that is used for charging in current models, suggesting that the next 800 may be able to connect to a power source via NFC or Bluetooth.
“If you can take away a moving part and make [the phone] more beautiful in the placement of the components, we’ll do it, so that’s something where we can certainly keep improving,” commented Ahtisaari. “Take it to the extreme, and why are there any connectors?”
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