TazTag Introduces First Android Phone That Combines NFC, ZigBee, and Secure Element
Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, French tech outfit TazTag, a company that specializes in NFC and similar contactless tech, unveiled a smartphone that integrates NFC, ZigBee, and Secure Element to create a very different kind of Android phone, called the TPH-ONE.
With that beefed up security, plus the wireless data transmission possibilities of NFC, the TPH-ONE, according to TazTag, will be useful in home automation, smart energy monitoring, set top box smart user interfaces, and mobile payment. Inside, the TPH-ONE runs on an 800 MHz Qualcomm processor, with 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of storage. Thankfully, there is a Micro SD slot that allows for 32 GB more storage. The display is 4”, with a 480 x 800 resolution and is multi-touch capable. The TPH-ONE has a 5 MP auto-focus camera with a 0.3 MP front-facing camera, and is powered by a 1500 mAh battery. The phone will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s unknown whether or not there will be an Ice Cream Update for the TPH-ONE in the future.
The specs are pretty low-rent overall, but if the TPH-ONE comes with a low price tag, and the NFC capabilities intrigue you, keep an eye out for more information. The TPH-ONE will be available for pre-order in March, with delivery scheduled for April.