It’s by no means a fast process, but little by little, we’re starting to see smartphone manufacturers begin to embrace Near Field Communications in their latest handsets. After Samsung really got the ball rolling last year with the Nexus S, we hit a bit of a lull, but now we’re finally starting to see the capability pop up on more and more mainstream models, like some of RIM’s new wave of BlackBerrys. It looks like HTC will be the next to join the party, with the revelation that the upcoming HTC Stunning will include NFC support.
The Stunning is expected to be released exclusively in China next month, so it could still be a little while before we see an NFC-equipped HTC smartphone make it to the West, but this is likely just the first of many such models we’ll see from the company. Chinese consumers will be able to use the Stunning with the nation’s UnionPay system for conducting transactions via their smartphones.
Besides its NFC abilities, all we know about the Stunning is that it will have a four-inch screen. Now that HTC’s on-board the NFC train, we’ll be keeping our out for the next such model with the feature; it wouldn’t surprise us to learn of one before the year’s out.