I (finally) got my hands on a Nokia 6131 NFC handset with which I have been playing with. This handset is to be released later this year (summer) here in the U.S.

The 6131 NFC is a Series 40 3rd Edition (FP1) handset with support for the following Java APIs:

  • MIDP 2.0 / CLDC 1.1
  • Advanced Multimedia Supplements
  • Bluetooth API
  • File Connection and PIM API
  • JTWI clarifications
  • Mobile 3D Graphics API
  • Mobile Internationalization API
  • Scalable 2D Vector Graphics API
  • WMA 2.0, 1.0
  • Web Services Specification
  • Contactless Communication API

…a pretty good list of supported APIs, and support for WAP 2.0

It's primary display has a resolution of 240 x 320 with a color depth of 24 bits, and a secondary display with a resolution of 128 x 160 with a color depth of 18 bits. The handset's display is crisp; very clear.

Memory storage holds 11 MB, with JAR files up to 1MB. It has a Micro SD slot.

Connectivity-wise the handset supports EGPRS, GPRS, HSCSD, CSD (GSM 850 900, 1800, 1900), Bluetooth, Infrared, USB, and well as NFC.

The handset supports the following video formats: 3GPP formats (H.263), H.264/AVC, MPEG-4. The following audio formats are supported: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, MP4, WMA, Mobile XMF, SP-MIDI, AMR (NB-AMR), MIDI Tones (poly 64), True tones (WB-AMR), and it comes with an AAC/MP3 player and FM radio.

But the real treat for me is its support for NFC, or Near Field Communication, which I believe will totally take off, and will be pervasive on all handsets, as pervasive as Bluetooth is today; but we are a couple of years away from the “NFC sweet spot”. But to get there, we must start today. The Nokia 6131 NFC SDK 1.0 is available from Forum Nokia. The Forum Nokia Wiki has a Nokia 6131 NFC FAQ and other very good information.

Of interest is the handset's support for the Contactless Communication API (JSR-257), which is the enabler for NFC “smartcard” I/O from Java; exciting – more on this later on…

The 6131 NFC SDK
6131 NFC SDK

Overall, I like the handset; its form factor, weight, its crisp display, and its overall features, oh and of course, its support for NFC… And Nokia has done a good job with documentation, resources and tools.