Does the Samsung Galaxy Alpha have NFC ?Yes. This phone normally has NFC functionality available for scanning NFC tags.
Can the Galaxy Alpha scan NFC Tags ?
The performance of mobile phones with regards tag scanning varies considerably. In fact, it can vary across models and one phone from Samsung can perform quite differently from another phone in the Samsung range. The design and size of the tag antenna and the compatibility of this matched with the antenna within the phone can affect performance and distance considerably. Generally, the NTAG21x series chips perform better than the others in terms of scan distance but as with all things technical, test your Galaxy Alpha against different tags before going to production.
Can the Galaxy Alpha encode NFC Tags ?
Yes, most versions of the can encode NFC tags with an App. NFC.Today have put together a step by step tutorial on encoding NFC tags with an Android mobile phone.
NFC Tags For The Samsung Galaxy Alpha
The table below illustrates the available NFC tags and their compatibility with your phone. As phone specifications can change without notice and also vary from region to region, we strongly advise testing tags before any purchase.
|NFC Chip||Compatible||Format Required2|
|MIFARE Ultralight® EV1||Yes||Maybe|
|ICODE SLIX||Not tested||-|
How Much Memory ?
Depending on what information you need to store on your NFC tags, you will have different memory requirements. NFC Tags have a very limited memory so getting a tag that will store everything you need is important. NFC.Today have put together some information on how much memory you will need in your NFC Tag.
Some NFC chips are supplied without NDEF encoding which can affect some mobile phones ability to scan blank tags. Certain phone/tag combinations require tags to be formatted.
Ultralight EV1 Compatibility
This is a complex formatting issue which affects some phones ability to scan MIFARE Ultralight EV1 chips but not Ultralight chips. In this case, the EV1 NFC chips need to be either NDEF formatted or encoded with data to look like the older generation Ultralight chips. It varies depending on the phone rather than the operating system. If we state 'maybe', we would advise testing first.