[MWC 2012] TazTag achieves a world’s first today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the TPH-ONE is the first NFC-capable Android-powered smartphone in the world – supporting Zigbee as well. The TPH-ONE is said to be a major step forward where consumers are concerned, where it will complement the TazTag portfolio that already proposes professional oriented devices such as the TazPad and the TazServer. Merging NFC technology, Secure Element and Zigbee would open up the doors to a slew of possibilities as well as usage around us, including Home Automation, Smart Energy monitoring, RF4CE, Set Top Box smart user interface, Mobile Payment (Single Wire Protocol or embedded SE) and the many typical NFC phone usage scenarios such as loyalty programs, customer information, tourism, and transportation amongst others. Out in March later next month, check out the hardware specifications of the TazTag TPH-ONE after the jump.

The TPH-ONE definitely isn’t a high end smartphone, running on an 800MHz Qualcomm processor, sporting 512MB RAM, and equal amount of internal memory that thankfully, can be augmented with a microSD memory card slot, alongside a 4″ capacitive multitouch display at 480 x 800 resolution. Do not expect the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to come right out of the box, as you are stuck with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread instead. This phone isn’t a looker, I will give you that!

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