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August 17, 2010

Nokia X3 Touch and Type: S40 Device Combines Full Keypad And Touch Display

by Ernest Doku

Nokia seems set to try and please everyone with their latest handset reveal: the X3 Touch and Type. Incorporating both touch and a full suite of physical buttons for the first time in a Nokia device, the Touch and Type reboots the original music-loving X3 with a more appealing form factor, five colourways and a brushed aluminium finish.

Weighing in at a spritely 78g and measuring a svelte 9.6mm, the Nokia X3 Touch and Type also brings the specs with a 2.4" touch display, 3G connectivity, and a 5-megapixel
camera with 4x digital zoom. Battery life is impressive with 17 hours standby and 5 hours 2G talktime, whilst mail, messaging and apps are ably catered for with the Ovi service.

The S40 Touch operating system gives the X3 Touch and Type a user interface filled with large icons familiar to Nokia fans, whilst dedicated mail and media keys give that fast finger access that textaholics are so fond of.

Nokia's mobile boss Mary McDowell chimed in on the reason for combining touch and text in the new X3:

“Our research tells us consumers who have invested years in becoming fast one-handed, one-thumb texters want to maintain their speedy edge for SMS, chat and instant messaging – yet enjoy the benefits of touch as well.”

With the promise of free tunes via Ovi Music Unlimited in certain markets and an  projected price tag of just €125, could this finally be the Nokia phone that appeals equally to prodders and physical form fans alike? We'll see later on this quarter.


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