Finnish phone fabricator Nokia revealed today what it thinks is the answer to the needs of the mobile Web 2.0 warrior: the Nokia X3 Touch and Type. As its name suggests, it's Nokia's first phone that has both an alphanumeric keypad and a full touch-screen display combined into a tasty 9.6mm-thin candybar.
Why build a phone with both input options? Well, according to Nokia's official video, "Because sometimes, you just want a phone." It isn't exactly clear if the X3 T&T is the successor of the X3 or if it's just a new version, but judging by the official photos, they definitely look as though they fell from different threes – get it?
As mentioned, the X3 Touch and Type has 2 input devices. First is the keypad, which is laid out quite differently. Numbers 1-9 are arranged in the usual hash pattern but *, #, and 0 are now located on the side. Touch texters may find themselves having a hard time adjusting to this new design.
Next is the touch screen. At 2.4 inches, it's rather small, but if the Series 40 GUI [graphical user interface] makes use of large icons and buttons, the limited space shouldn't be a problem.
Slated to sell for the low, low price of €125 (about P7,500 – peso price TBA), the Nokia X3 Touch and Type is due for release before October. Hopefully, the local release is in sync with the scheduled global outing so we can play with it ASAP.
- 2G: Quadband GSM
- 3G: HSDPA
- Type: TFT resistive touchscreen
- Size: 2.4 inches
- Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
- Colors: 256,000
- Memory: microSD up to 16GB
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth: ver. 2.1 with A2DP
- Cable: microUSB 2.0
- GPS: no
- FM Radio: yes
- Stills Resolution: 5 megapixels
- Video Recording: yes
- Operating System: Series 40
- Audio Formats Supported: MP3, WAV, eAAC+
- Video Formats Supported: MP4, H.263
- Battery Life
- Talk: up to 5.5 hours
- Standby: up to 408 hours
- Size: 106.2 x 48.4 x 9.6 mm
- Weight: 78g