Nokia X3 Touch and Type To Have Touchscreen, Keypad

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The wraps have just come off the Nokia X3 Touch and Type, an upcoming entry-level smartphone that will be Nokia’s first to include both a Touchscreen and a numberpad.

The design was chosen because this company believes that typing is best used for texting and social networking, while touch is better for functions such as web browsing,  setting alarms, and controlling the music player.

“With the Nokia X3 we are giving consumers the best of both worlds by combining a touch screen and a keypad in an affordable device,” said Mary McDowell, Executive Vice President of Mobile Phones at Nokia. “We have given people a larger screen with clear icons and menus plus kept critical keys such as the send and end keys. We’ve also added dedicated function keys for important links like music and text messaging.”

Nokia X3 Touch and TypeNokia is targeting this Symbian S40 model at younger consumers who have spent years becoming fast typists in a numberpad.

The X3 is going to be a GSM phone with 3G, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It will sport a 5 megapixel camera, and an FM radio.

Potential purchasers of the X3 Touch and Type should not confuse it with the X3-00, a music-oriented slider that debuted last year.

Pricing and Availability
The Nokia X3 Touch and Type is scheduled to go on sale before end of September.

In Europe, this smartphone is expected to retail for around EUR 125, excluding taxes and subsidies. Pricing in other areas of the world has not yet been announced.

 

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