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Nokia X3 – 02 Touch and Type

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While its high-end segment seems to be a bit less-crowdier than the value-for-money segment. After the C3 got its touchscreen version, Nokia quickly unveiled the touchscreen version for its entry-level X3 series. We already reviewed the Nokia X3 back in August, despite its good music playback, we were not quite impressed with this mid-segment slider. Let’s see how the new X3 Touch and Type is compared to the older X3 and the newly launched C3 Touch and Type.

Nokia X3 Touch and Type is a budget smartphone. It has a hybrid design that combines a touchscreen as well as a traditional 12-button phone keypad.

The Nokia X3 Touch and Type has a sleek, brushed aluminium finish and will be available in five colours (white silver, dark metal, lilac and pink). It is also one of the thinnest Nokia phones ever at just 9.6mm. It weighs a mere 78 grams.

The Finnish company is targeting rapid texters who are used to using a traditional keyboard. According to Nokia, “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.”

The X3 Touch and Type has a different design to the Nokia N900 phone which has a touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard, and Nokia’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the N8, which is a full touchscreen device with no physical keypad.

Despite its price, which is expected to be low, the Nokia X3 Touch and Type has plenty of features. Running the Symbian 40 Series operating system, the X3 includes 3G and HSPA support, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. On the entertainment side, the X3 Touch and Type has a 5-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, video recording, MP3 player and FM radio capability. Only 50 MB of internal memory is present, but the X3 Touch and Type has a microSD card slot that can be expanded with cards up to 16GB in size. According to Nokia, battery life is rated at five hours talk time and 17 days of standby time.

The X3 Touch and Type will have access to Nokia’s Ovi Store for third-party applications, and will also feature Nokia Messaging — a client that offers push access to consumer e-mail and chat accounts.

The X3 Touch and Type is an intriguing hybrid phone, but it remains to be seen if the concept will take off. With its entry-level positioning, we are sceptical as to how responsive the 2.4in resistive touchscreen will be — it looks promising in Nokia’s preview videos below, but we’ll be keen to put it to the test when it launches in India.

Against the C3 Touch and Type, the X3 Touch and Type pretty much has everything the C3 Touch and Type  sans the LED flash  for the camera. The physical form factor looks a bit similar but X3 Touch and Type has dedicated music keys.

From the older X3, the Nokia X3 Touch and Type is a big upgrade in terms of screen size and camera pixel count. However, the form factor changes from slider to candy bar design.

Summary

The Nokia X3 Touch and Type is a feature-rich entry level phone with a very nice design. It sports a 5MP camera and offered plethora connectivity options. It is an attractive option for those who need a stylish and affordable phone that does not skimp much on features.

Pros:

  • Stylish design
  • Bigger screen than the old X3
  • 5MP Camera
  • Good set of connectivity options

Cons:

  • No GPS
  • Resistive Touchscreen
  • Hybrid design may not appeal to all

Specifications:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, August
Status Available. Released 2010, September
Size Dimensions 106.2 x 48.4 x 9.6 mm, 45.3 cc
Weight 77.4 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
– Dedicated music key
Memory Phonebook Yes, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 50 MB user available
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels
Video Yes, VGA@18fps
Secondary No
Features Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors White Silver, Dark Metal, Petrol Blue, Pink, Lilac
GPS No
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
– Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Gtalk
– Facebook, Twitter
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Flash Lite v3.0
– Organizer
– Voice memo
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 860 mAh (BL-4S)
Stand-by Up to 408 h (2G) / Up to 408 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 5 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 3 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 28 h
Misc Price group Rs. 9,000/- to 10,000
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