The 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 is 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 78g.

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 Nokia 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 Nokia 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 Nokia 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 email and chat accounts.

The Nokia 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, and we'll put it ot the test.

Against the C3 Touch and Type, the Nokia 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 Nokia 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.

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Nokia X3 Touch and Type: Specs

  • Screen Size: 2.4-inch
  • Screen Resolution: 240x320
  • Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Nokia Series 40 OS
  • 50MB internal
  • micro-SD up to 32GB
  • 5Mp camera
  • 3G/ Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 78g
  • 48x106x10mm
  • Screen Size: 2.4-inch
  • Screen Resolution: 240x320
  • Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Nokia Series 40 OS
  • 50MB internal
  • micro-SD up to 32GB
  • 5Mp camera
  • 3G/ Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 78g
  • 48x106x10mm

OUR VERDICT

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

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