Nokia X3 Touch and Type Phone Combines Touchscreen, Keypad

Aug 17th, 2010 | By technologynews | Category: Technology

Nokia introduced the X3 Touch and Type Aug. 17, on the Nokia
Conversations blog. Touch screen or keypad? No need to decide, says the
Finnish phone maker. In a first, it’s combined the two, offering a
12-button keypad to complement the X3s 2.4-inch touch screen.

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 messagingyet enjoy the benefits of touch as
well, said Mary McDowell, Nokias executive vice president, as quoted
by the blog.

The X3 is colorful and thinit comes in a choice of black, silver,
blue, lavender and fuchsia, and at 4.17 by 0.377 by 1.88 inches is one
of Nokias thinnest handsets yet. But dont let the tiny packaging fool
you, as theres quite a bit included here. Nokia has packed in four
bands for voice, 3G connectivity, HSPA and WiFi for data. Theres also
an FM radio, a music player and a 5-megapixel camera with four-times
digital zoom and video capabilities.

The X3 additionally supports e-mail, Web mail and chat services. (In a video on the blog,
messaging is an area that seems to particularly benefit from the
convenience of the paired touch screen and keypadone can type up a
note on the keypad, and send it off with a tap to the touch screen.)

Applications can be downloaded from Nokias Ovi Store, and in some
markets the X3 will come with Ovi Music Unlimited, which offers access
to more than 11 million songs. And making it easy to store them, the X3
has a microSD slot that supports up to 16GB.

Battery life is said to be five hours of talk time or 17 days of standby.

The X3 will go on sale this quarter for 125 Euros, or approximately
$161 dollars. While it will hopefully arrive in the United States and
other markets later, the X3 will initially launch in China, Ireland,
the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, Singapore,
Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

During the second quarter of 2010, Nokia led the worldwide handset market, shipping 111.6 million units, according to an Aug. 12 Gartner report.
However, said the report, good quality, well-priced products were not
enough to maintain Nokias leadership in the high-end sector, and the
company ultimately lost 2.6 market share percentage points

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