Nokia shows off ?touch and type? phone

New mobile device gives consumers the best of both worlds, mobile giant claims
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Nokia has launched the new X3 smartphone, which combines a touchscreen interface with a traditional 12 button phone keypad.

The device, expected some time this quarter, is the vendor’s first ‘touch and type’ phone, designed to give the customers “the best of both worlds”.

“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,” said Mary McDowell, Nokia’s executive vice president of mobile phones.

“We have designed the Nokia X3 to be a touch and type device because typing is ideal for SMS and social networking where fast and frequent input is needed, while touch is ideal for functions such as setting alarms, smooth browsing and controlling applications like music and games.”

The slimline device measures just 9.6mm thick, making it one of Nokia’s thinnest phones ever. It has a brushed aluminium back cover and comes in five colours – black, white, pink, lilac and electric blue.

The X3 boasts a range of additional features including 3G, WLAN, a music player, an FM radio and 5MP camera with 4x digital zoom, which can also record video.

Meanwhile, dedicated music and messaging keys allow the user easy access to Nokia’s Ovi services applications.

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