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Nokia Announces First “Touch and Type” Handset, the X3

Nokia just announced its very first “Touch and Type” phone, the X3 model, a super slim device that combines a touchscreen display with the traditional 12 button phone keypad. Such a form factor allows users to quickly tap the display and chat/write texts using the numeric keypad.

The device will debut in Q3 with a 125 EUR price tag, before taxes and subsidies. Nokia X3 is focused on one-handed use and one thumb texters, who like a speedy SMS writing experience, plus chat and IM on the go. The phone impresses through its very thin case, only 9.6mm thick and the brushed aluminum back cover, available in 5 color versions.

The X3 has pretty interesting specs: 3G, WiFi, a music player, FM radio, a 5 megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom, video capture and social networking features. Also, you’ll find dedicated music and messaging keys on the device, allowing you to quickly access Ovi services. Nokia Messaging, Ovi Store and Ovi Unlimited Music are available on the handset, too.

Aside from this handset, Nokia also announced the new pocket speaker MD-11, enhancing the audio features of the X3 and going for a mere EUR 25. Videos detailing the first “Touch and Type” phone are available below: