Nokia X3 Touch And Type Smartphone Unveiled

Nokia has finally released the X3 touch and type handset, one which comes both wiht a touchscreen and the bog-standard 12 button numeric keypad, a strange but appealing combination.

The phone - which is a smaller version of the existing X3 - boosts a super slim, 9.6mm thick body, that houses an ARM-based processor, a 16GB microSD card, a 4-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, Wi-Fi, 3G and an FM radio.

Bearing in mind that it weighs a mere 78g and comes with OVI Music unlimited, it is likely that many may consider it to be the ideal iPod replacement especially as it is expected to sell for as little as £100 when it debuts sometimes in this quarter (around £15 on monthly contracts).

The Symbian-based phone may face the £100 LG Optimus GT540 or Nokia's own X3 original when it goes on sale.

The LG phone is particularly attractive since it comes with Google Android, packs a 3-inch touchscreen display (the X3 T&T has a 2.4-inch one), has 3G and has a 1500mAh battery.