Nokia revamps entry level X series handset

Mobile phone maker Nokia has revamped the existing X3 musical slider phone from 2009 with a new mobile, known as the X3 ‘Touch and Type' where they've dropped the slider but have kept the keyboard and added a touch screen.

Nokia's X3 Touch and Type has done away with the whole slider mechanism from the first model, which was launched at Nokia World in 2009. They've moved the 12 button T9 keypad to the flush front of the device, whilst adding a 2.4-inch resistive touch screen that wasn't present in the original X3 where a d-pad was the only way of navigating around the screen.

The original music oriented Nokia X3 was seen as the budgeted keyboard version of their full touch screen X6 ‘Comes with Music' handset, which was shipped with the unlimited download music service where the X3 didn't. The Nokia X6 could hold £170,000 worth of free music on the 32GB device - if compared to buying the same amount from Apple's iTunes.

Both the 2009 model and this latest version run the Symbian series 40 OS, whilst still retaining its music focus with a quick launch media button. The Touch and Type X3 arrives with 3G HSPA access, 802.11n WIFI, a 5 megapixel camera and a build in FM radio.

No official retail dates have been announced, other than to expect the Nokia X3 Touch and Type in Q3 for around £125 SIM free and unlocked.

With all these Nokia leaks and handsets being officially and unofficially released this month, there might not be anything to announce at Nokia World come September.

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