Nokia Unveils C3 Touch and Type Handset

Nokia announced a new smartphone in the UK, the C3, during the Nokia World event in London, one that comes with a very distinctive feature, a keypad and a touchscreen.

The C3 is squarely aimed at the entry level and has been launched in Indonesia back in June with some surprising success it seems. The smartphone uses the Series 40 platform and is being marketed as an affordable messaging and social networking handset.

It's only 11mm thick, comes with a 2.4-inch touchscreen device, a five-megapixel camera, a stainless steel body, Wi-Fi, a microSD slot and the sort of finish that reminds us of the good old Nokia handsets (like the 6700 Classic).

The C3 will come with Nokia messaging 3.0, Instant Messaging and a Communities client plus support for Facebook and Twitter as well sa access to the OVI store. The phone is expected to go on sale by the end of the year for around £120 SIM Free excluding VAT.

Competition at this price range though is extremely tough given that you can grab the LG Optimus GT540 on PAYG at T-Mobile for less than £100. That phone comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi and a proper smartphone OS, Android OS 1.6.