Here’s Nokia’s latest addition to their growing Xseries family of phones, the X3-02. This is also the first device to employ the Nokia's latest innovation, the Touch and Type design.
If the name sounds familiar, that’s because there’s a Nokia X3 already under their line-up. The X3 is a slider. The X3-02 obviously isn’t. This one is a touchscreen phone, but don’t be fooled, you can also use its physical alphanumeric keypad to navigate the phone giving users the best of both worlds. Hence, the Touch and Type design name. The 9.6mm thin Nokia X3-02 is housed in a brushed aluminum chassis and boasts of a 2.4-inc resistive touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, WiFi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1, 3G connectivity, and runs on the S40 platform. If you’re wondering if there’s any other touchscreen phone out there running on the S40 platform, we’ll save you the trouble. There’s none. This is the first touchscreen phone to run on the S40 platform. We're not sure if there'll be more S40 devices such as this one, but based on their announcement, this probably won't be the last Touch and Type designed phone we'll be seeing from Nokia.
Here’s a promotional video for the Nokia X3-02 'Touch and Type' phone:
The choice to go with a resistive touchscreen and the S40 platform is a bit of a turn-off, but fortunately, its retail price isn’t. Priced at just €125 or roughly $160 (before tax and subsidies), this is definitely a phone worth checking out once it gets released. The Nokia X3-02 is scheduled to roll out later this quarter. You can read the full press release here.