You may have heard of the Nokia X3 before, which is a music-focused midrange slider running S40 (Nokia’s featurephone OS). You may even have heard about the candybar CDMA Nokia X3 that was headed to China. However, you probably haven’t seen or heard of the X3-02 until now.
This is a candybar device and looks like it’s at the low end of the midrange. It’s also meant for China. There are conflicting reports on whether or not it runs Symbian, but judging by the fact that the entire X3 family has so far been S40-based, I’d venture a guess and say that Symbian probably isn’t powering this phone. If so, this may be the first S40 device to have a touchscreen. And while that won’t be of any immediate use to anyone outside China, it could be the start of a whole line of S40 touch phones, as previously rumored.
- a 2.4″ 240×320 touchscreen (probably resistive, since it has handwriting support)
- HSDPA 3.6 Mb/s
- WiFi 802.11 b/g
- Bluetooth 2.0
- 5 MP autofocus camera with video recording, no flash
- 16 MB internal memory, microSD card slot
- 3.5 mm headset jack
- Dimensions: 106.2 x 48.4 x 9.6 mm
- Weight: 96.4 g
Pretty much the only thing that stands out here is the touchscreen. Having a touchscreen in such a form factor is not something you see every day, especially one this small. Nevertheless, touchscreens are pretty much a must in China (as is handwriting recognition), so the move does make some sense for that market.
There are no official details yet on pricing or availability, but a Q3 release is rumored.
If priced correctly, this could be one low-end handset with very good sales in what is now the world’s biggest mobile market.
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