Nokia's candybar X3 combines buttons and a touch interface

Some users still want to send messages using buttons, according to Nokia

Nokia has announced the X3 Touch and Type, which combines a 2.4-inch touchscreen with a traditional 12-button keypad, the company said on Tuesday.

Fast one-handed, one-thumb users want to maintain their speed when typing a text or instant message, but also enjoy the benefits of touch, according to Nokia. Besides the 12-button phone keypad, the Series 40-based phone comes with dedicated music and messaging keys, Nokia said.

The X3 comes with a 5-megapixel camera, an FM radio and a 3.5 millimeter audio jack and connects to the Internet using HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) or 802.11n, which still is mostly available only on high-end smartphones. It measures 106.2 x 48.4 x 9.6 millimeters, has an aluminium cover and weighs 78 grams.

On the software side, the X3 features integration with Facebook and Twitter, as well as e-mail and instant messaging using, for example, Gmail and Windows Live Messenger.

The phone is expected to start shipping in the third quarter and will retail for approximately €125 (US$160) excluding taxes and possible subsidies.

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