Two New Phones: Nokia X6 and X3 Hit the Scene
One smartphone and one dumbphone. That’s the ultimate breakdown of the X6 and X3, two new Nokia handsets coming in the fourth quarter of 2009. Both of them are, shall we say, sleek as hell.
The X3 isn’t so much impressive as it is impressive-looking. Compare this to the older Nokia 5610 and 5310 XpressMusic phones, and you’ll probably notice at first glance that Nokia’s S40 phone designs have come a long way since the XpressMusic days.
Under the hood, the X3 is a quad-band slider phone (no 3G, unfortunately) with a 3.2 megapixel camera. There’s integrated stereo speakers, hopefully on par with the 5800XM and not the N97, dedicated music keys, a 3.5mm connector, and Bluetooth 2.1 (A2DP and AVRCP profiles supported). You also get a lighted Navi-key.
Moving on, the X6 is the phone to watch out for. In a nutshell, it’s the next evolution of the 5800 XpressMusic. You get a full touch-screen running Symbian S60 Fifth Edition, 3G, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash, A-GPS, WLAN, and a 434 mhz processor. Internal memory matches the N97′s 32 gigabytes but leaves out the external card slots. No real love lost there. The screen size is the same as the 5800XM, at 3.2 inches (16:9 widescreen resolution). Battery has dropped a bit to up to 8 hours on GSM and 5 hours on 3G.
Like I mentioned before, both phones are slated for release in Q4 of this year. Pricing is what you’d expect: 450 euros for the X6, a mere 115 euros for the X3.
I purchase a Nokia Slider XpressMusic 5610 through T-Mobile. If you expect the phone features to operate and cancel when you close the phone it won’t. This phone only ends the call that you are on when you close the phone. You have to go through a series of steps to lock the key pad or you will probably send accidental text messages or call people while the phone is in your pocket or purse. The key pad also doesn’t light up when you open the phone so you can see the numbers in the dark. It took Nokia’s technician 56 minutes to tell me how to avoid these events. Our family has had several slider phones from other manufactures, and none of them had software programming that old. They forgot that the reason why people buy phones that close. What a screw up! My rating is to turn this phone into a hockey puck asap or -5. Good luck purchasing any Nokia product!