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Nokia World 2009: X6, X3 and N97 Mini Hands-On

By Seow Tein Hee & David Chieng - 3 Sep 2009

Nokia x6 and x3

Nokia X-Series

Some might think that both the Nokia Booklet 3G and Nokia N900 are the limelight for this year's Nokia World. We think otherwise, because Nokia has also taken the opportunity to confirm what its X-series will be - X for XpressMusic and it will represent all future music-centric devices.

Taking this opportunity at Nokia World, the Finnish company has just unveiled two new X-series devices. They are the Nokia X6 and Nokia X3. Firstly, let's talk about the X6. Like the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, the X6 will only be available as a Comes with Music device. This would translate to unlimited music downloads from the Nokia Music Store for a whole year.

Most of us would have known that the X6 is powered by the touchscreen Symbian S60 V5 OS. But the interesting fact here is that the X6 is the first Nokia device with a capacitive display. This is quite aptly used, since we've also noticed that kinetic scrolling is available for its Music and Contacts bar. The X6 will also come with a feature known as Playlist DJ. This is essentially a smart software manager that assigns 'categories' to your music and adjusts your playlist according to your whims. For now, the X6 will be the only device loaded with the Playlist DJ function. For those who're interested in the X6, be ready to shell out 450 euros for this music phone.

The Nokia X6 felt like a slimmer and more stylish version of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. More importantly, it'll be the first Nokia device with a capacitive touch screen.

Positioned as one of the top-tiered music series device, the X6 will also come with a 5-megapixel camera and 32GB worth of internal storage for music playback.

The X6 will be loaded with the Playlist DJ function that categorizes your songs and allows you to choose your playlists according to your mood.

The X3 is targeted at the entry-level consumers who are seeking a basic device with decent music playback quality. Unlike the X6, the X3 will be using the more basic Symbian S40 OS. Though priced at the affordable 115 euros range, the X3 doesn't look or feel like an entry-level device. During our hands-on time with the unit, we found the build quality good and sturdy, plus it has a solid feel to it.

The Nokia X3 is a simpler music phone, using the basic Symbian S40 OS and sports a slider form factor.

The X3's numeric keypad looks flat, but it does have a decent tactile feedback to it. Notice the speaker at the bottom of the device, with an accompanying one at the top too.

It's a music phone, so you'll definitely be seeing a 3.5mm audio jack on the X3 (and the X6 too).