What other changes are there to be found regarding the phone’s design? Unfortunately, the answer is not much… Sliding the QWERTY keyboard out will still make the screen tilt, but we found the D-pad of the N97’s keyboard to be missing here. Other than that, the manufacturer has incorporated some stainless steel elements on the body.
Except for flick scrolling, the Nokia N97 mini doesn’t feature other interface changes. However, it will come with Lifecasting with Ovi, which will allow the user to publish status and location updates in Facebook directly through the homescreen. These software enhancements, as well as a number of new widgets will be available for the N97 as well, via software update this October.
Nokia N97 mini Specifications
It seems Nokia is no longer into long names (just as we are) and thus it has finally dropped the XpressMusic label in favor of the new Xseries. So, what this means is that the future music-oriented phones of the company will come under this branding. Today, we got to see the first two Xseries handsets, the touchscreen candybar X6 and the slider X3.
Equipped with a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, the Nokia X6 is certainly the more interesting of the two. At first, we’ve got to admit that it catches the eye with its straight lines, but after spending a few minutes with it we found its build quality to be subpar and we really find this quite unpleasant, especially having in mind its rather high price.
When it comes to specifications, the X6 is heavily-armed and ready for battle with the competition, offering a 32GB of internal memory, 5MP Carl Zeiss camera with a dual LED flash, A-GPS, 3.5mm jack, TV-out and a battery that should guarantee 35 hours of continuous playback. The screen is also optimized for a great multimedia experience with its 16:9 widescreen format.
In terms of software coming on board, the X6 will introduce the Playlist DJ app that is able to quickly create a playlist for you, depending on your mood. Otherwise, the version of the operating system is the same as the one found in the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic that we have thoroughly reviewed.
Keep in mind the X6 will be a “Comes With Music”-only device, meaning you won’t be able to get it without the service. Comes With Music allows you to download as many songs as you like from the Nokia Music Store for either 12 or 18 months, depending on the package you buy.
Nokia X6 Specifications
A glimpse at the Nokia X3 is enough to notice that it is successor of the XpressMusic phones. Either in black/red or black/white blue, it looks as “aggressive” and youthful as the previous models. We like its size and weight but although parts of it are made out of metal, it still has that rather cheap feel (which isn’t that strange for an affordable model). The music shortcuts on the front are handy, although a bit hard to press. However, we’d definitely like to swap them for a bigger screen, as the 2.2-inch QVGA unit here is definitely not impressive these days.
Unlike the X6, the Nokia X3 is not a smartphone, but uses Nokia’s Series 40 interface. It is the first such phone to take advantage of the Ovi Store, which offers multimedia content and applications. There aren’t many bells and whistles but features worth mentioning are the stereo speakers and the built-in radio antenna, which allows for listening to radio without plugging a headset in.
Nokia X3 Specification