Nokia's recently announced ‘X-series’, which currently consists of the X3 and X6, looks to build on the success of the XpressMusic series with some funky new styling and a healthy set of features.

The X3 is a slide model sporting a 2.2” (240x320) display and retains the media-oriented features of XpressMusic with a 3.5mm jack and dedicated music controls. It’s only 2G, but does offer a 3.2MP camera, FM radio with built-in antenna and stereo speakers, along with a 2GB microSD card to boost the internal memory. Available in red, black/blue and silver, the X3 also claims green credentials as up to 80% of the components are recyclable.

At the other end of the scale the more powerful X6 is a 3.2” (640x360) touchscreen device that effectively upgrades the current 5800 XpressMusic with a sleek new look and a 5MP digital camera with Carl Zeiss optics. It’s also available with Nokia’s ‘Comes With Music’ service and has 32GB of internal memory on which to store your tunes. Though this isn’t expandable via microSD its music-oriented design is confirmed with up to 35 hours playback. Other media features include 640x480 video recording at 30fps, built-in video and photo editing and as well as a 3.5mm jack and stereo speakers there’s a TV-out to view content on the big screen.

The X6 is a 3G tri-band phone with A-GPS but despite this healthy range of features and a snazzy new look, seems fairly expensive at EUR 450 SIM-free. The X3 on the other hand, will cost a pocket-friendly EUR 115 and both phones will be available from Q4 this year.

Gizmag’s Dave Weinstein got hands-on with the new models at Nokia World in Stuttgart – check out the rest of the images above to see how they look.

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