BenQ-Siemens has launched its second music-focused device in Europe hoping to offer consumers an alternative to the Sony Ericsson Walkman phones.

The new Q-fi EF71 is the first of a new range that will promise easy-to-use music entertainment with easy access to music functions.

The music player of the Q-fi EF71 supports all current formats like MP3, AAC and WMA and songs can be stored on an external Micro-SD card.

The clamshell phone's music credentials are further enhanced by a 10-band equalizer that lets you customize your music which is played on 3D surround speakers, allowing users to share music with friends while on the go in fine quality.

Once opened, the Q-fi EF71 features a flat, ergonomically shaped keypad and a large, 2.2-inch internal display with 262k colours. A second, external white OLED display means users won't have to open the phone to access tracks.

Other features include an integrated 2.0 megapixel camera with 9x linear zoom and camcorder function and the Q-fi EF71 can even double as a webcam if connected with a computer via a USB cable.

In addition, it is particularly convenient while on the go because it can be recharged via a USB cable by a laptop.

Furthermore, the Q-fi EF71 is the second device after the Q-fi EF51 within BenQ Mobile´s Q-fi range of easy to use music focused devices.

The BenQ-Siemens Q-fi EF71 will come with a Micro-SD card and a stereo headset.

Available in “Stellar Aluminum” in Asia from July 2006 and in Europe from September 2006 BenQ-Siemens has said prices will be determined locally.

BenQ-Siemens has told Pocket-lint it currently has no immediate plans to release this handset in the UK.