Nokia has announced that it will launch its second music focused phone at the beginning of next year. Called the Nokia 3250 the phone will feature dedicated music keys and storage for up to 750 songs.

The Nokia 3250 will store up to 1 Gigabyte (750 songs) of music and offer 10 hours of music play. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the Nokia 3250's two-megapixel camera and smartphone capabilities. The triband GSM 900/1800/1900 model is expected to start shipping in the first quarter 2006.

By twisting the Nokia 3250 keypad 180 degrees, consumers can toggle between the music controls and the traditional phone keypad. The music player of the Nokia 3250 supports a wide array of digital music formats such as MP3, WMA, M4A and AAC, making it easy to load and transfer music.

Additionally, songs can be downloaded over-the-air while on the go and songs can also be set as ringtones. The Nokia 3250 supports microSD memory cards of up to 1 Gigabyte with storage capacity for up to 750 songs. An FM radio with Visual Radio client complements the Nokia 3250's complete music package.

Using the Nokia Audio Manager software, users can convert their favourite CDs into digital music files, and “drag and drop” their personal music collections and playlists directly from their computer. Headphones can be connected to the Nokia 3250 via the 3.5mm connector.

The Nokia 3250 comes with a two-megapixel camera, which is activated in the landscape mode by twisting the Nokia 3250's phone's keypad 90 degrees.

The Nokia 3250 is based on the Series 60 platform and Symbian OS and promises a talktime of up to 3 hours.

The new model is apart of the “Nokia XpressMusic” range, a dedicated feature brand that aims to make it easy for consumers to identify Nokia's growing portfolio of music-optimized mobile devices. Each mobile device with Nokia XpressMusic shares key features that ensure the best mobile music experience, including dedicated music key(s), music pause/resume on incoming calls, support for 3.5 mm connectors and extended battery life for easy and convenient music listening.