Samsung is set to launch a music-centric smartphone based on the Symbian mobile phone platform.

The Samsung i450 will be an HSDPA (high-speed data packet access) handset that offers 3.5G connectivity and has an alphanumeric keypad on which text messages and emails can be composed.

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The Symbian platform offers a library of thousands of applications that can be used on handsets using its software – something that Nokia, most notably, has exploited to great effect.

With the i450, however, Samsung is specifically going after the likes of Sony Ericsson with its Walkman-branded music phones such as the W8800i and W850i. The Samsung i450 apparently has a dedicated music interface, audio credentials in the form of an amplifier from no less than Bang & Olufsen and a microSD card slot that can take cards up to 4GB.

Punters will get their first look at the Samsung i450 at next week’s Symbian Smartphone Show in London, from where PC Advisor will be reporting.

Samsung i450 Symbian S60 music smartphone

Samsung i450 Symbian S60 music smartphone

The Samsung i450 will go onsale across Europe this month.