Helio’s Ocean to be out by 21st?

There’s rumbling that the Helio could be out by the 21st. As a very real competitor to the Curve and iPhone, coming out a solid month before them is probably a smart move. It feels like this device has been largely out of the limelight, with RIM and Apple hogging most of the press, which could put Helio at an advantage.

The Ocean’s going to be packing 3G, HTML browsability, stereo speakers, full QWERTY and keypad, and some pretty cool dual-sliding action. First and foremost, though, it’s marketing itself as a social networking machine, and will be sporting a slew of IM client support. You’re looking at $295 for this sucker, which isn’t insane. It’s got undeniable style, and will no doubt give the Curve a run for her money. Specs behind the jump.

Ocean Specifications
Form Factor – Dual Slider – alphanumeric keypad + full QWERTY keyboard
Color – Black
Dimensions – 4.33” x 2.20” x .86”
Weight – 5.61 oz
Display – 2.4 inch QVGA display, 240 x 320, 260K colors
3G Speed – EV-DO network support for fast multimedia downloads
Talk Time – Up to 5.1 hours
Memory – 200MB internal memory expandable via microSD™ with USB Mass Storage Mode
Camera – 2.0 Megapixel, digital zoom, built-in flash
Video Camera – MPEG-4 video recording
Audio – Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology
Personal Entertainment Center – Supports: MP3, AAC, WMA, MPEG-4, H.264, VOD, MOD
Additional Features –
o POP/IMAP Email Support
o Supports Helio Music
o GPS-enabled services and applications
o Photo caller ID

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