Helio Ocean may be days away

A few vendors said the Helio Ocean may launch as soon as May 12.

You will be mine soon. slashgear.com

I don't know about you, but I'm more excited about the Helio Ocean than Apple's iPhone. Call me a heretic if you must, but I like a phone that has a QWERTY keyboard and 3G support but doesn't cost an arm and a leg. So, I was stoked to see a rumor that the Ocean will be launched as early as May 21.

The Boy Genius Report said the Ocean will be in "general release on May 21" and "limited/internal/partner release is five to eight (days?) prior." I called Helio, and it stuck to its "spring 2007" timetable, but a few vendors were more candid.

A local Gamestop said it would have the Ocean "possibly at the end of the week, and definitely by the start of next week." A clerk at EB Games actually checked the computer and said it would have the device in May 12, for $294.99. (Remember though, you'll have to switch to Helio's services to use this phone.)

Any way you slice it, this feature-packed dual slider will be available soon, and be sure to keep a lookout for our full review. And in the meantime, check out our first take of the Ocean to read our initial thoughts and see more pictures.

About the author

    Texas native Marin Perez had big culture shock when he moved to the Golden State. After first landing in Orange County, he then moved to San Francisco in 2005 to pursue a degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. He has worked at a few start-ups and dabbled in the print media as well. Marin watches far too much basketball, and he thinks Apple isn't really hip.

     

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