Helio announces new "Ocean" phone

  • Los Angeles (CA) - Helio today announced its latest cell phone, which it claims is the world's first to include both a Qwerty keyboard and a numeric keypad.

    The phone, named the Helio Ocean, uses 3G cellular technology for wireless entertainment and communication.  It has a 2.4 inch, 260K color QVGA screen, a 2 megapixel digital camera, and playback capabilities fr MP3, AAC, WMA, and MPEG4.

    It comes with an internal memory of 200 MB and  a micro SD card slot, which allows for up to 2 GB of additional storage.


    In another rarity for a phone, the Ocean also has a built-in USB port for transfer of music and video files directly from a computer.

    It also has advanced e-mail and messaging features, including a universal hub for six different e-mail programs (Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, Gmail, Earthlink, and Helio's proprietary e-mail application), as well as support for all major IM programs.  The Ocean can also alert users about when their friends are online, regardless of the instant messenger being used.

    The Ocean is set for release later this spring and will carry a suggested retail price of $295.