Helio Mysto replaces popular Drift cellphone

Chris Davies - Oct 2, 2007

Update 12/22/2007:Helio Mysto Unboxing Video and First Look
Update 12/21/2007:Helio Mysto Soft Launch!

As Disney retires their cellphone service, so Helio has seemingly retired one of their most popular handsets: that’s right, the Drift – which our sister site SlashPhone liked so much they made it the star of several videos – has been put out to pasture to be replaced by a new model, the Mysto.

As is ever the case, the tight-lipped lovelies at Helio are letting no details escape them until closer to launch, although an FCC filing for the Samsung SPH-A523 went live back in August only to be fingered as the newby in Helio’s range.

The Drift managed to pack GPS into a relatively compact slider form-factor, kicking off Helio’s love-affair with location-based services such as Buddy Beacon and Google Maps. Assuming any replacement will maintain rather than defy the existing feature set, only in a more compact chassis (and some estimates put it at 1.9 × 3.9-inches W x H), this could be the cellphone to be seen with if smartphones aren’t your cup of tea.

RIP Helio Drift

We’ll obviously be bringing you more information as we get it, so keep reading SlashGear!

Heliocity [thanks Justin for the tip!]

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