Slashphone gives us a first-look at Helio’s Drift. This slider boasts a vibrant 2.12-inch TFT display, a 2.0-megapixel camera, EVDO, and a built-in GPS receiver. Best of all, it’s priced at just $225.

What makes this phone special is that it ships with google maps, as well as an integrated GPS module. Cool, but cooler is that it adds dodgeball-like meat space social networking with its Buddy Beacon. Flip it on, and friend with the same phone can see where you are on the map. You can use buddy beacon to theoretically signal them by sms to turn on their beacons, too

[via Gizmodo]