February 18, 2018

RED Unveils $1600 Holographic Smartphone

08 July 2017, 12:33 | Denise Dawson

Hydrogen One Is Camera Maker Red's First Smartphone

RED announces new $1195 Android phone with 5.7-inch

RED has built incredibly high-powered cameras that have become the darling of many in the film industry, now they're setting their sights on the smartphone market with what seems to be a deeply odd device announcement. With the exception that the Hydrogen One comes loaded with a "5.7-inch professional hydrogen holographic display".

The phone is also modular too, with RED promising Hydrogen will be compatible with its camera products and an "ever-expanding modular component system". Red, as you probably know, is actually a camera maker, however, it just announced its first smartphone. It costs $1,595 for the "Titanium" high-end version and $1,195 for the "Aluminum" slightly lower-end version.

According to Mashable, RED is advertising the Hydrogen as the "world's first holographic media machine" and asserts that it doesn't require glasses to see the supposed holograms.

'We will NOT guarantee these prices at the time of release'. The phone however is only expected to be out on Q1 2018.

While several reports are doubting the technology being used in the display, RED founder Jim Jannard says "there is no good way to describe it until you see it".

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The Hydrogen One will also be able to act as a dedicated control centre integrating with the company's camera portfolio. Looks like it has a headphone jack, USB-C and some pins for attachable accessories? As an additional benefit, customers placing the early orders will be given a "special small token". There is little idea what kind of processor the phone uses, the amount of storage space it has or its type of RAM.

The Hydrogen One is set to ship in early 2018 for $1,195 United States dollars (about $1,548 CAD) for the aluminum iteration and $1,595 (approximately $2066 CAD) for the titanium version.

Two models of the phone are available for preorders. Most importantly though, due to display production limitations, the company will not be able to fill all orders on time. We can't help but think of Amazon's ill-fated Fire Phone from a few years ago, but since this is from RED, we're optimistic.

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