Meet RED’s mysterious new smartphone, the RED Hydrogen One
In case you haven’t heard about it, RED is making an ambition phone called the RED Hydrogen One, chief among its features the support for H4v or holographic content. Yep, you heard that right. Holograms. We’re very much living in the future now.
How they’re able to pull it off is only known to RED, and a handful few tech pundits and critics who were given some face time with the device recently. The consensus seems to be that its use of holographic video is at best impressive, wowing the likes of The Verge, Marques Brownlee, and others. The device is also notably large, even larger than the biggest iPhone available, which, I guess, is understandable, having to house all the power it requires to show frickin’ holograms! The design itself lends to an industrial, more rugged feel.
See some hands-on photos below.
As a 2018 phone, RED Hydrogen One’s specs are respectably swelled-up. Check out the rumored specs and features (as of press time) as follows.
- Runs Android 8.0
- Carrier unlocked
- 5.7-inch screen with “nanotechnology” to seamlessly switch between 2D, stereo 3D and 4-View “holographic” display modes
- Snapdragon 835
- 4,500 mAh battery
- Front and back cameras
- Supports modular attachments, including an upgraded camera module
- Charges over USB-C
- MicroSD card slot for expanded storage
- Headphone jack
- Can serve as a touchscreen monitor for Red’s other cameras
- Available in titanium ($1,595) or aluminum ($1,195)
- Shipping Q1 2018
Beyond this, the Hydrogen One also offers modularity. Chief among its initial accessories, unsurprisingly, is a huge-ass camera sensor that would be able to mount many of the traditional camera lenses to the smartphone.
The RED Hydrogen One is expected to be officially launched later this year in the U.S., with carrier partnerships on which AT&T and Verizon are already on board.
Regarding pricing, it’s pretty heavy. The base version of the Hydrogen One will use aluminum (for USD 1,195 ~ Php) and a pricier model will be made of titanium (USD 1,595 ~ Php).