RED is a brand known for its high-end professional cinema cameras. The company seems to have decided on diversifying its product range and thus announced a premium smartphone called the Hydrogen One. According to RED the USP of the Hydrogen One is its Holographic Display. The smartphone comes equipped with a 5.7-inch display which apparently uses nanotechnology to make the switch between usual 2D content and the holographic multi-view content.
RED claims that it will be using an algorithm to convert the stereo sound to “multi-dimensional audio” and this is expected to elevate the immersive experience. Also, the Hydrogen One will offer modularity and will allow users to snap attachments, just like Moto Z lineup. The company further claims that the phone will work in tandem with the RED lineup of digital cinema cameras.
As you might have already guessed the Hydrogen One is not something that will be price sensitive, the aluminum version is priced at $1,195 while the Titanium variant commands a premium at $1,595. The company also tries to add a touch of exclusivity to the smartphone and says “after this initial release we will NOT be able to fill all orders on time due to display production limitations. We will NOT guarantee these prices at the time of release.”
The Hydrogen One will come with a USB Type-C, 3.5MM audio jack, and expandable storage. The company is yet to reveal the exact specifications of the Hydrogen One. At this juncture the Hydrogen One is all about the claims made by RED, sadly the company didn’t have a live demo or a video to showcase its capabilities. However, RED founder Jim Jannard stressed that “there is no good way to describe it until you see it” and added “our display is the technology you haven’t seen before. It is not lenticular, which is an inferior tech in every way, has been tried many times before and failed for a good reason.” A Holographic smartphone is an interesting concept, but RED should have backed it with a video demo, something that would convince users.