Last year in a surprising fashion, RED announced that they’ll be releasing their own smartphone called the Red Hydrogen One. If you know RED, they never do things at a basic level. Rather, they like to turn the dial to the max and provide the most absurd and over the top products that is unmatched in the industry. The same goes for the upcoming Red Hydrogen One as it’ll be able to provide an AR experience without the use of special HMD or glasses.
Pre-orders for the RED Hydrogen One are currently available with the Titanium version costing $1,595 and the aluminum version costing $1,195. But the release date for the RED Hydrogen One smartphone wasn’t available until now.
Red Hydrogen One smartphone release date
In a post by Jim Jannard, Founder and CEO of RED, he announced that the RED Hydrogen One smartphones will likely ship “sometime in the summer” with the unlocked versions shipping “before that.”
The reason behind these shipping dates according to Jannard is that the phones must be certified by the phone carriers prior to it being available. “It is bad news for the time that it takes for each carrier to certify the Hydrogen before it can launch. We have no control over that process and are at the mercy of the carriers,” said Jannard.
The founder also went on to talk about the importance of this flagship phone for the company.
“In 2D mode (normal cell phone) the display is completely as you would expect. 2560×1440 resolution. Fantastic color and brightness.
In 4V mode (holographic), the screen dims a bit and out pops a “better than 3D” image… no glasses needed. There is no way to describe this. You just have to see it. So far, everyone that has seen it gasps, swears or just grins. I wish we had recorded all the reactions. Priceless.”
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835x processor. Unlocked or carrier specific.
The HYDROGEN One has a headphone jack.
Dual SIM slot. (Two phone numbers or one sim and one micro SD card. USB-C).
It weighs about 2 ounces more than most 5.7” cell phones.
Shoot 3D to 4V on the cell phone. Both sides. You won’t need a module. The phone can also break out a normal 2D companion file so you don’t have to.
Here’s a preview of the Hydrogen One smartphone from last year.
According to RED, the Hydrogen One is “The world’s first holographic media machine, in your pocket, no glasses, needed.” The product is a completely standalone multi-band smartphone operating on Android OS. They describe it to be able to “shatter the mold of conventional thinking” with its’ ability to display holograms without using a peripheral device. Hydrogen One will come with a 5.7″ retina display featuring advanced nanotechnology that’s seamlessly switches between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games. It’ll be functional on both landscape and portrait modes.
Embedded in the OS will be a proprietary H30 algorithm that converts stereo sound into expansive multi-dimensional audio, similar to 5.1 sound on your headphones. It’ll also feature something called the Hydrogen System which incorporates a high-speed data bus to enable a comprehensive and ever-expanding modular component system. This allows you to shoot at higher quality motion and still images as well as Hydrogen format holographic images.