High-end camera maker is releasing a smartphone with a 'holographic display'

Randall Craig
July 8, 2017

RED has today announced a new smartphone, the Hydrogen One. Red boasts of enabling users to experience "look around depth" with Hydrogen One's holographic display. RED says that these modular accessories include attachments for shooting higher quality videos and pictures as well has Hydrogen format holographic images.

The specifications of the Hydrogen One is still subject to change, but RED has already opened preorders for the upcoming smartphone. Overall, this is certainly an intriguing device, though given the price - high even for an unlocked, multi band smartphone - and the lingering questions we could forgive you for keeping your credit card in your wallet.

The RED Hydrogen One doesn't have a release date, but the company says that it should start shipping during the first quarter of 2018.

If you're into it, you can head over to the RED website to check it out a little more. But for the moment, think about what a holographic screen could do for you... RED founder Jim Jannard says there's no good way to describe what the technology can do, you'll just have to witness it for yourself.

Red is usually known for its cameras, which have been used to film movies such as "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", "The Martian", "Transformers: The Last Knight" and a host of others. The device has a proprietary H3O algorithm that will turn stereo sound into expansive multi- dimensional audio. So much so that the RED Hydrogen One states it will offer "multi-dimensional content" without the need for additional hardware, including headsets or glasses.

Hydrogen has a headphone jack, USB-C port and a big camera at the back and a prominent red-colored record button. At present, the Hydrogen One can be pre-ordered for $1195 for an aluminium version and $1595 for a titanium version. The company is bundling a "special small token" for people who order early. Most importantly though, due to display production limitations, the company will not be able to fill all orders on time. It will be a modular phone, too, similar to what we've seen from Motorola and its Moto Mods.

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