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More RED Hydrogen One specs and release date details revealed

RED's "holographic" smartphone is expected to launch with carriers this summer rocking a Snapdragon 835 chip.

Published onJanuary 23, 2018

The RED Hydrogen One

  • The RED Hydrogen One will feature a 5.7-inch QHD screen that can display images in 2D and (holographic) 4V without the use of glasses.
  • It’s expected to launch with carriers this summer.
  • It will pack a Snapdragon 835 chip and 4,500 mAh battery.

The RED Hydrogen One has been up for pre-order starting at $1,195 (and going up to $1,595 for a titanium model) since last summer. Yet despite this, the device’s specs and features have yet to be fully outlined.

We’ve heard there will be “holographic” display and a modular design—and we’ve seen how it is expected to look—but in a new post in the RED user forums (via GSMArena) from the camera equipment company’s founder, Jim Jannard, we now have a few more details on what it will offer.

Jannard reiterated that the display will come in at 5.7-inches with QHD resolution and that it can operate both in 2D mode and a slightly dimmer holographic mode (4V) that works without the use of special glasses. Though it’s unclear at this point what kind of content this will support, the exciting news is that you’ll be able to “shoot and create 4V content” on the device natively (i.e. without an additional module).

RED offers more details on how its 'holographic' Hydrogen One phone will work

Meanwhile, we also learned some of the Hydrogen One specs. It’s set to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip (from the likes of the Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel 2), 4,500 mAh battery with USB Type-C connectivity, hybrid SIM tray (dual-SIM or SIM+microSD card) and a headphone jack. You can expect it to be relatively chunky.

Jannard also says that the device will get official carrier support and expects the device to go on sale with carriers this summer. Pre-order customers will receive their device sometime before that, but likely not prior to an upcoming event this April, where Jannard said the company may show off the unit to pre-order customers at its headquarters.

What RED is proposing with this phone is unlike anything else on the market right now. Though some might be disappointed by its use of last year’s Snapdragon 835 chip, the unique features, and the not completely crazy price tag (I mean, RED has a camera mount on its website that costs the same), still makes this a very interesting device. Give us your thoughts on it in the comments, and check out its pre-order page here.

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