Hydrogen One Launched: Know More About the Smartphone from Red

An illustration of how RED imagines taking the Hydrogen One and turning it into a DSLR-style camera

An illustration of how RED imagines taking the Hydrogen One and turning it into a DSLR-style camera

"Hydrogen One will be an unlocked phone operating on Android and the press release issued by RED touts the new features of the product will 'shatter the mold of conventional thinking.' The key innovation here is the 5.7" holographic display that will allow seamless switching between 2D, 3D, and holographic Hydrogen 4-View content. What is the holographic display?

RED is a camera maker and as a testament to it's quality, some films shot with their products include "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", "The Fate of the Furious", and Netflix series 'Stranger Things.' International movies from India, Japan, and Hong Kong also use RED cameras for filming.

Little is known about the Hydrogen One's internal specs.

Looks like the device will have a glasses-free 3D display. This immersive experience is not limited to the display only. The OS will also be able to convert stereo sound into a multi-dimensional audio. There is no good way to describe it until you see it. Would you do us a favor? Our display is technology you haven't seen before. "It is not lenticular, which is an inferior tech in every day and has tried many times ahead and failed for a good reason", the RED co-founder Jim Jannard had mentioned. Lenticular display dramatically lowers resolution, can not be turned off for standard 2D content, only works in one direction (usually landscape), has color crosstalk... to name just a few issues. The phone will have a USB-C port for data transfer and charging, the phone supports expandable storage via micro SD card and yes it does have a headphone jack.

An exploded view of RED’s smartphone attached to a camera module and a battery module
An exploded view of RED’s smartphone attached to a camera module and a battery module

Being a camera company, the device is said to devote more attention to updating the camera attachment for the device, which also can be used as a control center for its professional camera systems. It is also modular similar to the Moto Z of Motorola's phone lineup.

First, the basic specifications of the Hydrogen One: The display of the phone will be 5.7 inches is size and Red claims in its statement that it has used some nanotechnology to make the switch between the normal 2D content and 3D content and it can further change to holographic display and even run interactive games without any serious effort by the user.

The company says the phone will be ready for shipping in early 2018; it is now available for preorder on the company website. The pre-orders are available now.

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