RED is a company that makes high-end cameras and they have now announced their intention to get into the smartphone game. The smartphone that they’ve come up with is a premium device that costs $1200 and has a holographic display. The smartphone is called the Hydrogen One and has a 5.7-inch display that uses nanotechnology to show 2D content and can easily switch to projecting 3D content like a hologram.
RED founder Jim Jannard says, “there is no good way to describe it until you see it.” He also writes that, “our display is a 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 good reason. (see Amazon 3D Fire, LG Optimus, etc).”
RED also details that the Oxygen One can use an algorithm to convert stereo sound to multidimensional audio. The smartphone also has modular attachments like the Moto Z2 Play and the recently announced Essential Phone. The smartphone will pay close attention to its camera to capture high-quality images and will also be compatible with RED’s cameras.
The company said that the Hydrogen One will be released in early 2018 and is now available to pre-order on their website. There’s an even more expensive version of the smartphone that is priced at $1,595 as it is made of titanium. The company does go out on a limb and say, “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 modular attachments won’t be available at launch, either.
The smartphone is clearly intended for photography enthusiasts and it also appeals to nerds that like holographic technology. However, due to the expensive nature of the smartphone, the rear camera better be awesome.
Main Image Credit: © RED