RED, the Camera Company, Just Made a Smartphone with a Holographic Display

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RED is a pretty well-known camera company, especially amongst hard-core YouTubers like Marques Brownlee. Today, for some odd reason, they introduced a smartphone. And this smartphone includes the world’s first holographic display that doesn’t require any glasses or added hardware to operate.

Specifically, the phone’s called the Hydrogen One. It operates with the Android OS and comes in either a titanium or aluminum body. The display allows users to view multi-dimensional content and enjoy “‘look around depth’ in the palm of your hand, no glasses or headsets in sight.” 2D, 3D, VR, AR, and MR content can all be viewed, including RED’s own Hydrogen 4-View content (H4V). You can also shoot H4V content and convert it into 3D content. Both formats can be uploaded to the web.

Obviously, this phone sounds insane, but it gets crazier. RED will integrate the Hydrogen One into their other products like the Scarlet, Epic, and Weapon to act like a user interface and monitor for controlling other equipment. The phone will also launch Red’s modular Hydrogen System which incorporates a new high-speed data bus “to enable a comprehensive and ever-expanding modular component system, which will include future attachments for shooting high quality motion and still images as well as Hydrogen format holographic images.” Clearly, RED wants to future-proof this handset as much as they can, and a modular system may be the way to do it.

Finally, the Hydrogen One will also incorporate a proprietary H3O algorithm that converts regular stereo sound into “expansive, multi-dimensional audio.” RED says to think of the technology like 5.1 surround sound for your headphones. Insane, right?

One of the only things we don’t know about the Hydrogen One is its full spec list. We know it’ll sport a 5.7-inch screen, and the product’s description says it’ll support microSD card expansion and USB-C. But as far as processors and RAM goes, it remains radio silent.


That said, this phone will most certainly not be cheap. For the aluminum model, the Hydrogen One will cost you $1195, while the titanium model costs $1595.  RED is currently taking pre-orders for the handset they expect to ship in Q1 of 2018. Supply will be extremely limited as the first orders will be shipped out of a personal first production batch a RED team member has. Therefore, they’re not promising they’ll be able to fulfill everyone’s order or guarantee them these are the final price points of the handset. But for the moment, think about what a holographic screen could do for you…

You could view all angles of a Snapchat.

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