RED reveals more details on its Hydrogen One smartphone

Last summer an exciting, if mysterious, handset that could display holographic images became available to preorder from RED, a reputable camera equipment company that had no previous experience in manufacturing a smartphone. Available in Titanium for $1,595 or Aluminum for $1,195, little else was known about Hydrogen One. Until now.

Thanks to a post in the Red user forums by the company’s founder, Jim Jannard, we now know a little more about the Hydrogen One smartphone. The post confirmed the use of a 5.7-inch display that could output images in both 2D (2560 x 1440 resolution) and holographic mode (4V) without needing to don a pair of special glasses. The 4V image is said to be better than 3D, according to Jannard. The Hydrogen One will also be able to “shoot and create 4V content” without the need for an add-on module.

“The 4V files match the pixel resolution of a traditional 2D file, which is great for downloading. The resolution perception is just different. The horizontal resolution of 2D is now split into depth layers. It gives a completely different feeling. All the pixels are there… but instead of “looking at” a pic, you are immersed in the image. It is quite spectacular. As a resolution guy, I absolutely prefer watching 4V over 2D.”

Under the hood, it has been confirmed that the handset will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, a processor used in almost every 2017 flagship smartphone. There will also be a 4,500mAh battery, USB Type-C charging port, and a hybrid SIM tray that will let users choose whether to run two SIMs side-by-side or a single SIM plus a MicroSD card. There will also be a 3.5mm audio jack. The handset is said to be thicker and weigh a couple of ounces more than most other 5.7-inch smartphones.

While a working unit has still not been seen in the flesh, Jim Jannard did say that there will be a Hydrogen Day at RED Studios, probably during April, where people who have pre-ordered the phone will be able to take a closer look at it. He expects the Hydrogen One phone to launch in unlocked form sometime during the summer, with carrier support sometime after due to the need for certification.

What do you think? Is the Hydrogen One worth taking a chance on? If you think so, you can place a pre-order here.

Source: Jim Jannard (Red User Forums)

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).