Like so many new phones from startup companies, the RED Hydrogen One is riding a wave of delays on the way to being officially released. To help keep potential buyers from completely losing interest – and perhaps calm the nerves of those who put in pre-orders – RED co-founder Jim Jannard has released some new images that he says are actual photos of the new smartphone.
As has been noted in the past, the RED Hydrogen One is going for a very different aesthetic with its design language opting for lots of angle and grooves instead of the smooth, round look dominating the smartphone market. The device is also adorned with bumps and buttons that seem to double as accent points. Some of them are likely functional in nature as the RED Hydrogen One promises it will be a modular phone with “bolt-on” options and upgrades available.
Along with the new photos of the device, Jannard also provided an update on the roadmap to release. First, by the end of next week, on August 31st, the company plans to start delivering their “Houdini Developer’s Model” of the phone to some pre-order customers. This version of the phone will be manufactured out of a special black aluminum and while a big step forward, will not be the final, finished product to be shipped to general consumers.
The “official” release date for the Hydrogen One has now been set for October 9th. On that date, the black aluminum version will start shipping. A Titanium model will be released later. Finally, on November 2nd the Hydrogen One will be available in black and another color called “Shadow” from AT&T, Verizon and Telcel. Jannard is not sure whether the carriers will make the titanium version available. The tentative retail price for the Hydrogen One will be $1,295.