RED Hydrogen One smartphone will likely ship this summer

Avatar By Joseph Scalise | 3 years ago

RED believes its highly-anticipated Hydrogen One smartphone — the companies first endeavor into mobile devices — will ship sometime this summer.

This update came yesterday, when RED CEO and founder Jim Jannard reported the news in the company forums. He also mentioned a few new specs for the pricy “holographic-display” smartphone, and also provided additional launch details.

RED first began to take preorders for the phone nearly half a year ago. However, getting the devices out to market has not been an easy process. The company has apparently managed to get mobile carriers on board for the launch, but Jannard provided no specifics on which ones. He did state that the carrier support for the new phone is “as good as it gets.” While that could mean all major U.S. carriers, it is going to be months until such questions can be answered, The Verge reports.

RED is likely to start previewing their phone around April. There have been a few details about the device, and in the recent post Jannard stated a few more. He said the device will have a a Snapdragon 835 processor, a dual SIM slot, and a gigantic 4,500mAh battery.

Previous announcements also show the device will have a 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 display, USB-C and microSD card support, a headphone jack, and dual front and rear cameras. While those features are nice to have, the most exciting thing about the phone is its cameras and screen, which are supposed to display “holographic 4-view content.” That refers to 3D images that change with your perspective. Early reports state the phone will be able to  record video in 2D, traditional 3D, or RED’s new “4V” format.

“The 4V files match the pixel resolution of a traditional 2D file, which is great for downloading,” the company noted in its update, according to Engadget. “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 excited as many are, nobody has seen the above feature in action just yet. There are quite a few missing details about the Hydrogen One. However, if it lives up to its promises it could more than deliver on the hype that has been surrounding it for the past six months.