There isn’t much to innovate in smartphones. They are already immensely powerful, have bezel-less and curved screens, feature dual cameras and are available with fingerprint sensors. Displays already have crazy resolutions, and some models have as much as 8 GB of RAM. The market is overcrowded and there isn’t really a model that stands out from the crowd, but one company wants to bring something completely new to the world of smartphones. RED, the company known for its professional cameras, has announced the Hydrogen One, a smartphone that is the “World’s first holographic media machine.”
The main feature of the Hydrogen One is its unique display, capable of displaying glasses-free, four-view holographic content. This is the first smartphone capable of displaying holographic content, but Nintendo did something similar with its 3D display featured on the Nintendo 3DS.
But, RED promises to deliver a phone capable to “seamlessly [switch]between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games.” Not much is known about the display and its features, other than it will measure 5.7 inches, but the company promises something big. Further, the phone uses a special algorithm capable of converting stereo sound into “multi-dimensional audio” improving the holographic experience.
AS you can see on the picture, the phone features connectors for modular attachments that are similar in design to the ones we saw in the Moto X. According to the company, modular attachments will not be available at the moment of release, but RED is already working on them. Most attachments will be camera- based, and the Hydrogen One will be able to work with RED’s digital camera lineup.
There are no hardware specs at the moment, but we can confirm, after inspecting the image, that the Hydrogen One will feature a USB-C port, an SD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The camera looks serious, and we can say the phone looks pretty rugged, along with featuring increased grip.
The phone will come in two flavors – Aluminium version costs $1,195, and the tough with chassis made out of titanium is priced at $1,595. Both versions can be pre-ordered on RED’s website, with the phone shipping in early 2018. RED did notify the users about potential problems with shipments by stating that “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 Hydrogen One looks like a powerful device, and the phone should feature top-of-the-line hardware, especially considering the steep price. One thing stays unknown, what its display will look like, and what kind of experience it might offer. For that, we have to wait for 2018.