RED announces its $1200 Holographic Display Smartphone ‘Hydrogen One’ – Expensive but worth it

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The High-end cinematic camera maker RED is launching their first highly expensive luxurious phone called ‘Hydrogen One’. The highlighting feature of this phone is its unique display​, as the company calls it ‘Holographic Display’.

A Holographic Display is a display that uses coherent light to create a three-dimensional (3D) image or video of the object. The display doesn’t need any other​ equipment or 3D glasses to experience the content. And ‘Hydrogen One’ by Red is bringing it to the public now.

The Red Digital Cinema Camera Company is known for their extremely powerful and expensive 4k cameras popularly called as the Red weapon. The company was founded​ in 2005 by Jim Jannard. The motive of​ the company was to deliver affordable 4K cinematic cameras.

‘Hydrogen One’ is their upcoming high-tech Android smartphone with an expensive eye-popping price tag of $1,195 for the aluminum one and $1,595 for Titanium finish. The tech has not been much elaborated by the company, only the key features of the phone have been highlighted. The phone will rock a 5.7-inch holographic display which​ can switch   flawlessly between the 2D and 3D display and Red’s very own ‘4-view content’. This outrageous display is all because of RED nanotechnology which the company didn’t feel the need to clarify. The display will support augmented reality, Virtual reality and mixed reality because the company wants to deliver an immersive experience without the aid of any additional 3D glasses. This immersive experience is not limited to the display only. The phone is said to use an “H3O” technology which will transform the audio into multi-dimensional sound.

Jim Jannard briefed about this immersive experience by saying: “It is multi-view (4-view) as compared to stereo 3D (2-view). Watching shocked faces light up when people see it is really motivating. There is no good way to describe it until you see it. Hopefully we will get some skeptics eyes on it soon… then they can tell you. Our display is technology you haven’t seen before. It is not lenticular, which is inferior tech in every way, has been tried many times before and failed for good reason. (see Amazon 3D Fire, LG Optimus, etc). Lenticular display dramatically lowers resolution, cannot be turned off for standard 2D content, only works in one direction (usually landscape), has color crosstalk… to name just a few issues. My bet is that other “big” companies will try to re-package lenticular 3D displays with eye-tracking in response to our program. Don’t fall for it.”

According to recent reports, the Hydrogen one will pack a camera that will record up to 6K and will create their ‘4-view content’ file ready to be shared with the supported hardware. The phone will have a USB-C port for data transfer and charging, the phone supports expandable storage via micro SD card and yes it does have a headphone jack. The phone can also interact with their cameras to be used as a controller or a monitor. It is also modular similar to the Moto Z of Motorola’s phone lineup.

If the company RED delivers what it promises then this price is actually quite reasonable for a phone that’s this high-end with a Holographic Display, unique media features and is also modular. The phone is said to hit the market in early 2018. The pre-orders are available now.

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