Last year, professional camera maker RED, announced its own modular smartphone – the HYDROGEN One. The phone which is priced between $1200 to $1500 awas available for pre-order last summer with a 2018 release date. New details have now surfaced about the phone.
Founder of the company, Jim Janard said in a forum post that he and the President of the company, Jarred Land, are both using working prototypes of the HYDROGEN One with serial numbers EVT1-0001 and EVT1-0002 respectively.
One of the unique selling points of the HYDROGEN One apart from its modularity is its display. Apart from being able to run in regular 2D mode like most smartphones, it can also run in a 4View mode (holographic).
According to Jim Janard, it is a “better than 3D” image that doesn’t require glasses. He says in the post that everyone who has seen the screen (in this mode) has been blown away.
For modularity, the HYDROGEN One has a set of pogo pins similar to the Lenovo Moto Z series. These pins will connect to modules that adds an additional battery or cinema-grade camera amongst others to the phone.
The post also listed a few specs of the phone:
- 5.7” 2560 x 1440 hi-res display
- Snapdragon 835 mobile platform
- Dual SIM slot (hybrid)
- 4500mAh battery
- USB-C port
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Stereo speakers
The good news is that the RED HYDROGEN One will be available to carriers. However, availability will be dependent on how soon a carrier certifies the phone. Due to that, estimated ship date for carrier-versions will likely be in the summer. Nevertheless, those who pre-ordered will get theirs unlocked and shipped to them earlier than that.
RED also revealed that they are planning a HYDROGEN Day at their studios probably in April where the technology behind 4View (4V) will be demonstrated.
RED’s target market for its phone are those involved in content creation, so if you do not fall into this category it may not be justifiable spending over a $1000 purchasing it.