Camera-maker RED’s New Hydrogen One Smartphone to Carry Holographic Display

Anirban Ghoshal

Soon you will be able to buy a phone with a holographic display. High-end camera maker RED is working on a premium smartphone named Hydrogen One that will turn this dream into reality.

The One, which will come with a 5.7-inch display, will have the ability to “seamlessly between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games.”

The blog post of the company also indicates that it will have superior camera abilities, sound system and support for modularity just like the LG G5 and the Moto Z2.

While several reports are doubting the technology being used in the display, RED founder Jim Jannard says “there is no good way to describe it until you see it.” He also writes that “our display is technology you haven’t seen before. It is not lenticular, which is an inferior tech in every way, has been tried many times before and failed for good reason.”

RED also claims that the phone will also use an algorithm to convert stereo sound into “multi-dimensional audio” to add to the immersive experience. Also, the phone
is expected to work with Red’s professional camera lineup and also support its software.

Much like several recent flagship phones, the Red Hydrogen One will also come equipped with a USB-C port, but interestingly also has a microSD card should you need more storage. A 3.5mm headphone jack will also be present.

The company also said that the phone will ship in early 2018, and it’s currently available for preorder on RED’s website. It starts at $1,195 (Rs 77,350 approximately) for the aluminium version, and there’s also a $1,595 (Rs 103,250 approximately) variant made out of titanium.

However, the company has warned that prices and some specifications may change without the design and display. In the blog, it said 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 modular attachments won’t be available at launch, the company added.

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