Smartphone with built-in 3D Holographic Display: RED’s Hydrogen One

You don't need any special glasses to view three-dimensional videos

The new smartphone by RED called the Hydrogen One can not only show 2D, 3D and something it calls “4-View” images and videos without using any special glasses or viewing equipment, it’s cameras can even shoot in 3D and “4-View” mode. The phone is the first consumer handset from RED, the company better known for its high-end cameras used in Hollywood films and special effects.

Here are the specifications we have compiled so far — (subject to change):

  • Runs Android O/S
  • Carrier unlocked
  • Front and back dual stereo cameras with 4V video recording
  • 5.7-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 screen with “nanotechnology” to seamlessly switch between 2D, stereo 3D and 4-View “holographic” display modes
  • A little bigger than iPhone X
  • It supports modular attachments, including modular batteries and an upgraded “cinema” camera module
  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835X processor
  • Big 4,500mAh battery (compared to Galaxy S9 Plus at 3500mAh)
  • MicroSD card slot for expanded storage
  • Dual SIM slots
  • Headphone jack (yes!)
  • Charges over USB-C
  • Can serve as a touchscreen monitor for Red’s other cameras
  • Available in titanium ($1595) or aluminum ($1195) with scalloped edges for grip
  • Officially launching in August 2018 (Verizon and AT&T will carry it too)

A few other details: the power button will also double as a fingerprint reader. There are stereo speakers on the front, and dual-camera setup at the back. There’s a dedicated video record button. And, yes, there’s a headphone jack at the bottom (thank you RED for not omitting this).

The phone looks generally rugged all around with grip-friendly materials that look to cater to those who are using it to record some footage. This phone’s high price has us hoping for a premium, long-lasting material, probably an aluminum body. In terms of its weight, RED’s CEO has stated that it will be two ounces (~57 grams) more than most phones of its stature.

reds hydrogen one with iphone x and lg

Source: Marques Brownlee / YouTube

The ‘Hydrogen One’ was first publicly announced in August 2017. The 5.7-inch screen is designed to offer a 4-View (4V) “holographic mode” which displays a “better than 3D image” without glasses, according to RED’s founder Jim Jannard. The phone can also display standard 2D images (duh).

The phone has already been delayed twice. We’ll keep you updated about any changes and the launch, when it happens 😎

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