“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” To be honest, this is the first thing that sprung to mind upon hearing about RED’s new Hydrogen One smartphone. The way RED talks about the Hydrogen One, you would think that the smartphone could cure cancer, but its claim to fame will no doubt be its 5.7-inch holographic display.
According to RED, the Hydrogen One’s display is capable of “seamlessly [switching] between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games”. All of these interactions can be achieved with the use of 3D glasses or virtual reality headsets like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
If that wasn’t enough, RED claims that this Android-based smartphone will use a proprietary H3O algorithm that will “assault your senses” by converting stereo audio streams into multi-dimensional audio.
And taking page from the playbook of Motorola and Essential, the Hydrogen One will allegedly feature a modular expansion system, which connects to a proprietary high-speed data bus. The only module that RED is currently discussing is a camera attachment that can shoot high-quality video and holographic images.
RED isn’t exactly being forthcoming on other aspects of the Hydrogen One’s other features other than to state that it includes a headphone jack, USB-C connectivity and a microSD slot for storage expansion. Other more important specs like screen resolution, RAM, internal storage and processor specs have been left out… for now. However, given how much the Hydrogen One costs (which we will get to in a minute), we hope that it’s carrying at least a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 under the hood.
RED is currently taking preorders for Hydrogen One, which will be available with an aluminum body for $1,195. However, if you want to pony up for a more exotic titanium body, that will set you back $1,595. Both variants will ship in the first quarter of 2018.