Some time ago, Red announced their first phone the Hydrogen One. The announcement was drool-inducing, to say the least. Specs weren’t fully available when Red made the announcement, the biggest claim to fame was the screen. Red marketed it as a Hydrogen Holographic Display. Very few people have actually seen this display, and those that have were given strict instructions to not take pictures. Oh, the camera might be good too.
Who is Red?
To over simplify it, Red is a camera company. Red is the camera company. Some of your favorite online influencers use Red cameras, most notably I think is MKBHD. I think he’d be the first to admit a Red camera is a bit overkill for YouTube. They are incredibly modular, can shoot 8k video, incredible dynamic range, very fast data transfer rates, oh and they’re incredibly expensive. To get into a Red camera you can easily spend well over $20k. They aren’t without their issues, but no one is perfect.
Why should you care?
The camera on this phone will be great. It has to be. The phone will also be modular. I think the camera will have the majority of modularity, not so sure we’ll see much in the way of speakers and projectors a la Moto X. For a lot of people this camera has the potential to replace just about any standalone camera they own. The biggest question would be the price of each of the modules. I can’t imagine they would be very inexpensive.
The other huge selling point is the screen. Considering how little we know about this phone, the screen is actually the part we know the least about. Since it’s being sold as a Holographic and 3D display, I’m thinking maybe 3DS, but nicer. The clarity has to be off the charts, especially given the company’s reputation.
Availability and Price
So far we only know the price of the phone. There are actually two versions of the phone, Aluminum and Titanium. The former was priced at $1,295 and the latter at $1,595. That is definitely a pretty penny for a company’s first foray into the cell phone business.
Presumably, they will both be available on Verizon and AT&T here in the States. Red did mention that the pre-order pricing was available for a limited time. Considering pre-orders have long since been closed, I hate to think what the price will be once it actually hits carriers.
If you really want to hold this phone before the summer (August?) release, AT&T is hosting AT&T Shape on June 2-3.
Register for the event and stop by the exhibits area to sample games, movies and other content on the RED HYDROGEN ONE smartphone before it is released to the public.
I do have to point out the event is in L.A. so if you don’t live in the area you might want to start making arrangements now. If you want to register for the event, you can do so here.
Is Red for you?
This phone isn’t for everyone and I’m sure Red knows that. As much as I want to get my hands on this thing, this is one that I think will end up staying in the Verizon store while I play with it. That is unless Red wants to send one to the awesome people over here at DHTG (shameless, I know).
Seriously though, how many of you already have your pre-order in? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you’re looking forward to most!