RED, best known for its high-end video cameras, is making its debut into the smartphone market with the Hydrogen One, which will be available in the U.S. on Verizon and AT&T. The Hydrogen One, a device that has appeared in numerous leaks, is selling itself on a holographic display using 4-View technology. This adds a sense of depth to to 4-View video content, though RED emphasizes that the experience is far superior to lenticular 3D displays which made appearances in early Android smartphones. Like lenticular 3D displays though, 4-View technology allows users to view holographic content without glasses.
AT&T is taking full advantage of the 4-View technology in its marketing for the device. The big blue carrier is offering RED Hydrogen One buyers “Ready Player One” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in 4-View technology for free. Additionally, half of the 4-View content available at launch in the Hydrogen Network will be from Warner Bros. That number is expected to grow along with the 4-View catalog, which should expand to over 100 movies in the near future.
AT&T will offer the Red Hydrogen One for $43.17 over 30 months on AT&T Next or $1,295 full retail price. That’s a hefty pricetag, but Verizon is offering the same full retail price, with the option to pay $53.95 for 24 months on a device payment plan. Both carriers will begin selling the Hydrogen One on November 2.
For a reminder, the Hydrogen One features a unique list of specs. These include the 5.7-inch 4-View QHD (2560×1440) display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage plus microSD card slot, 4-View 12-megapixel rear camera, 4-View 8-megapixel front camera, 4500mAh battery, surround sound speakers and 5.1 surround sound headphone support, and Android 8.0 Oreo. RED has outfitted the Hydrogen One with a rugged design of aluminum and Kevlar. Importantly, the device also features rear pogo pins to allow for modular accessories, such as an improved camera.
What do you think of the RED Hydrogen One? Do you have any interest in purchasing this smartphone?