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RED HYDROGEN One: a smartphone for the future that costs $1,295


RED HYDROGEN One puts you on a new level of immersive entertainment and digital creativity. Experience and capture holographic 4-View video and images with multi-dimensional surround sound—no glasses, goggles, or headsets needed. Take your enjoyment on the go with a device that holds up, featuring an aluminium body with Kevlar® panels.

That statement above is not your typical smartphone talking, and that is what we will be finding out from this entirely new concept of the future. I’m also pretty sure that you may not have heard of them before, with very little information available.

For starters, here’s a little info on who they are.

“Everything can and will be made better. It is just a matter of when and by whom.” vowed Jim Jannard in 1975 when he founded Oakley with $300 in the bank.

In his garage lab, Jannard’s team redesigned motorcycle grips and wraparound goggles for professional athletes. Ten years later, they had redefined the entire eyewear category with the now iconic Oakley eyeshade design.

Decades later, Jannard decided to make the best camera in the world. He gathered his visionaries in a bunker in Southern California to design and build a high-performance digital cinema camera with the quality of 35mm film and the convenience of pure digital. Within ten years, the RED family of cameras have set a new industry standard and have shot some of the biggest blockbusters.

Now Jannard's team has created HYDROGEN One™, a smartphone designed for doers, makers, content creators, and RED-heads devoted to the RED experience.

That’s purely inspirational, coming from one of the best innovators in the world. The question now begs, is the industry ripe for some innovations? Can people afford to pay the high price for it?

Let’s begin by taking a closer to what the RED HYDROGEN One has to offer:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD 3D LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~515 ppi density
  • Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Front glass, aluminium or titanium body, kevlar ends
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • 12.3MP + 12.3MP primary camera with PDAF, Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama, H4V holographic video and interchangeable lens mounts
  • 8.3MP + 8.3MP secondary camera with H4V holographic video
  • 128GB/256GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 512GB
  • A3D Sound
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4500 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Single-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2018 release date
  • USD 1,295 price tag

HYDROGEN One has a 5.7-inch screen with a Quad HD resolution. We now find this amazing smartphone with its 4-View Lightfield Display that creates an experience that goes beyond 3D—with no glasses required. Powered by Nanotechnology, the display delivers realistic depth, light and textures bringing content to life in fundamentally new ways. It’s the display the world didn’t see coming. In 2D, the display delivers a crisp 2560 x 1440 resolution.

The RED HYDROGEN One is available in rugged titanium and aluminium models, each with a backplate made with Kevlar® fibre, and intuitive, functional RED-designed sides and controls. This goes way beyond traditional smartphone design. This is a media device design that does more than you ever dared imagine.

As for its camera, forget everything you know about the traditional photo shoot that we all have grown accustomed to. With the HYDROGEN One Holographic 4-View (H4V) capture, your content isn’t just seen. You can now even feel it. Images, videos, and selfies—whatever you’re capturing, you now have front and back H4V recording capabilities, creating an experience that’s better than 3D and requires no glasses or tracking hardware. Shooting 3D, creating a depth map and adding two additional views (4V) real time. From an exotic sports car’s shine to the last rays of the sun at dusk, H4V capture produces beautiful lighting effects with dynamic textures, glitters, and light shafts. Welcome to the end of flat content.

Even those audio aficionados have something amazing in store for them with the proprietary A3D Sound from the HYDROGEN One. The A3D algorithm frees the stereo files trapped in the old digital world. Sound becomes expansive, spatial, immersive—with or without headphones. Music, movies, memories and content. They're all experienced with a sound field that surrounds and stuns the senses. Listening will once again be a thing.

Remember those Moto Mods that allows you to add modification to the smartphone? The HYDROGEN One offers something similar, where you can add a power pack for increased battery life, expand the phone’s memory to capture more of your precious moments or attach a cinema-grade camera module.


RED HYDROGEN One is the world’s first holographic media machine that fits in your pocket. It is a revolutionary product that will democratise digital creativity, from cinema to music to photography to art. It isn’t just a smartphone; it’s a tool.

RED HYDROGEN One had just been released for USD 1,295 and comes in Black, Shadow and Titanium colours for you to choose from.

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