The company known for making high-end cameras, Red, has announced a new smartphone called Hydrogen One. Beside of course the powerful camera on the device, Red is touting the phone as the first ever smartphone to come with a holographic display. A recently shared press release for Hydrogen One says that the 5.7-inch display of the smartphone somehow uses nanotechnology to “seamlessly [switch] between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games.”
Red says that Hydrogen One is “the world’s first Holographic media machine. In your pocket. No glasses needed.” To be honest, the hydrogen One sounds like an amalgamation of visual trickery Amazon offered with the Fire Phone, and the glasses-less 3D displays like the ones found on the Nintendo 3DS. But in a forum post written shortly after the announcement, RED founder Jim Jannard says “there is no good way to describe it until you see it.” He also writes that “our display is technology you haven’t seen before. It is not lenticular, which is inferior tech in every way, has been tried many times before and failed for good reason. (see Amazon 3D Fire, LG Optimus, etc).” ALSO READ: This is the Amazon Fire Phone
From whatever little we can make out from the teaser image of the smartphone, the Hydrogen One will come with a USB Type-C port, a microSD slot for expandable storage, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Further, for audio, Red says that it will use an algorithm to convert stereo sound into “multi-dimensional audio” to add to the immersive experience, or as Red puts it, to “Assault your senses.” Also, similar to the Moto Z series, the Hydrogen One will allow for modular attachments, but with a special focus on image capture. And the phone will work with Red’s extensive lineup of digital cinema cameras.
Red claim that the phone will ship in early 2018, and it’s currently available for pre-order on the company’s website. It starts at $1,195 (about Rs 77,000) for the aluminum version, and there’s also a $1,595 (which is about Rs 100,000) variant made out of titanium. ALSO READ: YotaPhone 3 to launch later this year, priced around Rs 22,000