RED is ordinarily known for its high-end cinematography and photography cameras and accessories, but the company is now getting into the business of smartphones. The upcoming RED Hydrogen One smartphone has been available for pre-orders till recently, priced from $1,295 onwards. However, more details on the phone have been scarce so far.
A new Geekbench listing recently discovered has revealed some details on the upcoming phone. The device comes with a model number RED H1A1000, and is running on Android 8.1 Oreo. There is 6GB of RAM on board, and the phone’s chipset is the MSM8998, which is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Nothing more is known for now, but the smartphone will be a camera-focused device for photography and cinematography.
Reports from The Verge and other publications that have had a closer look at the prototype device suggest that it will come with a 5.7-inch screen, and it is meant to be one part of a modular system of cameras. The phone will come in two build variants, with the more affordable option being aluminium and the more expensive one being titanium.
While it’s mildly surprising that the phone will launch with last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, the phone has been in development since before the launch of the newer Snapdragon 845. Considering that this phone is meant for a very specific audience, the chipset under the hood may not be a big factor for potential buyers.
The device is set to go on sale some time in August, and will naturally only be available to buy in the United States for now. Once again, keep in mind that this is a specialist smartphone and regular users won’t necessarily see value in using this, since it’s likely to come with a very specific USP.