RIP Hydrogen Phone Project, as Jim Jannard retires

RIP Hydrogen Phone Project, as Jim Jannard retires
Even though there was a lot of excitement around RED's Hydrogen phone when the company revealed the project, the device didn't really live up to the expectations. Although the smartphone continued to receive support in the form of software updates, RED has decided that a second phone would make things right rather than fixing the original's problems or lack of features.

Unfortunately, there will be no second RED Hydrogen, as the company's founder Jim Jannard announced his retirement and the closure of the project. Jannard cites “health issue” as the main reason for his decision and although the project will be abandoned, he says that the Hydrogen One will continue to receive support.


RED's Hydrogen One smartphone was supposed to boast a revolutionary “holographic” screen, which ended up being just a gimmick. A few months ago, the company announced the sequel to the Hydrogen One, which would pack an impressive 8K camera module.

We're not sure how many Hydrogen One units RED hoped to sell, but the high price (nearly $1,300) most likely didn't help with that. Even though the smartphone was available at Verizon and AT&T, what RED thought it would make the Hydrogen One appealing didn't resonate with consumers.

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Hydrogen One
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh

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5 Comments

1. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

I can assure you its nothing to do with Jim's retirement. It's just a good excuse. With simply flawed device they didn't penetrate market which led to sobering period followed by assesment and final decision to exit smartphone market.

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Honestly, it was DOA

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Slap the Apple logo on it and it will sell like hot cakes here in America.

4. DBozz

Posts: 102; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Old troll.. but its true that apple logo makes a thing from a thing to an antique!! #Slappnmyface

6. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Sad. I really wish we got a second Hydrogen, considering the H1 was their first foray into phones, and I'm sure they could have gotten more right on the second attempt. Also, Cosmin Vasile, I wholly disagree with you on the screen being a gimmick. I get that it's not for everyone, but I'm not buying a Pixel right now because I actually do enjoy the 4V aspect, and feel like not having it would be a downgrade.

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