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 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo

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