The highly anticipated Red Hydrogen One gets Wi-Fi certification

We have been hearing about RED's upcoming smartphone for nearly a year now since it was debuted back in July of 2017. On June 22, the RED Hydrogen One passed through the Wi-Fi Alliance with its certification running Android 8.1 Oreo.

For those unfamiliar with RED, they make some of the best cameras in the world, commonly used for filmmaking. Their first foray into the smartphone space comes with some cool new features like its holographic display, which we covered back in September 2017. It will also be able to be used as a display for other RED cameras. 

And the Hydrogen One will have a beastly camera setup of its own, being capable of shooting in 4-View (4V) format, which is how the phone will be able to let you look around objects that have been captured with the camera. This will include having dual cameras on both the front and back of the device. 

With all the improvements made to the device, its release has been pushed to August 2018, when it will launch on both Verizon and AT&T. Pre-registrations started on Verizon earlier this month. With the Wi-Fi certification passed, the Hydrogen One is one step closer to being a reality. 

When the phone does launch, we expect it to come in two variants: the aluminium model coming with the price tag of $1,195, and a higher-end titanium model costing $1,595. We will be sure to keep you up to date when the phone launches.

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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



1. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Excited to finally see this phone. New phone with this price tag may be a hard sell.

2. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Americans need to start taking business lessons from the chinese. Create all the hype you want, there is no way this phone can penetrate the already saturated market with that price tag. Essential phone is another example. Learn from oneplus.

3. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Different target demographic. It is already highly sought after by existing RED users and technologically inclined content creators who have heard about the device.

4. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

It doesn't need to sell to the masses. If they are realistic about their audience, then they work to that. If they only sell 10,000 at a high price, then that's a nice little business.

8. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

The most important thing to me is the camera. I highly doubt it, but if they really can give me a totally new camera experince, i would buy it, even for that price tag. And i think, many others would too.

11. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

So the camera system on the Hydrogen is all about this new .h4v format they have, which is 3D/Holographic content. The experience will indeed be new and focused on being able to shoot this type of content from the phone itself, because it has cameras built in that can shoot this format on both the front and back. However, I wouldn't expect 2D image quality out of the phone's cameras to be much better than current flagships. RED has stated that these are still just cell phone sensors. It is the cinema module they are working on for later release that's going to take this phone to new heights for 2D, according to them. But that will be added cost.

13. Brewski

Posts: 736; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

High profit margins, low volume VS. low profit, high volume. RED has it's target demographic in it's sights. Chinese mfgs just want to sell their product to anyone who will buy it.

5. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Well, commonly used for making commercials and music videos. :)

6. fyah_king unregistered

I’ll take two in titanium.:)

7. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Taking a long time to release. Also kind of sketchy that they want to keep the holographic display a secret... If it's so great then a video would only surmise to increase the hype.

12. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

They're not exactly keeping it a secret...they invited everyone who pre-ordered out to their studios to check the prototype devices out in person already. I've seen it in person. Also, the tech for the "holographic" display comes from a 3rd party, Leia Inc., so you can bet Leia is trying to get this tech in more devices/formats. The reason they are not releasing photos or videos of the display in action is because it just would not photograph well. Imagine going to watch a movie in the theater, in 3D. You take out your phone, and take a picture of the screen. What does it capture? It definitely does not capture a 3D image. It captures an image of a blurry looking 2D screen with some funny red haziness throughout. That's what RED doesn't want with this. They'd rather have people experience it in person, which they'll probably arrange for in carrier stores once it is released.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This thing looks so cool!!

10. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

The only thing that worries me is that it looks like it'll still be using the 835 chipset. Not that what I'm rocking currently is that good, but I'm not paying a premium for a high-end phone that uses last year's hardware.

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