The highly anticipated Red Hydrogen One gets Wi-Fi certification
by Stuart Lombard / Jun 25, 2018, 4:24 PM
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.
source: Wi-Fi Alliance
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.
posted on Jun 25, 2018, 5:01 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 2:32 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 11:36 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 25, 2018, 10:19 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 11:47 AM 2
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2018, 10:30 AM 0
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