RED Hydrogen One's release date on Verizon and AT&T gets delayed

RED Hydrogen One's release date on Verizon and AT&T gets delayed
We have no doubts that anything the folks from RED camera produce will be elevated into a cult status, the upcoming Hydrogen One phone included, but it's one thing to create niche photo- and videography marvels that cost tens of thousands, and another to drag your ideas and creativity through the realities of a heavily regulated cell phone industry, with all its hardware and software patents, certification requirements, and network testing procedures.

Not that we held our hopes high for the initial summer 2018 release promise, as these things always fall behind, but now RED folks took to the airwaves to express their dissatisfaction with a certification process that is taking longer than expected, meaning a release delay. AT&T already has the Hydrogen One listed with a "fall 2018" release date now, and we only hope that RED will use the time to iron out even more of the kinks that are inevitable with such an ambitious project. 

As per Jim Jannard, a project manager, "we have been pushed back in certification and the carriers are allocating a new launch window." Our money is on some problem at the FCC, as the phone was last spotted going through the testing grind there, but until we hear more from RED, it's anyone's guess what's causing the Hydrogen One production bottleneck.

As a reminder, RED's H1 is expected to sport a display that doesn't require glasses to show 3D images of the pseudo-holographic type and will have some camera modules that, knowing RED's camera prowess, might be second to none. The rest of the specs are nothing to sneeze at either, starting with the huge 4500mAh battery, and the only ho-hum part is the Snapdragon 835 chipset, which will probably be heavily modified in the graphics rendering department anyway, while the rest is perfectly capable to run anything Android throws at it. 

Long story short, those who were hoping to scoop one of the most interesting phone concepts around from Verizon or AT&T before this month ends, will have to wait for the leaves to start turning yellow - it will make for prettier pictures anyway.

source: RED & AT&T

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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. tangbunna

Posts: 495; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

better kill it. redesign a new one with snapdragonb855 or 1000 and custom adreno 700 + starvis 1/1.8" sensor + interchangeable lens.

5. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

No. This phone is part of a modular platform. I'm sure there's a lot of software/firmware development that went specifically on top of the Snapdragon 835 to make this all work. it would be more prudent to allow the modules to be the long term basis of the platform, because the phone can be a replaceable part of the platform when the next version of it comes out with flagship specs at that time. It doesn't make sense to delay this whole platform for months or a year to update the hardware. They also can't put the biggest sensor for the built in cameras, because they are stereo cameras. Their huge capability is being able to shoot 3D/4V content right out of the phone. The special/larger sensors focused strictly on 2D image quality and interchangeable lenses are going to be part of modules.

8. tangbunna

Posts: 495; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

i think you missed huawei p20pro which is using 1/1.7 sensor that just 7mm body +1.5mm bump. modular is target of RED team but as you can see, SD835 is half the speed of 845. video recording for professionals, hardware price is not really big deal, their time and effort and model hiring will cost hundred times of this phone price. at this current phone specs is not really appeal them.

2. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 194; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Ofcourse it is. All the leaks surrounding the iPhones and the Samsung's probably got the PR and Engineers scrambling.

6. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

It was delayed because of a tooling issue found during the initial certification process. The phone is finalized outside of them fixing that tooling issue and pushing through with certification again. They don't care what Samsung and Apple are doing. They just want to make sure Samsung and Apple don't see what they're doing.

3. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

It'd be better if it was delayed so they could put the 845 into it; or as tangbunna said, hold off till the next generation of chipset. I'm intrigued by the phone, but I won't buy it if it has an 18 month old SOC in it.

4. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

"As per Jim Jannard, a project manager..." Lol. Jim Jannard is also the founder of RED, just FYI. Good article though, and pretty reasonable perspective. I like that you didn't just copy-paste every other article about this delay on the internet, which all sound the same.

7. Valanten

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

There is a big difference between 835 and 845. If you market a phone, most people never heard of, with a new 3D technology, which is supposedly the selling point, you better use the latest hardware available or your marketing strategy for this phone

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