RED Hydrogen One gets specific November 2 launch date, pre-orders will ship in October

RED Hydrogen One gets specific November 2 launch date, pre-orders will ship in October
While the vast majority of mobile consumers interested in purchasing a hot new device soon are probably either waiting for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 or one of Apple’s next-gen iPhones, with Google’s Pixel 3 and the Huawei Mate 20 (Pro) also generating some decent buzz, a minority of our readers might be far more excited about the ambitious RED Hydrogen One.

Unfortunately, as should have been expected, the groundbreaking project from US-based digital cinematography camera maker Red Digital has hit a number of stumbling blocks in recent months, leading to significant delays.

At one point scheduled to start shipping in Q1, the world’s first pocketable “holographic media machine” was pushed back just last week from its already revised “summer” timetable to an equally vague “fall 2018” release.

But founder and head honcho Jim Jannard promised a more specific schedule would follow, and here it is. Pre-order customers should save the October 9 date, as that’s when black aluminum models are now slated to begin shipping, followed by Titanium units, which have “proven to be very challenging in production.” As such, Jannard expects the latter batch to be “extremely hard to get for several months even after the official launch.”

Alas, that also means Titanium models will only be available from US carriers at some point next year, and even then, you’re looking at “very limited quantities.” In the meantime, you should be able to buy the aluminum RED Hydrogen One in Black or Shadow from AT&T, Verizon, and Mexico’s Telcel starting November 2 in exchange for $1,295 a pop. That is, if this admittedly “difficult project” doesn’t encounter other difficulties, which is “still possible”, according to Jannard, although not very likely.
There’s also a way to get your hands on the RED Hydrogen One before October 9, as “extremely limited” developer-friendly “Houdini” models will be offered on a first come, first serve basis between August 31 and September 11.

You’ll need to already have a pre-order in place to qualify for the Houdini program, accept some inherent bugs and issues arising from these production samples’ running of “pre-release firmware/software”, and give up your release model. Instead of that, you’ll receive this exclusive Houdini Development model, which you won’t be allowed to publicly criticize until after the RED Hydrogen One is actually released.

source: H4Vuser

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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 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh



1. Mobjo

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 03, 2016

It shapes up to be a really big flop this phone. Expensive last year internals with useless tech and 5 year old design. Great we need more of this...

5. Penny

Posts: 1872; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

"...useless tech and 5 year old design..." If you can ever get your head thinking beyond the processor, the rest of the internals provide a lot more modern tech than your current smartphone, whatever that may be. Unless of course your phone has a 3D/holographic screen, shoots 3D/4V images, produces spatial/3D sound, has a 4,500mAh battery, and is built of Titanium. If this is 5 year old design, we need more of it. I'll take this grippy Titanium shell over that glass bar of soap the other guy is selling you.

6. Mobjo

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 03, 2016

Design has nothing to do with specs. Huge bezels and bad form factor is what i call old design. A bag full of promises and delay after delay after delay does not make a smartphone desirable. My smartphone is way better because it has support worldwide its affordable its modern in every way specs and design wise and i can buy it right now... Useless tech for the camera sensors available for a mobile phone at this moment. If you just want to be different you can spend way less and buy something not mainstream but functional. This is just a typical way of using a big brand name to inflate the price and offer sth totally useless and flamboyant. Any smartphone is ultimately a tool that makes your life easier. Holographic screens and 3d imaging is not something that boasts productivity in everyday use noone will use their phone to do serious job of that kind its just a gimmick. And no we dont need any more of that.

7. Penny

Posts: 1872; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

First of all, let me say that I wished to edit my comment to tone it down a bit after the fact, but PhoneArena doesn't allow editing after 240 seconds now. So, my apologies for the tone. As far as form -- I've had "modern" design Galaxy Note phones and am currently using a mostly bezel-less Essential Phone. There are some nice things to say about the fit and finish, small bezels, etc. But I do not find the complete loss of bezels and use of glass for "premium feel" as an acceptable compromise for durability. These phones flat out suck when it comes to being designed for practical usability. Use a case -- that's your only option to make it usable again. Finally, you're looking at the 4V and audio capabilities of this phone as a "gimmick." While I understand why you may think that, I'm telling you now that you're truly wrong about that. I've been conversing with and following other buyers and professionals in entertainment industries, and there are serious plans in the works for this device and its modules for content creation. If you follow tech closely enough, you will also find a subtle increase in holographic display technology and devices right now. This IS going to happen as we start getting more display devices to support the content. This is exactly what RED did with pushing 4K and 8K before the display market actually got there. We need all the boundary pushing we can get. Some of it will stick, some of it won't, but we need somebody out there to break the mold and pursue those visions.

8. Mobjo

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 03, 2016

You dont have to tone down anything its nothing personal. Unless you do the pr talks for RED. Anyway... Almost every content creator i follow uses at least a dslr camera with a good set of lens and some of them more expensive solutions like RED weapons etc. Sensors in mobile phones are pathetic. They are good for amateur use and social media but NOT for content creators. They could push the boundaries by creating a great camera phone period. Bigger sensor not mainstream by sony or samsung etc with great low light performance and great specs overall. People who create content and use pro cameras and camcorders will never use a phone to do their job. Red should be smart enough to know that by now. It is a missed opportunity this phone. They should offer a red experience to non red users and amateurs but overexpensive mainstream last year tech with software gimmicks is not the way to do it.

9. Penny

Posts: 1872; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

A better onboard camera with bigger sensor is something everybody wants, but it's a very one dimensional approach. It does not change what people are making now. It still wouldn't be as good as the sensors dSLRs are using in their larger bodies. Even though the onboard cameras will be standard cell phone sensors, nobody else has 3D cameras on a phone, so you can expect your YouTube type content creator to use this to their advantage. The possibility of having a depth map for images is also very interesting to me, and opens up potential development opportunities. The phone on itself is about pushing the boundaries of the type of content you can create, not strictly the IQ of standard content. Now the modules are where more professional 2D and 3D/4V imaging comes into play. You want something that competes with dSLRs, keep a lookout for this. RED IS smart enough to know that pro camera users will be looking for these pro-oriented modules, but they will still also be pushing 3D/4V with some of these.

10. Mobjo

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 03, 2016

So i guess you do the pr comments for RED afterall. Well done its good to know that you know what you should have done... Maybe the next attempt if there is one will be smth that consumer are willing to buy

4. rsiders

Posts: 2040; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I just blame RED for this. 1.They didn't have to announce something that wasn't ready. 2.They haven't shown one working model to consumers. 3.The price is high and continuously delayed. 4.If the camera system is trash this will be one of the biggest flops in recent history.

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