RED, one of the most prolific camera companies, just announced that they’re ready to enter the smartphone market with an incredible first model. With a price tag of almost $1,600, Hydrogen is a high-end, modular smartphone, featuring a “holographic” 3D display, suitable for VR and AR.
According to TechCrunch, the technology used by RED’s device could be similar to the one seen on the Nintendo 3DS, relying on face-tracking, in order to provide a consistent 3D experience. Still, the trail is pretty cold and we don’t know exactly how it’s going to work.
Is it worth buying this device?
To be more specific, there aren’t a lot of details that can convince potential buyers that they should pre-order this device. Even more, the manufacturer declared that they won’t be able to complete all orders on time, due to display production limitations.
RED isn’t the first company to try developing a modular phone, but they hope that being a well-known camera company, users will be more tempted by updating the attachments for the device. As a side note, the smartphone will allow RED camera users to control it as well. Basically, we’re talking about very niched stuff here…
Titanium and aluminum….so it’s premium all the way!
The smartphone will be available in two versions: one available at $1,595 and rocking a titanium body, while an aluminum model will also be available, but for just $1,195.
No matter the model, buyers will receive plenty of accessories, including a USB Type-C cable and charger, an expandable microSD card slot and a “special small token”.
The phone should start shipping in the first quarter of 2018.