RED announced this week that the Holographic Hydrogen One smartphone is coming to AT&T and Verizon later this year. The phone will be the first smartphone from the digital camera manufacturer RED and the world’s first holographic phone.
AT&T announced that the phone will have it’s debut as early as the end of summer. Both companies did not reveal the price of the phone yet. However, during pre-orders on the official website of the company RED, the price ranges from $1,595 for an aluminum model to $1,595 for a titanium model. Unfortunately, the company is not accepting pre-orders anymore.
RED’s Hydrogen One’s unique feature is its 5.6-inch holographic display and 3D audio system. Kevin Petersen, the senior vice president of Device and Network Services Marketing, described the phone as a revolutionary phone that will bring its users significant advancements that will change the way people create and view content. He added that the phone has a 4-view holographic display, noting that it is better than 3D.
RED gives an experience of viewing 3D pictures that work well even when tilted, without the use of special glasses and interact with them using hand gestures. Additionally, the phone is equipped with a camera that allows its users to take custom 3D images.
RED partnered with Leia Inc. that creates light-field displays for mobile devices. In an interview with VentureBeat, RED founder Jim Jannard said that Leia made a “clear substrate that goes underneath the LCD with nanotechnology” so if the phone user isn’t watching 4-view content, the display is still clear.
The 4-view holographic feature of the phone redirects light into four views that work well in both orientation- portrait, and landscape.
In The Verge’s phone review, they described the phone as a “very much RED product” because it is “incredibly industrial-looking.” They also noted that Hydrogen One is larger than an iPhone 8Plus, and the phone comes with a USB-C plug, stereo speakers, and a headphone jack.
While AT&T isn’t announcing a release date yet, they are giving the public a demo of the Hydrogen One at AT&T SHAPE at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles on June 2-3.