The holographic media machine from RED

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The phone features a 5.7-inch "holographic" display that makes bulky glasses obsolete for viewing multi-dimensional content.

The marketing speak for the RED Hydrogen One doesn't stop there with the company also talking about modularity. That's the Hydrogen One, a smartphone made by camera maker RED that doesn't exist. Prices are initially set at US$1,195 ($1576) for an aluminium version and $1,595 ($2,104), but could be subject to change in the future. The USP of the device dubbed 'Hydrogen One, ' is that it features a virtual-augmented and mixed-reality holographic display. Red cautions it cannot guarantee these prices at release time and it did not make a distinction between the two models.

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As is customary with RED products, the Hydrogen doesn't come cheap.

For connectivity, charging, and storage, the phone uses a USB-C port and has an expandable Micro SD card slot. The phone's pricing is sure to turn some folks off, but people that buy RED's regular cameras that can cost tens of thousands of dollars, the Hydrogen One's price might not be such a big deal. Although, what is clear is that as it is coming from RED, it is one which places a good deal of focus on the camera capabilities. The Hydrogen One's custom Android operating system includes algorithms that can translate stereo audio signals into 5.1-channel audio. RED is now taking pre-orders for the handset they expect to ship in Q1 of 2018.

Last but not least, whether the smartphone is called Red Hydrogen One or Red Hydrogen, doesn't matter. A 3.5mm headphone jack will also be present. Hopefully RED will reveal more about the Hydrogen One soon, but you can pre-order it now and the device will ship early next year. "In the blog, it said that "...after this initial release we will not be able to fill all orders on time due to display production limitations. According to Red, these are special prices, available for a limited time only. Both LG and HTC tried their bit on holographic media back in 2011, then followed by Amazon's spectacular failure of the gutsy 3D Fire Phone (which had the ridiculous four tracking cameras) in 2014.