Here’s Your First Look At RED’s Upcoming ‘Holographic’ Smartphone

by David Jagneaux • August 2nd, 2017

Last month RED announced its $1,200 Hydrogen One Phone, which was described as the “world’s first holographic media machine.” Today, we’re finally getting an early look at the device itself beyond the previous teaser mock-up image thanks to a video from tech-focused YouTuber Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD.

In the video Brownlee describes the multiple different prototypes of the device that he got to see, touch, and hold in person. One was just a phsical design model showing the final look and feel, one showed the holographic display in action, and the final version had an attached camera add-on. You can watch the full video right here:

When we first got word of the device it was described as a hybrid of 2D, 3D, VR, holograms, and a bunch of other stuff all in one little package. How exactly it does VR still remains to be seen, but in the video Brownlee does explain that the 3D “four-view” content he saw caused him to be “at a loss for words,” but there is no way to show it in the video. All you can see is his reaction.

We’ve collected a few shots from the video (in a gallery below,) but you should really watch the whole thing to see it in its entirety. Brownlee also has another video diving into the phone’s details a bit more. The phone is quite large even when compared to an iPhone 7+ and has a ton of screen real estate. Interestingly the material on the back and sides is reportedly Kevlar and has a very sturdy, rugged feel.

We’ll keep updating you on the RED Hydrogen One phone once we know more. Here’s the full spec sheet¬†and in the meantime we want to hear from you: Did you drop over $1,000 pre-ordering one last month? Do you want one? You can still get one via pre-order if you’d like. Let us know down in the comments below!

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What's your reaction?
  • Robbie Cartwright

    Sooo uh….. it’s a 3DS smartphone?

    • MowTin

      LOL, that’s what I was thinking. 3D never really caught on because it doesn’t add much.

      • Jeff

        I’m guessing it is like a 3DS, although the “four-view” description sounds like 4 distinct planes, which I could imagine looking more 3d, and possibly being more functional on a smart phone. It could also be an interesting step up for VR content…

        • Robbie Cartwright

          I hope so, otherwise this could end up being another derailed hype train…

  • Ted Joseph

    Great review! I am definitely interested based on your reaction, and the fact that the new features seem to be unique.

  • daveinpublic

    So what do they do to add the depth? Is it using something like the 3DS or the last HTC 3D phone?

  • Robert1592

    I’m going to need to see more than an arched eyebrow from a reporter who “can’t say too much” to hand over $1000 for something that may exist in the future with the title Holographic smartphone which is most likely not a holographic smart phone at all.

  • The video means nothing. What we want to see are its 3D capabilities and he just shows us “his reactions”. I don’t give a heck about his reactions. This RED to me seems the magic leap of phones