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RED Reinvents the Smartphone for Imagemakers

Simon Skinner - 2 years ago

RED, US manufacturers of some of the world’s greatest movie cameras, has entered the world of smartphones 

Very much in the style of the brand, they have announced their entry into this space with a complete and utter shake-up of traditional smartphone design. The RED HYDROGEN ONE smartphone incorporates features that, quite simply, break the mould of conventional thinking in smartphone design.

The RED HYDROGEN ONE Smartphone

RED are calling the HYDROGEN ONE ‘the world’s first holographic media machine’ and ‘the future of personal communication and information gathering’, with holographic multi-view, 2D, 3D,  AR/VR/MR. RED say that image capture has just changed, forever.

Priced at $1195 for the Aluminum version, with a Titanium version that will come in at $1595, [no UK pricing as yet], the HYDROGEN ONE is an unlocked multi-band smartphone, which operates using Android operating system.

It is much more than ‘just’ a smartphone, though. RED has said that the HYDROGEN ONE has a 5.7” ‘pro’ holographic display, allowing users to view all traditional 2D content at full-screen resolution, along with the ability to view holographic RED Hydrogen 4-View content [H4V], stereo 3D content and also 2D/3D VR, AR and MR!What’s revolutionary about this new RED smartphone, which, on the face of it, appears to be a lot smarter than every other smartphone, is that glasses are obsolete for viewing content. According to the information provided by RED this week, it’s no longer necessary to carry or charge another device to experience multi-dimensional content. RED claims that users can experience ‘look around depth’ in the palm of your hand, with no glasses or headsets in sight.

What’s revolutionary about this new RED smartphone, which, on the face of it, appears to be a lot smarter than every other smartphone, is that glasses are obsolete for viewing content. According to the information provided by RED this week, it’s no longer necessary to carry or charge another device to experience multi-dimensional content. RED claims that users can experience ‘look around depth’ in the palm of your hand, with no glasses or headsets in sight.

Embedded in the OS is a proprietary H3O algorithm that converts stereo sound into expansive multi-dimensional audio. RED says it’s comparable to 5.1 in your headphones and adds that it is the perfect match for holographic H4V or even just for listening to your favourite music.

The new HYDROGEN SYSTEM has been announced to include a new, high speed data bus, to enable a broad and ever-expanding modular component system, which will include future attachments for shooting high quality motion and still images as well as HYDROGEN format holographic images.

We are very excited to see if the HYDROGEN ONE really is the dream machine it promises to be when it lands in the first quarter of 2018

See more and place an order HERE

About the author

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Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.

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