Red Hydrogen : Everything we know about world’s first holographic phone


RED Digital Cinema isn’t the first brand name you think of when thinking about smartphone. In fact, unless you’re into high end cinematography gear, there’s a chance you’ve never heard of the company at all.

Photo by RED

Many were confused earlier in July when Red, makers of ultra-high-end 4K and 8K cameras for Hollywood, announced it was making an Android smartphone. Yeah, it’s actually doing that for real. And to bring people up to speed, it handed a few prototypes to Marques Brownlee (A.K.A. MKBHD), one of the biggest RED fans out there, to show it’s the real deal.

Perhaps sensing some of that confusion, Red has revealed a little more about Red Hydrogen via the channel of premier tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the phone actually working, which is the big thing everyone is skeptical about. Marques was able to see it but not show it — including the crazy holographic display that RED is touting as the feature that will separate it from the industry.

Photo by MKBHD/YouTube

When Red first announced the phone, details were pretty scarce. Aside from MKBHD prototype hands on video these were the only features the company revealed in its website.

THE HYDROGEN ONE is a standalone, full featured, unlocked multi-band smartphone operating on Android OS that just happens to add a few additional features that shatter the mold of conventional thinking.


Wearable displays not spoken here. It is no longer necessary to carry (or charge) another device to enjoy multi-dimensional content. Experience “look around depth” in the palm of your hand, no glasses or headsets in sight. .


This incredible retina-riveting display advancement features nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between traditional 2D content, holographic multi view content.3D content, and interactive games… both landscape and portrait modes supported.

  • View all traditional 2D content normally at full screen resolution
  • View holographic RED Hydrogen 4-View content (HV4)
  • View stereo 3D content
  • View 2D/3D VR, AR and MR


Embedded in the OS is a proprietary H30 algorithm that converts stereo sound into expansive multi dimensional audio. Think 5.1 on your headphones. The perfect match for holographic H4V or just listening to your favorite tunes. The difference this makes would be enough to justify the entire system.


HYDROGEN ONE is the foundation of a future multi-dimensional media system.The HYDROGEN SYSTEM incorporates a new high-speed data bus to enable a comprehensive and ever-expanding modular component system, which will include future attachments for shooting higher quality motion and still images as well as HYDROGEN format holographic images.


The HYDROGEN ONE will not only be the control center for the HYDROGEN system, it will also integrate into the professional RED camera program, working together with Scarlet, EPIC and Weapon as a user interface and monitor.


One channel to find all 4-view holographic content. create .h4v (or convert 3D to .h4v) content and upload. Download or stream to view. Movies, documentaries, games, shopping and other apps all found with one click.

PRICE,  $1195 Aluminum $1595 Titanium

Orders placed today will ship from my own personal first production batch. I can also assure you that after this initial release we will NOT be able to fill all orders on time due to display production limitations. We will NOT guarantee these prices at the time of release. Taxes and shipping not included in the price.


The HYDROGEN ONE Media Machine with a USB-C cable and charger, an expandable Micro SD card slot plus a “special small token” for ordering early. All other accessories available at launch will be available at an additional price. Addition modules will NOT be immediately available at the time of this first production launch.


The HYDROGEN ONE is targeted to ship Q1 2018.

Prototype Photo by MKBHD/YouTube

All Features we know so far

  • 5.7-inch screen with “nanotechnology” to seamlessly switch between 2D, stereo 3D and 4-View “holographic” display modes
  • Runs Android Operating System
  • Type-C USB
  • Expandable Storage
  • Carrier Unlocked
  • Dual Lense on rear camera
  • Headphone jack
  • Supports modular attachment
  • Can be used as touchscreen display for RED’s other camera
  • Shipping in 2018 Q1
  • Available in Aluminium and Titanium







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