WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Hydrogen One is a holographic phone created by Red, a maker of high-end cameras for movie studios.
- Red’s new android phone’s 3D display is so impressive, it is much better than Amazon’s Fire phone.
- Hydrogen One boasts of 4 View (4V), its headline feature, which displays holographic content in 4V format.
Red has offered a hands-on demo of Hydrogen One last weekend as it prepares to launch sales later this year with Verizon and AT&T.
Red is known as a maker of movie studio cameras used by Hollywood cinematographers. Its high-end cameras have been used in the movies The Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy, and many Netflix shows.
The company’s demo over the weekend included clips from movies that have been adapted to 4V like Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. According to ZDNet, Red has shown various influencers its prototypes to drum up interest and dispel doubts that an outsider can achieve what Google, Samsung, and Apple have not.
Last year, Red made an announcement that it wanted to get involved in the smartphone business.
The “part-hologram and part-3D” effect of the Hydrogen One was impressive when watching movie clips, according to CNET’s Patrick Holland. He added that it’s much better than Amazon’s 3D effect in the failed Fire Phone.
The hologram image was immersive and does not require a VR headset. Hydrogen One also creates a new experience on video chat, which added depth to user’s face.
Red plans on introducing the Hydrogen network. It is an online service for sharing and viewing games, movies, shows, music, and original content that support the Hydrogen One’s 4V display, ZDNet reports.
A Silicon Valley startup Leia provides the phone’s holographic display.
The Android holographic display phone will be available in aluminum for $1,295 while a titanium model costs $1,595. Expensive, industrial looking and relatively large, but the Hydrogen One may win over camera enthusiasts.