The hydrogen phone has created quite a stir since it was first revealed a year ago. But when it does, the camera-centric smartphone equipped with a holographic display will be available from a couple major wireless carriers.
If the "world's first holographic media machine" sounded a little too good or too ambitious to actually hit stores anytime soon, you should be happy to hear that recent delay is most likely not an ominous sign of vaporware material.
RED's Hydrogen phone, the Android phone that claims to be the first with a fully "holographic display" will be available this summer, according to AT&T and Verizon. Now, we have a few more details about availability. "Unlocked" Pre-orders will however ship before that". It has a 5.7-inch screen that's created to offer a 4-View (4V) "holographic mode" which displays a "better than 3D image" without glasses, according to Red founder Jim Jannard. This means the handset can handle not just 2D and 3D images but also mixed reality, augmented reality, and virtual reality all without added hardware. You'll be able to interact with those images using a set of gestures. Partnering with the two biggest United States carriers to launch a phone is really ambitious and many have failed in the past. The biggest takeaway from Brownlee's video of the Hydrogen One prototype, though, may be how big the phone is.
Details of the Hydrogen One first surfaced last July.
The Hydrogen One's display grew from light-field display technology originally developed by Menlo Park, CA-based Leia, in which Red took an investment past year. At the time, Red was looking to launch the phone by early 2018.
It's highly unusual for the top two wireless service providers in the U.S. to carry the rookie smartphone effort of a company like RED, whose expertise lies elsewhere.