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RED’s upcoming ‘Hydrogen’ phone claims to have “holographic” display

Better known for providing camera technology for blockbuster films like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, US company RED made waves in July when it announced plans to launch its first smartphone called Hydrogen One.

Not many details about the phone have yet been released, but RED claims to have produced a device with holographic display. The device is targeted to ship in Q1 2018.

The 5.7” device operates on Android OS. Its “retina-riveting” display advancement features “nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive content, with both landscape and portrait modes supported,” the company shared in a press release.

The device’s holographic display is said to be capable of presenting images with a 3D-like effect without the need for 3D glasses.

It’s a large, busy-looking phone, larger than an iPhone 7 Plus, featuring a prominent logo on the back, as seen in a recently uploaded YouTube clip by tech reviewer Marques Brownlee. The device Bronwlee reviewed was just a prototype, but it provided viewers with a sense of what the Hydrogen One will offer.

RED says the base version of the phone will use aluminum, while a more expensive model will be comprised of titanium. The starting price is $1,195. The phone comes with a USB-C cable and charger and an expandable Micro SD card slot.

Not a lot has been shared about the Hydrogen One's internal specs. Because the expensive starting price suggests that it would run on the latest and most powerful processor, with plenty of RAM to handle 3D holographic content.

The Hydrogen One will feature a modular camera unit that users can switch out with various camera modules for "higher-quality motion and still images." Users will also have the ability to use a module that captures 3D footage in RED’s unique holographic video format, called Hydrogen. But those modules won’t be ready at launch.

For audio-enthusiasts, RED is adding a proprietary audio format for "multidimensional" audio to match holographic content. "Think 5.1 on your headphones," RED says in the press release, referring to surround sound.