RED’s Hydrogen One phone is coming to Verizon and AT&T sometime this summer, although there’s no word yet as to a final release date or what it will cost to buy the upcoming phone through carriers.
The Hydrogen One first opened preorders last July with an early $1,200 price tag, and was recently delayed until this August. Company founder Jim Jannard explained the delay as giving RED more time to work out carrier certification. With the Hydrogen One getting support on two of the largest carriers in America, it seems that Jannard is delivering on that promise.
RED claims that the Hydrogen One will stand out from other premium smartphones with its 5.7-inch “holographic display”, which will use RED’s new 4-View video format to display a 3D effect without the need for glasses. Although without seeing it in person, it’s hard to gauge how groundbreaking the display really is. (It’s worth pointing out that other companies have tried to create a similar-sounding 3D effect on phones, including Amazon’s ill-fated Fire Phone back in 2014.)
RED is also touting an expandable pin system on the back of the Hydrogen One that will allow for customers to expand their devices with additional hardware modules — similar to the Essential Phone or the Moto Mod ecosystem.