Red Hydrogen Holographic Phone Nears Release

Hydrogen holographic phone

Holographic phone porn might be a reality within the next year or so, as the anticipated Red Hydrogen One phone that comes with a 3D ‘holographic’ display, and was announced last year, has finally been granted FCC approval and looks set to be available at Verizon and AT&T in the coming months.

Personally I’m a little sceptical as to the holographic claim. Hopefully the display is radically different to the lenticular ‘glasses free 3D’ screen of the same type as previous 3D smartphone flops as the HTC EVO 3D (released back in 2011). According to one respected tech site, the Hydrogen phone is something quite different, and very exciting if the claim that it is based upon Light Field technology is true. Light Field is the tech that powers the forthcoming Magic Leap augmented reality headset, and is similar to the tech behind the Microsoft HoloLens too.

The 3D holographic display will surely have to be something groundbreaking to justify the reported $1,100 price tag of the new phone. Such early adopters will likely be eager for some adult rated holographic content to watch on it too, so hopefully one of the big VR pay sites will be ready to step up to the plate and deliver.

The wait to get your hands on camera maker Red’s Hydrogen One phone is a little shorter today.

The phone, which is expected to deliver cinema-quality video and features a holographic display, has passed the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval process, as reported by CNET sister site ZDNet. As part of the process, a user manual was posted on the FCC’s website as well as an image showing the internals of the device.

The Hydrogen One phone was first announced in August 2017. It has a 5.7-inch screen that’s designed to offer a 4-View (4V) “holographic mode” which displays a “better than 3D image” without glasses, according to Red founder Jim Jannard. The phone can also display standard 2D images.

Red stated in May that the phone would arrive this month on Verizon and AT&T. The launch is delayed, however, because the phone failed one part of the carrier certification and requires a fix to to redo a piece of tooling, Jannard said in a post to Red’s user forum. A new launch date with the carriers and the preorder delivery is expected to follow.

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