The company hasn’t divulged many details about the device in the time since, but has hyped up some of the phone’s higher-level features: a “modular” accessory system that will support higher-quality camera tools and a “holographic” display that’s said to be capable of presenting images with a 3D-like effect without the need for specialized glasses.
All of that comes in a phone whose pre-orders start at $1,195.
Up to now, RED has only released one obscured teaser image of the device. But the company recently gave popular YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee — also known as “MKBHD” — a non-functional prototype of what it says the Hydrogen One will ultimately look like.
Here’s a closer look:
This is the RED Hydrogen One. Right away you can see that its design is much busier than most other smartphones: The back has a mix of metal and Kevlar, with a big dual-lens camera, four screws in the corners, a big ruby-like logo, and those modular accessory pins at the bottom.
RED says the base version of the Hydrogen One will use aluminum, while a pricier model will be comprised of titanium.
The sides of the phone, meanwhile, are grooved to fit individual fingers. On one side, there’s a power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner along with a dedicated button for video recording.
On the other, there are separated volume buttons.