Red Hydrogen phone gets a video preview: It’s big—very big

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Enlarge / Well, it definitely does not seem like different telephones.

Many had been confused earlier in July when Red, makers of extremely high-end 4K and 8K cameras for Hollywood, introduced it was making an Android smartphone.

Dubbed Red Hydrogen, the telephone’s substantial $1,595 price ticket was accompanied by all method of lofty guarantees about shattering “the mould of conventional thinking” and “nanotechnology.” The telephone supposedly had a “holographic” show, too.

Perhaps sensing a few of that confusion, Red has revealed a little bit extra about Red Hydrogen through the channel of premier tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee. While Brownlee was solely in a position to check out a handful of prototypes—and even then, he could not showcase the holographic show—his video offers us a much better concept of what the telephone appears to be like like, and what it’d do for photographers. I believe, nevertheless, the very first thing most individuals will discover is that the Red Hydrogen is freaking large.

Sporting a 5.7-inch show, the “fit and finish” pattern wielded by Brownlee has chunky prime and backside bezels together with a singular grip-like design that bulks out the edges of the telephone. This will not be a tool for folks with small palms, or not less than those that would like to make use of a telephone one-handed. Then once more, it is seemingly Red is chasing a sure area of interest, as proven by the heavy responsibility industrial design that mixes a pinstriped metallic part on the rear flanked by two kevlar panels to permit antennae indicators to filter by way of whereas sustaining sturdiness.

The Red Hydrogen will get outed.

Apparently, anybody within the Red Hydrogen should not be too disheartened by the comparatively mundane-looking digicam module on the again of the telephone. This is, in response to Red, a placeholder for the true unit. Elsewhere there are quantity up and down buttons on the left, and an influence button and devoted digicam button on the appropriate. The pins on the underside of the telephone are used for modular add-ons, very like the Moto Z vary. However, if the instance unit is something to go by, these might be some critical add-ons.

This prototype added a brand new digicam unit to the telephone, sporting some seemingly superior optics. Red bragged that the Hydrogen is “the future of small form factor cinema” and that its “quality should only really be surpassed by Red’s bigger cameras.” What’s not instantly clear is whether or not Red implies that the interior digicam might be that good, or whether or not customers should fork out for a cumbersome add-on to succeed in that high quality.

While Brownlee did not showcase the holographic show—which, if it really works just like the autostereoscopic 3D show for a 3DS, would not have translated properly to a 2D YouTube video—he got here away impressed with the know-how. But these hoping for extra particulars on the internals of the telephone are out of luck for now: apparently, we’ll hear extra later within the yr. Still, at over $1,500 (most likely ~£1,500), something lower than the very best could be disappointing.

Those can pre-order the Red Hydrogen now, though, I might recommend ready a little bit longer for some extra concrete specs and options earlier than splashing the money.

This put up originated on Ars Technica UK


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