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RED’s Hydrogen One modular smartphone could finally see its holographic display released this summer

RED’s much-anticipated holographic Hydrogen One smartphone will ship sometime in the summer, according to CEO Jim Jannard. 

In a statement issued on the firm’s forums, Jannard revealed that Red is aiming to start accepting reservations for the Hydrogen One in April, with a view to launching the device in the summer – although a specific release date hasn’t been provided.

Jannard also reiterated that the handset will be equipped with a 5.7-inch holographic screen (2560 x 1440 pixels), a Snapdragon 835 CPU, a hybrid SIM slot (dual-SIM or microSD), a headphone jack and a 4500mAh non-removable battery.

“In 2D mode, the display is completely as you would expect. Fantastic colour and brightness,” said Jannard. “In 4V mode (holographic), the screen dims a bit and out pops a ‘better than 3D’ image – no glasses needed,” he added.

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The Hydrogen One will also support modular accessories, announced Jannard. There are two on the cards at present: a battery pack and a “cinema-grade camera module,” which can be used to record Raw 2D video in RED’s R3D file format.

That’s not all, though. RED is planning to launch 3D and 4V filming modules, as well as a so-called Hydrogen Network that will index holographic video from major production studios and other content providers (think: YouTube).

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