Red's Long Awaited 3D Phone Disappoints

Red's Long Awaited 3D Phone Disappoints
The first reports on the Hydrogen One 3D smartphone suggest that the device may not be a huge success.

(CCM) — Camera-maker Red's Hydrogen One "holographic" smartphone has finally been shown off to the world, and the consensus is that it is a bit of a damp squib, according to a BBC report.

The California-based company is best known for its cinematography cameras which have been used to make movies such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the latest Mission: Impossible, but last year it announced that it was planning a smartphone with a 3D screen.

The $1300 aluminum version will be released in November, and on Monday the company lifted an embargo on reviews. A titanium version of the smartphone has also been promised at some point in the future, priced at $1600.

Reviewers were generally not impressed with the 3D screen which simulates a sense of depth rather than producing pop-out images, according to the report. Many reviewers also felt that the ability to take 3D pictures and videos has limited appeal as they can only viewed on another Hydrogen One device.

The smartphone can be expanded with add-on modules to turn it into a more powerful video camera, but no modules will be available before the end of 2019 at the earliest.

Red hopes to sell about 16 million Hydrogen Ones every year. The target is relatively modest: Apple sells more iPhones than that every six weeks.

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