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Red announces $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone with holographic screen coming in 2018

A new device from from high-end video camera producer Red has been announced, that if promises are kept, will be the first holographic display-equipped smartphone not requiring users to wear glasses or headsets for fill three-dimensional content viewing.

According to an announcement by the company on Wednesday, the Hydrogen One smartphone is powered by Android, and allows users to view all traditional 2D content at full resolution, holograpic content generated by a new Red camera, stereo 3D content, and augmented reality in 2D and 3D. Coupled with the display, a new "H3O algorithm" converts stereo sound into "expansive multi-dimensional audio" to match the 3D content.

The company claims that the Hydrogen System incorporates a new high-speed data bus for a modular component system, to include future, unannounced attachments. Additionally, the Hydrogen One will integrate into the Red camera program and will work with Scarlet, Epic, and Weapon systems as a user interface and camera monitor.

A content store will roll out at the same time as the Hydrogen One. Called the "Red Channel," the store will allow users to find holographic content, upload creations, and download compatible movies, documentaries, games, and other apps.

Connectivity is provided by some form of cellular wireless, wi-fi, USB-C, and a Micro SD slot for storage expansion. Other accessories will be available as an additional purchase at launch. The company notes that expansion modules will not be available at launch.

Red is not a new company. It was founded in 2005, with the goal of producing 4K digital video cameras. The first Red One cameras were delivered in 2007, and captured 4K video at 60 frames per second.

Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" was shot on Red's Weapon series of cameras in 8K.

Pre-order pricing is $1195 for the aluminum version, and $1595 for the titanium version, with first orders shipping in the first quarter of 2018.