Red has unveiled an updated launch schedule for its first smartphone, the Hydrogen One, today. The device was initially announced in July of last year, with the unique selling point of having a holographic display.
Back in January it was said to arrive at carriers sometime during the summer, with pre-ordered units shipping before that. Needless to say, this hasn't happened.
The Hydrogen One will be available at AT&T and Verizon on November 2, while pre-orders will start shipping on October 9. Carriers will only have Black and Shadow aluminum color versions, with Titanium coming in 2019 in very limited quantities. The aluminum models are priced at $1,295. For those who pre-ordered, Black aluminum will ship first, followed by Titanium "shortly after".
On August 31 at Red Studios Hollywood there will be an event that will kick off a developer program, which will deliver the Red Hydrogen One Houdini Developer's Model to people who want in. Quantities for this one will be extremely limited, the point of the program is to have people outside the company test pre-release units of the phone. These will be production samples with pre-release software. While they are said to work well, several of Red's apps are in final development and the company is looking for bug reports from the people getting the Houdini version.
Regardless of which exact variation you buy, the device is powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset which was all the rage when the phone was unveiled last year, but is getting a bit long in the tooth now when every flagship out there employs its successor, the Snapdragon 845.
The Red Hydrogen One has real-time 4-view video capture capabilities - which when viewed on the handset itself allows you to look around and behind objects you see on its holographic screen. This feature was only incorporated this year, which is one reason for the ongoing delays in release. The other has to do with an unnamed setback during the certification process, which resulted in something needing to be retooled. The change has been completed and certification is now back on track.
Given that it's not finished yet, the launch dates above are still subject to change but apparently the odds for that happening are "pretty low" according to Red founder Jim Jannard.