AT&T and Verizon will carry the Red Hydrogen One smartphone

Gladys Abbott
May 18, 2018

RED claims Hydrogen One is designed for "doers, makers and content creators". The summer launch seems to be for real as the two carriers announced the availability of the revolutionary smartphone. Both AT&T and Verizon have announced that they will be carrying the phone which will be made available in the summer (or in Verizon's case, "later this year"), but stopped short of actually announcing any details of the phone or specific dates.

Another detail missing from the carriers' announcements is how much you can expect to pay for the Hydrogen One.

AT&T calls the unreleased handset's 4-view holographic display "even better than 3D", while Verizon bills the groundbreaking technology as that thing "3D always wished it was, and without the glasses". An aluminum version of the phone had a pre-order price of $1,295, while a titanium version was listed at $1,595. The phone can also display standard 2D images. You'll be able to interact with those images using a set of gestures. Given that the phone is launching on both a CDMA and GSM carrier bodes well for its compatibility overseas, but it's hard to say if Red will retain the ability to sell the phone unlocked through its own channels. The biggest takeaway from Brownlee's video of the Hydrogen One prototype, though, may be how big the phone is. Register for the event and stop by the exhibits area to sample games, movies and other content on the RED HYDROGEN ONE smartphone before it is released to the public.

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The phone was originally slated to ship during the first three months of 2018, so it is already late to market.

It's highly unusual for the top two wireless service providers in the USA to carry the rookie smartphone effort of a company like RED, whose expertise lies elsewhere.

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