RED unveils $1,200 holographic smartphone

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RED hydrogen one
Smells like vaporware.
Photo: RED

Think the iPhone 8’s rumored $1,000 price tag is too cheap for your blood?

Don’t worry. RED — makers of the EPIC camera — have got you covered with an all-new Android phone that costs upward of $1,500.

Only problem is you’ll have to wait until 2018 to get your fingers on it.

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In what feels like a super-delayed April Fools’ joke, RED revealed its plans to create a high-end Android-powered smartphone that’s being dubbed the “world’s first holographic media machine” that fits in your pocket.

Full details on RED’s Hydrogen One phone haven’t been announced quite yet, but the company is already accepting pre-orders for the upcoming device. Getting one will set you back either $1,195 for the aluminum model or $1,595 for the titanium body.

RED hasn’t even published a video of the phone in action. In fact, in the press release (.pdf) for the upcoming product, the company says the design (shown above) could change between now and the projected release date of 2018.

RED Hydrogen One holographic smartphone

The headline feature on RED’s phone is the holographic display that allows you to consume 3D content without glasses. RED hasn’t shown any videos of the holograms in action, but even if it doesn’t work, it won’t be the first phone to sport the technology. That honor goes to the poorly received HTC EVO 3D that came out all the way back in 2011.

Other features include an expandable modular system that allows owners to attach accessories to eke out extra performance. It also supposedly packs an immersive, multi-dimensional audio system. An amazing camera will also hopefully be included too.

RED says the Hydrogen One will be available during the first quarter of 2018.