This past week in New York City, Red founder Jim Jannard stood before a huddled crowd of tech journalists, passionately making the case for his dream phone: the Hydrogen One. It's a big, heavy phone that looks little like the sleek handsets that dominate today's sales, built with a totally different set of priorities than we're used to seeing from mainstream OEMs. At a time when even Motorola looks like it's losing passion for modular hardware, Jannard and the Hydrogen One are eager to embrace it. And while we thought 3D screens on phones had died over half a decade ago, Jannard and his baby sure want to convince us there's life in them yet. Read More
Every month or so, an update to ARCore rolls out to add the augmented reality framework to a whole new set of phones, tablets... and now Chromebooks? Yes, the first Chrome OS device has been found among the list of profiles included in the ARCore APK, and that is the recently released Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Also joining the list are the codenames associated with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, blueline and crosshatch, which are due out this Fall. Read More
Last month, premium camera company RED announced it was developing a smartphone called "Hydrogen." The product sounded like vaporware - almost no details were disclosed at first, besides the whopping $1,200 price tag. Perhaps in an attempt to prove that the device will actually come to market, the company gave MKBHD (a well-known tech YouTuber) a few prototypes to try out. Read More
Would you pony up $1200 for a smartphone that doesn't ship until Q1 2018, has no published specifications, and is manufactured by a company that has never built a phone before? Probably not. But, if you are so bold, RED has announced the Hydrogen today, and they will happily take between 1200 and 1600 of your dollars for the privilege of owning one [if it ever comes to exist].
What processor does the Hydrogen have? We don't know. What version of Android does it run? Unclear. How big is the battery? Unknown. Is a battery included? Legitimately good question. (If this reference is not familiar to you, I highly recommend this video.)
What we do know is that the Hydrogen runs Android, has a 5.7" holographic display (get excited, it's 2011 all over again), and is modular in a very Moto Z-looking sort of way. Read More