RED's Hydrogen prototype gets detailed in first hands-on video

It was only last month when RED announced its entry into the smartphone market with a device called the Hydrogen. At the time, the firm only offered a glimpse of the phone with a teaser image and also stated that the handset would offer a "holographic display". Today, it looks like we get our first detailed look at the device, giving us a closer look at its unique styling and display.

As you can gather from the images, the handset isn't the most svelte option that will be on the market but does have that classic RED feel with its over the top design, metal build, and its jeweled logo. The metal section of the rear is flanked with Kevlar panels, while the right and left side of the handset offers grooves that make it easier to grip. A dedicated camera shutter button will be located on the right-hand side, along with a power button that will have an embedded fingerprint reader. The volume buttons will be located on the left side, with the headphone jack and USB Type-C port on the bottom. RED is planning to relocate the headphone jack to the top, which some may or may not like.

While you won't get a preview of the holographic display in the video, YouTuber Marques Brownlee did state that although the tech wasn't perfect, he was quite impressed and at a loss for words. Luckily, if the gimmicky feature isn't to your liking, you can always turn it off and have a display that functions more like a traditional display. While the screen is without a doubt the centerpiece of the front portion, the handset also will arrive with front-facing dual stereo speakers.

This is a pretty interesting early look at a $1,195 handset, but RED has more in store, as it will have a complete prototype in the next 30 to 45 days. Hopefully, when this product arrives, we will get another video to see how this device will function as a complete package.

Source: MKBHD (YouTube)

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