Verizon and AT&T both have announced today that they will be providing the first holographic smartphone, the RED Hydrogen One. AT&T will soon be announcing the release date for this smartphone later this summer. However, we need to note that the release of this phone has already been delayed twice, and there is no exact word for its final ship date and final price. Although it seems that the year 2018 may be the current target for this device to hit the market.
The first time, the pre-orders were directly available from RED last July for a heavy price of 1,200 USD, and they are closed since then. On the company’s website, the aluminum phone is listed at 1,295 USD and the titanium version is listed at 1,595 USD. However, it is not clear what mobile service carriers AT&T and Verizon will charge customers for purchasing this phone. The phone is touted to have “four-view” or 4V technology, which means that this phone is capable of handling 2D, 3D mixed reality, AR as well as VR without requiring to add any additional headsets or hardware. Though, it’s not clear how the specifications of this phone work.
In case you have pre-ordered the RED Hydrogen One smartphone directly from the company, then you can expect the phone to arrive before those ordered through Verizon or AT&T. Indeed, for some of its delays in the launch of the phone, the company blames the carrier certification. The company said in a forum post dated January 22nd, “We lack any control over that process and dependable on the carriers when they can arrive at that process.” “It means that ‘official’ ship date for phones from carriers is going to probably be at some point of time in summer. However, ‘Unlocked’ pre-orders might get shipped before that.”