Here’s our first look at the mysterious $1200 smartphone from RED, a company that makes cameras for blockbuster films

RED Hydrogen 3The Hydrogen One definitely isn’t trying to be like most smartphones.Marques Brownlee/YouTube


Professional camera company RED made waves last month when it announced plans to launch its first smartphone, the Hydrogen One.

The company hasn’t divulged many details about the device in the time since, but has hyped up some of the phone’s higher-level features: a “modular” accessory system that will support higher-quality camera tools and a “holographic” display that’s said to be capable of presenting images with a 3D-like effect without the need for specialized glasses.

All of that comes in a phone whose pre-orders start at $1,195.

Up to now, RED has only released one obscured teaser image of the device. But the company recently gave popular YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee — also known as “MKBHD” — a non-functional prototype of what it says the Hydrogen One will ultimately look like.

Here’s a closer look:


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