Industry-standard camera manufacturer RED has been working on its debut into the smartphone market with its Hydrogen One handset. While the device has been delayed until August due to a small hitch in its design, the US now has its first two carriers.
Pre-order deadlines for the 4-View-powered smartphone have already closed, however wireless providers AT&T and Verizon have announced that they will carry the RED Hydrogen One when the handset launches in the United States.
AT&T’s press release coincides with the August delay, stating that it would be releasing the device later this summer, however Verizon remained distinctly vague in its commitment, only allocating a launch window of “later this year”.
Neither carrier has commented on the pricing of the device, the aluminium version originally went on sale for $1,295, while the titanium-clad variant hit $1,595 within RED’s pre-order scheme. It’s possible that the final pricing will climb higher than this, however.
The RED Hydrogen One will see its first public unveiling at the AT&T Shape event on June 2nd-3rd, held at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles. Potential goers can register for the event over on AT&T’s website.
KitGuru Says: Considering 4-View technology has debuted outside of smartphones previously and failed to gain any traction, it is debatable whether or not it is enough for RED to push its higher pricing. I’m more interested in what its camera will be like, given the company’s forte. Does the RED Hydrogen One interest you?