Like most professionals that work online in the digital world, I basically live on my phone and I can’t imagine going a day without it. They’ve come a long way since the flip days of simply making calls and sending the occasional text.

Today, smartphones can do so much more than just keep you in contact with family and friends. You can do your taxes, troll celebrities on Twitter, and even make money with your phone by way of gambling or even your chosen career.

However, this all comes at a price if you want a smartphone that will offer everything you require in order to be happy with your new device. If you do manage to find a phone with a great battery, plenty of internal memory, and a great camera, then you are looking to spend upwards of $400 for your new tool.

But how much would you spend for a phone with a fantastic camera? For the price of two top of the line iPhones, you can get the new Hydrogen One smartphone developed by a company called RED. The camera in this phone is no doubt amazing, but is it worth $1,200 for the base model?


Who is RED?

If you’ve seen movies such as The Martian, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, or Transformers then you’ve undoubtedly seen RED’s cameras in action whether you’ve realized it or not. RED is one of the leading developers of the rigs responsible for filming these amazing movies.

RED has, in recent years, offered to build custom professional grade cameras for filmmakers unwilling to rent cinema-grade camcorders to get their careers off the ground. These “movie makers” start at $12,500 for a bare bones model all the way up to $50,000 for a young Spielberg to get out of the classroom and into Hollywood at the speed of 8K.

Now, RED is taking their knack for making incredible cameras for the movie world and compacting them into a smartphone for anyone that finds themselves saying “I wish my phone took better pics.” It’s called the Hydrogen One and offers 3D (and even 4D) without the need of glasses.

The Hydrogen One is much to look at

At first glance, the phone looks rather simplistic on the screen side, but once it is flipped over is when you see the true uniqueness of the Hydrogen One. On the back of the jet black device is a large red dot that is reminiscent of Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Though the phone looks like it is always thinking, RED assures you it is thanks to its modular design and superior insides. It has the customization capabilities that are rivaled to the Moto Z and RED assures us that attachments will be available that will take the Hydrogen One passed it’s 4K, 3D beginnings.

The screen itself is quite impressive at 5.7” but that is the extent we know about the device. They say it is powerful but their site lists absolutely no information about internal space or operating system; just that it’s unlocked, so you’re not tied down to a carrier. They simply say: “Powered by Android.”

Now, the Hydrogen One looks rather cool and whenever a new smartphone manufacturer rises from the shadows it is extremely exciting, but is this one worth the gamble of paying a large pricetag and hoping it is as awesome as it seems once it arrives?

If you’re feeling froggy, you can take a shot and pay the $1,195 (or $1,595 for “titanium”), but keep in mind that “Design shown may change.” Order now and they ship sometime in the first quarter of 2018. Get yours here.

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John Pond
John was born in Germany to American military parents. After high school he worked in auditing and management until he realized he craved adventure. He spent several years hitchhiking around the United States, stopping in various towns and getting into adventures. It was on these adventures that he learned of his passion for writing and began working on his first novel. "Clouds of Tyranny" was turned down by everyone and John eventually decided to self-publish his first fiction novel. John is currently working on two additional fiction novels and a nonfiction book about his adventures on the road. John has a deep love for new technology and has contributed to various tech and gaming sites, but Tech Digg is his far.