Here’s a really simple way of showing that you are crazy rich: pay handsome amount for a phone with yesterday’s specs. If that sounds good to you, then the RED Hydrogen One Titanium version is right up your rich alley. Digital cinematography equipment maker RED had announced the plan to make a revolutionary multimedia smartphone back in 2017. It was to be a long time before it was eventually produced and delivered last year, in 2018.
It took so long to fulfill that the then-exciting proposition just dropped off from our radar and that’s why we never picked it up when it did finally make (half) good of its promise. In any case, only the aluminum version was delivered; the more exquisite titanium variant wasn’t – until now. If you have holding your breath for the titanium variant, well, the good news is, you can start breathing again because, it is now shipping for a cool $1,595 a pop.
While $1,000+ price is no stranger in today’s smartphone market, I would say it is exorbitant amount to pay for what was essentially 2017 specs. Aside from the bumped storage (which is 256 GB as opposed 128 GB on the aluminum model), one of the most important components of a smartphone is a good-for-201 a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. And also, it has a LTPS-TFT display. Not the more energy efficient, a little more sunlight-friendly OLED or AMOLED display.
The SoC is one thing. It is not known the 6 RAM and the 256 GB storage – both which plays a major part in determining the phone’s performance – are of what type. Surely UFS isn’t supported by 835? Or does it? In any case, those details are lacking and given that it is essentially a 2017 phone, you should know not to expect anything particularly spectacular. Just saying… It does have expandable storage of up to 512 GB via microSD card though.
Other highlights include ARCore (basically augmented reality), deep cavity front-facing speakers, A3D spatial surround sound, and a 4K-capable camera set up comprising of a lone 12.3 MP main snapper and a 8.3 MP front-facing shooter. Perhaps, one of the good thing to come with 2017 spec sheet is this: 3.5 mm headphone jack. Also, it does have the latest Bluetooth technology, i.e. version 5.0, and supports 802.11 ac, and then there is, of course, the still novel glasses-free 3D tech called 4-View Display with LitByLeia technology.
In all seriousness, given that there are so many $1,000+ smartphones with newer tech, RED Hydrogen One feels like a hard sell, titanium or not. If you are undaunted (you rich bastard!), then go ahead and hit up RED Hydrogen web store to secure a unit.
Images: RED Hydrogen.