The RED Hydrogen One, launched by the famous camera manufacturer RED, was an utter failure of a smartphone. After facing many delays, it was finally launched at $1300 with outdated specs, frustrating customers. Nonetheless, RED customers are loyal and were excited to get their hands on the phone.
Being a company that produces famous cinema cameras for wild prices, you’d think that the Hydrogen One would have an amazing camera. Unfortunately it turned out mediocre. That paired with the gimmicky glasses-free 3D display and lack of any modules for its modular design made for an arguably bad smartphone.
However, the saving grace of the smartphone was supposed to be the modules, add-ons that clip to the back of the device and connect to the pin array to give users more functions such as extra battery life and a promised “cinema-grade” camera attachment. These modules were supposed to be coming in 2019, but it seems that plans have changed. The page talking about the modules is now gone, and the founder of RED Jim Jannard has posted on the Hydrogen forums about the future of the Hydrogen program.
“Some have noticed that we have taken down the images of the 2D module from our website.
The reason for that is because we are currently in the middle of radically changing the HYDROGEN program. As I have said before, everything can and will change.
A series of obstacles and then new discoveries have given us the opportunity to significantly improve the entire program, not only for HYDROGEN but also for RED.
The changes create new opportunities to better satisfy the professional image capture customers as well as the casual consumer for the HYDROGEN program.
The RED team, led by Jarred Land, as of now will now be fully in charge of the professional image capture program for HYDROGEN and the HYDROGEN team is fully engaged on the new in-device image capture system. Both are major advancements to what was previously posted.
We are excited to share details as soon as we file the patents and lock down the changes and are all pretty excited about what is coming…
As a side note… all HYDROGEN customers will be “obsolescence obsolete” when buying into the new professional image capture program.
The statement doesn’t really say much of anything, not even answering if modules are even coming to the device. I can’t imagine current Hydrogen One owners are happy about this. However, the comment about “obsolescence obsolete” is at least comforting in that RED will somehow manage to please its current customers.