The first phone from cinema giant RED has lots of modular video potential, but it falls short on the basics and its holographic view is a fun party trick at best.
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30 thoughts on “RED Hydrogen One review: Modular, ambitious, incomplete”
Huge fail they never came out with the ad on camera
stop eating your nails !
It's the best phone on the market by far ! What are you thinking?
It looks very much like an older Sony phone with rugged exterior.
Should have just released the phone in 2019 with 2019 specs if that’s when the modules are going to drop, because without those, this phone has no reason to even exist.
waste of money
did you say impressive low light performance? lol….every other review says it struggles in low light condition. and the camera sensor is not even made by red … probably sony's regular sensor. this phone is a disaster and a huge failure. 1300$ shit comparing to other flagships out there. And it's an ugly son of bitch.
you're talking about all the features a normal sony phone has …
When it is finally out in 2099 A.D., even toothpicks and kleenex have disposable CPUs and can take 40K super slo mo 5D videos.
Frankly, I'm not worried about the Snapdragon 835 being in the Hydrogen One. That SoC is already plenty powerful and capable in the imaging department.
What I'm disappointed at is that lackluster stock camera app missing CORE features from it's dedicated manual mode. I'm not expecting nice software computational tricks a la Pixel 3 but it looks like RED did nothing on the camera front since they were so focused on their 4V camera and content creation.
Oh well, there's always next year.
A RED employee has made the following comment:
"The reviews happened on devices with Software that is equivalent to the very early Houdini Software from beginning September. We have done quite a journey since then."
"We have contacted the reviewers and explained the situation. Some of them were professional enough and contacted us when they realized that they had an old software on their device. Others were looking for clicks…"
The 4V did not look that great in early September (ghosting and kind of blurry looking)… It looks WAY better now, after about 3 updates, all with feedback for each, and they are still refining (new beta came out last week for Houdini. The ghosting is gone, and is way sharper now). Shame they pushed these reviews out with that early of software, so they pretty much reviewed a 'dev kit', and not a retail device.
3:17 What you came for
Ugly and outdated crap
RED = Ridiculous Engineer Disaster
This review felt pretty lacking. You should've gone over it in other areas like if it has a headphone jack, the front speakers, the full specs, etc.
Red said they needed more horsepower for some of the things they want to do but stuff this with a 835?!
Throw in an A12x. It should fit, this phone is giant.
I see it becoming an Epic Fail….
Wanna hear a joke?
RED Hydrogen One.
Hayato. Yeah. Love your videos from pocket now
It's a prototype that's already out of date. 😱
I wouldn't spend $13 on that ugly piece of crap
Overpriced dumpster fire!
Waste of time
One WORD it's ugly!!!!
As always, it's better to wait for the version 2.0, but nice they got into the smartphone market.
Nice video, liked as always
If they didn't absolutely nail that camera and dethrone the pixel that's a huge fail.
Lol. A 2017 spec. phone out in 2018 while waiting for mods that may come out in 2019.
Not to mention the screen that reminds the reviewer of an old 3ds. All for $1300.
This device needs a decent cooling system. They couldn't give this an IP rating for how much?
This phone is never going to be released.
Talk about a fail. They should have teamed up with LG to make a phone.
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