The RED Hydrogen One is coming to Verizon and AT&T, the two largest wireless carriers in the United States announced Thursday. AT&T also reiterated the last launch window attached to the device, having said that the world's first holographic smartphone will become available to its subscribers this summer, whereas Verizon only said it intends to launch it "later this year." The technology firm recently delayed its first release until August, having said it opted for the move in order to improve the overall product.
AT&T also intends to hold live demonstrations of the device as part of an AT&T SHAPE event at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles over a two-day period starting June 2. Consumers interested in getting a first look at the smartphone are asked to register in advance by referring to the banner below. Among other things, the demo will allow visitors to try out movies and games powered by the unconventional Android handset. No new details about the smartphone itself have been disclosed by either wireless carrier, with the RED Hydrogen One hence remaining a largely mysterious product. The gadget that's set to ship with a holographic display is no longer available for pre-orders from the manufacturer and it remains to be seen whether it retains its high price tag after being picked up by the two largest telecom giants in the country. Advanced orders started at $1,295 for the aluminum version of the RED Hydrogen One, whereas the titanium variant was priced at $1,595.
The company behind the innovative smartphone claims its offering will set new standards for what consumers deem cutting-edge technology, with the device being set to support virtual, augmented, and mixed reality applications, in addition to having the ability to project holograms and deliver multidimensional sound. Despite its high price tag, the RED Hydrogen One is improving its commercial chances by a significant degree through the newly announced partnerships, with Verizon and AT&T having nearly 300 million subscribers combined. While large carriers typically don't provide niche products with a lot of shelf exposure, AT&T already signaled it's willing to experiment late last year when it picked up ZTE's foldable Axon M, and Verizon now appears to be embracing a similar strategy.