Red Hydrogen One Might Be Best Slow Motion Phone Ever!

Red Hydrogen One

The RED Hydrogen One phone has a lot to live up to but contrary to many doubters it may be just that good when it comes to video and photo quality. How good? By some accounts, it may be unrivaled by any phone currently and possibly for the foreseeable future thanks to the special software that is running on that last year’s Snapdragon 835 chip which is now outdated but still usable to create what RED touts as an imaging phone for the connoisseur.

We expect 4k quality in better codecs than the competition, with the ability to surpass 4k 60p which is the current phone upper limit for frame rates and resolution. As far as higher frame rates go we simply cannot find a lot of information when it comes to the way video is captured but read along to see something that may get a little closer to unraveling the mystery. New phone final body images have been released here in the forums.

Red Hydrogen One Is this the phone we have been waiting for?

As you can see in the image above which was found on the RED Hydrogen forum here there seems to be an ability to move frame rates on the phone to 120 and 240fps even in UHD and 2k cinema resolutions, but it could also mean that only the green portions are available for each resolution and the greyed out ones are not selectable as indicated by a commenter below. As to the validity of this, we will have to wait and see but it is quite encouraging to see an interface devoted to professional video options which take care to establish frame rates as a prime feature.

The Youtuber Marques Brownlee has also posted a Hydrogen One Prototype unboxing which you may find interesting and will give you a sense of what the phone is like physically.

RED Hydrogen One Unboxing! (Houdini Edition) by Marques Brownlee:

We do not venture on speculation much here at HSC but we will keep a close eye on the Hydrogen One and how it develops.  You may also like to see some of the posted image samples from the still camera module on the Houdini prototype phone in this pretty cool thread here:

RED has pushed back the Hydrogen One release date to 2nd of November 2018, with pre-orders beginning October 9th.

The Hydrogen One aluminum version will be available on these carriers: AT&T, Verizon, and Telcel for $1,295.00 USD. The Titanium variant will be out in 2019 and should be $200 USD More. More to come as the release date nears. -HSC

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4 thoughts on “Red Hydrogen One Might Be Best Slow Motion Phone Ever!”

  1. I think you completely misread the UI. As you can see, for rear camera, when “1920×1080” is selected, only 23.97, 30 and 60 fps are available (not greyed out). Presumably when set to 4k only 23.97 and 30 will be available.

    I would assume the 120fps and 240fps modes are only avaliable in 720p and 480p modes respectively.

  2. I’m with Edward. The big selling point of the Hydrogen is its brand and the 3D lenticular display for showing stereo 3d content and the stereo camera. Red hyped the phone and it’s features, and if it were capable of high framerates, they would have showed it off. I’d guess 720p 240fps maximum, but in 3D, which would be still nice.

    1. We covered the 3D holographic display in a previous post, but thank’s for your opinion on the frame rates. It could very well be the best video quality at full resolution but we will have to see what 120p and 240p look like. Apple will be releasing a new set of phones this month so it will be interesting to see where they go on frame rates this time.

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