Nearly a yr after launch, RED has dropped the value on its Hydrogen One smartphone to $645 — a worth that is still too costly for what you get, and even at launch, wouldn’t have justified all the cellphone’s shortcomings. The 50 p.c worth drop, spotted by Sascha Segan of PCMag, appears to have been applied on RED’s web site someday up to now week. The cellphone initially offered for $1,295.
Even with this dramatic worth drop, the Hydrogen One stays a horrible deal. A model new iPhone 11 — a remarkably higher cellphone, with a lot better cameras and video taking pictures capabilities (one thing RED followers may care about) — prices simply $54 more. And most year-old telephones are even cheaper: the iPhone XR is now right down to $599, and Google’s Pixel 3 is right down to $499. They are each higher telephones.
RED was concurrently far too bold and fully clueless when it got here to producing its first cellphone. The beloved digicam firm went with an uncommon design, added on a modular port for high-end digicam equipment, and included a “holographic” 3D show that was speculated to be the way forward for filmmaking, or one thing like that. But the display was dangerous throughout common 2D viewing and even worse throughout 3D viewing, and even the cameras didn’t stay as much as something near RED high quality. Not solely that, however the cellphone additionally debuted with a year-old processor on account of continued manufacturing delays.
The Hydrogen One is even much less interesting a yr out, with the promised add-on digicam module still lacking and improvement plans fully unclear. RED introduced plans for a Hydrogen Two in July, and on the time, firm CEO Jim Jannard stated a digicam add-on was still within the works and would assist each telephones.
I can be surprised that RED is still promoting the Hydrogen One, however I doubt the corporate has even offered by its preliminary manufacturing run. Now, at the least, the cellphone is right down to a worth that looks like much less of a joke — or, at the least, would have if it had debuted at this worth a yr in the past.
The Titanium model of the Hydrogen One has additionally seen a worth minimize, to $895. The cellphone is still out there at full worth by Verizon.