But when it does, the camera-centric smartphone equipped with a holographic display will be available from a couple major wireless carriers.
While we do now know approximately when we'll see the phone in person, many details about the device have yet to be announced.Company founder Jim Jannardthankfully shared additional specs for the Red Hydrogen One as he uses the Hydrogen One with the serial number 0001.
RED is now showing prototypes of the smartphone to select groups as they build the Hydrogen Network, which will give creators their own channels and also allow users to sell 4V content.
If you live in or around Los Angeles, AT&T will be demoing the Hydrogen One at Warner Bros. Pre-order customers will receive their phones "well before launch" nonetheless. The website now lists $1,295 for the aluminum phone and $1,595 for the titanium version. He says that in the 4V holographic mode, the screen dims a little and then displays a "better than 3D" view.
If that seems like a lot to ask for a smartphone, even in this age of the $999 iPhone X, Red believes the Hydrogen One's feature set justifies the price tag.
For AT&T and Verizon, the promise is official network support. The biggest takeaway from Brownlee's video of the Hydrogen One prototype, though, may be how big the phone is.
Both Verizon and AT&T mention in blog posts that the Hydrogen One will go on sale in stores starting later this summer, which lines up with the August launch we've been hearing about for the past few months.
Since RED expects content creators to be all over the phone, that big battery will probably come in useful.
Pricing and specific availability haven't been confirmed yet, though it's fair to assume the Hydrogen One won't be a cheap handset. That date has been pushed back, with the company chalking up the most recent delay to efforts toward improving the camera.