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High-end 4K and 8K camera maker Red has pre­viewed a phone that it hopes will be­come stan­dard is­sue for deep-pock­eted pho­tog­ra­phers.

The An­droid hand­set is touted as hav­ing ground­break­ing dis­play tech­nol­ogy that will switch be­tween stan­dard 2D, stereo 3D and holo­graphic “Hy­dro­gen 4-View” con­tent, al­though the lat­est pro­to­types didn’t show off the lat­ter.

Red says that the semi-rugged de­vice and its 5.7in screen would also act as a con­trol and mon­i­tor tool for ex­ist­ing Red cam­eras, and the com­pany is am­bi­tiously call­ing it “the fu­ture of small-form-fac­tor cin­ema”.

The Hy­dro­gen in­cludes a high-speed data bus de­signed to put the hand­set at the cen­tre of a mod­u­lar sys­tem, with ad­di­tional hard­ware – such as at­tach­ments for im­prov­ing im­age qual­ity – bolted on.

Red is tak­ing pre­orders, but ad­mits the price may in­crease af­ter ini­tial ship­ments, and that pro­duc­tion is­sues could lead to de­lays for or­ders placed once the phone is on gen­eral sale. The com­pany also says it has signed one global mo­bile car­rier to stock the hand­sets.

RIGHT Red hopes this semi-rugged An­droid hand­set will be the fu­ture of small-form­fac­tor cin­ema

ABOVE RIGHT Red earned fame for its pro 4K video cam­eras but is now tar­get­ing phones

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