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random x? s? AdvertisementUnfortunately, it seems despite being given designs from Red and having support from Foxconn to assemble the phone (known for assembling iPhones and other high-end handsets), Red鈥檚 ODM 鈥渨hich was responsible for the mechanical packaging of our design including new technologies along with all software integration with the Qualcomm processor, has significantly under-performed.鈥 The Red Hydrogen One Is a Phone Made for an Alternate RealityJim Jannard is an interesting guy. After starting a one-man business selling motorcycle parts, he鈥?/p>Read moreAdvertisementAdvertisementJannard then added that getting its ODM to address existing issues with Hydrogen One has been 鈥渋mpossible,鈥 and that because the ODM wasn鈥檛 able to 鈥渃ompetently complete鈥 the camera module that was originally promised as an accessory to the Hydrogen One, Red decided to modify its production plans and bring the program back in house. What a mess. However, it seems there is some good news out of all this, as Jannard also explained that Red has since created a new image sensor and camera module called the Red Komodo that will be compatible with both the original Hydrogen One and the upcoming Hydrogen Two. Advertisement setTimeout(() => const adSlot = document.querySelector(.apscustom); const adFallback = document.querySelector(.ars-fallback); if (adSlot) if has been read, but theres no ad, then show the fallback if (adFallback && adSlot.offsetHeight Komodo is not designed to replace Red鈥檚 existing cinema digital cameras like the Red Dragon-X, but that the Komodo will be a complimentary device that can capture 鈥渃inema grade images at the highest level at lower pricing.鈥 For the handful of people who actually purchased a Hydrogen One, Jannard said that to help combat customer frustration 鈥渆very Hydrogen One owner will get significant preferential treatment for the Hydrogen Two and/or new Cinema Camera model, both in delivery allocations and pricing.鈥 While that sounds nice, it doesn鈥檛 necessarily address other shortcomings of the Hydrogen One like a processor that was outdated even at release and a holographic screen that didn鈥檛 really live up to the hype. AdvertisementStill, as Red and Jannard found out the hard way, making phones ain鈥檛 easy. And while many may simply write off the Hydrogen One as an ambitious but ultimately flawed device, it did offer a phone design that remains wildly different from anything Samsung, Apple, Google, or any other big phone makers are doing. Hopefully for Red, its second attempt at making a phone鈥攁nd not the third鈥攊s the charm.
- random x? s? AdvertisementWhen Royole broke ground with the first foldable phone in late 2018, the FlexPai showed that while bendable devices were possible, they still needed a lot of work. But at MWC, the flexible gadget floodgates opened with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X leading the way, with both boasting components and designs that seemed several generations ahead of anything anyone had ever seen before.But what鈥檚 even more notable about this is that it wasn鈥檛 just the two electronics juggernauts that brought bendy devices to MWC. Nubia, known for all sorts of wild concepts including dual-screen phones and the first phone to feature RGB lighting, showed off a more refined take on its Alpha smartphone-watch hybrid. And while TCL isn鈥檛 planning on releasing a foldable device until sometime in 2020, the company still brought a handful of flexible concept devices to show off in Barcelona.AdvertisementAdvertisementFlexible screens have the potential to change how so many gadgets are created, and while MWC 2019 may have been their big debut, it鈥檚 important to note that this is just the beginning. With the Galaxy Fold priced just short of ,000 and the Mate X going for even more at around ,600, the first wave of bendable devices are anything but affordable. Additionally, there are also a lot of potential concerns about bendy phone design, especially when it comes to durability. And with a number of bendable phones appearing quite thick, that鈥檚 yet another hurdle early adopters will have to come to grips with.A hint at the next big advance in smartphone photographyPhoto: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)Advertisement setTimeout(() => const adSlot = document.querySelector(.apscustom); const adFallback = document.querySelector(.ars-fallback); if (adSlot) if has been read, but theres no ad, then show the fallback if (adFallback && adSlot.offsetHeight in advance of the P30 launch scheduled at the end of March, it seems like Huawei is on track to bring big zooms to smartphone cameras quite soon.Our holographic future remains years awayPhoto: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)AdvertisementWhen Microsoft first announced the original HoloLens back in 2015, people didn鈥檛 quite know what to make of it. It was different than VR, and much more than just simple augmented reality. And over the years, Microsoft鈥檚 mixed reality platform has grown into a tool that changes how businesses teach, train, and empower their workers.And with the arrival of a second-gen headset, the HoloLens 2 has gained improved comfort and ergonomics, double the field of view, and precision hand and eye tracking that allows you to interact with holograms as if they were real. Microsoft has even created new software suites to help businesses get the HoloLens 2 up and running even faster, while also giving enterprises the tools to customize the headset鈥檚 design to fit their needs.AdvertisementBut the sad thing is that for all the normal folk out there, with a price tag of ,500 (or 5 a month), the HoloLens 2 is still just as out of reach as its predecessor. There鈥檚 no doubt the HoloLens 2 is amazing tech, but we鈥檙e still years away from it being something people can realistically have in their homes.Actual 5G-ready handsets are finally hereLG even put a 5G logo on the back of the LG V50 5G that will light up when connected to a 5G network. Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)AdvertisementDespite all the hype about how 5G is going to change mobile communication as we know it, much of that discussion has been largely academic up until now. That鈥檚 because aside from a handful of 5G hotspots for use in limited areas, before last week, there weren鈥檛 any actual 5G-ready phones on the market.But with the announcement of the Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 5G, and Huawei Mate X (yes, Huawei鈥檚 bendy phone is also 5G-ready), and several 5G prototypes from the likes of OnePlus, Oppo, ZTE, and others, there鈥檚 finally some actual 5G hardware to talk about. However, with none of those devices expected to become available before sometime this spring at the earliest, it seems we鈥檙e still in for a little wait until we can test out true 5G devices for real.AdvertisementStill waiting on 5G networks to catch upPhoto: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)AdvertisementFor a trade show that had 5G plastered on practically every other sign, branded onto a bunch of handsets, and several keynote presentations spent talking about its potential impact, there wasn鈥檛 a lot of concrete info or updates on when 5G networks would be available. And out of the four big U.S. carriers, the biggest revelation about upcoming 5G service came from Sprint, who projected that the first four cities featuring Sprint鈥檚 5G network would 鈥渕ost likely鈥 go live in May.Meanwhile, Verizon, ATT, and T-Mobile we鈥檙e largely silent on when their networks would come online, with most simply punting for now and asking users to check back in sometime in the second half of 2019. But as OnePlus founder Pete Lau pointed out during a panel co-hosted by Qualcomm, the 5G revolution is one that will take places over three phases, with the first being an improvement of data speeds over the next three to five years.AdvertisementOnly once the 5G networks are up and running can we begin to build out full ecosystems of 5G devices and AI-powered software in phase 2, before finally making everything interconnected in phase 3 of the 5G era. So yes, 5G is coming, but for anyone expecting a transformation overnight, maybe think again, because we鈥檙e just barely getting started.