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With a 3D holographic screen, modular upgrades, scalloped edges and the promise of a cinema-grade camera in the future, the Red Hydrogen One is one of the most ambitious phones in years.

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Under the 5.7-inch 2,560x1,440-pixel LCD screen is a nano light field that produces the 3D effect which Red calls 4-View (4V). No glasses are needed.

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You need to see the 4V screen in real life -- showing it in 2D photos just doesn't do it justice.

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When not showing 4V content, the screen is a perfectly normal (2D) phone display. As mundane as that sounds, this is truly a remarkable achievement.

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On the back of the phone are two 12-megapixel cameras that are exactly the same. Unlike the iPhone XS or Galaxy Note 9 the second camera isn't for zooming.

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The two cameras are paired stereoscopically -- kind of like binoculars -- allowing you to capture 3D photos and video.

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The Hydrogen One smartly saves a 2D version of any 4V photos or videos you capture so there's no FOMO. 

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Red is a California company that makes high-end cinema cameras used to film movies like Crazy Rich AsiansAnt-Man and The Wasp and Deadpool 2.

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On the back of the phone are copper pogo pins that will support modules Red is making. Sadly, there are none available at launch.

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The scalloped edges on the sides feel like a pair of brass knuckles.

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They fit my hand and fingers like a glove.

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Next to the top corner of the phone is a raised circular record/shutter button. A long press when the phone is in sleep mode will open the camera.

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There is a fingerprint reader located within the scallops on the right side of the phone.

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The back of the Hydrogen One is made of aluminum and Kevlar.

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The Hydrogen One costs $1,295 (which converts to about £985 or AU$1,800) for the aluminum version I tested or $1,595 for a titanium version that will be released at some point in the future.

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The phone is enormous. About the size of the new Razer Phone 2 or last year's iPhone 8 Plus in a case.

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Here it is next to the new Razer Phone 2 (left).

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And here is the Hydrogen One (right) next to the Pixel 3 XL.

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Now this is a proper pile of phones. At the bottom is the Red Hydrogen One, to the left is the iPhone XR (face up), at the top of the photo is the Pixel 3 XL and seemingly hovering above the other phones is the Razer Phone 2 on the right.

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It's exciting seeing Razer and Red push past the phone sameness found on the market.

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For more on the Red Hydrogen One phone check out CNET's in-depth review.

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