It’s never easy when a project doesn’t work out, and it’s usually not long after the dream goes sour that people start pointing fingers.
RED is doing just that to explain away the multiple issues around their Hydrogen One smartphone which failed to either change the world or wow consumers. This was apparently the fault of the original phone’s Chinese ODM according to RED found Jim Jennard in a post on H4Vuser.net according to PetaPixel.
“Getting our ODM in China to finish the committed features and fix known issues on the HYDROGEN One has proven to be beyond challenging. Impossible actually. …After months of vetting a new design to manufacture house, we have begun the work on the HYDROGEN Two, virtually from scratch, at a new ODM that is clearly more capable of building and supporting the product we (and our customers) demand…The HYDROGEN Two is being methodically designed and crafted to surprise and exceed expectations… again, just as you would expect from us.”
So, basically, nothing is going to change with the current headset but look out for the sequel to come out sometime in the future. Outside of the Hydrogen Two, Jennard also talked about the standalone camera module that will be compatible with both phones. The company has brought the design of the module in house and is really happy with how it has turned out so far.
Nonetheless, RED does take some responsibility for the failings of the first smartphone.
Jennard writes, “While issues have been the result of our original ODM’s short comings, we also understand that customers solely look to us for their satisfaction…To that end, every HYDROGEN One owner will get significant preferential treatment for the HYDROGEN Two and/or new Cinema Camera model, both in delivery allocations and pricing.”
Do you own a Hydrogen One smartphone? What do you think? Victim of hype or Chinese ODM? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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