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First production lot of RED Hydrogen One Titanium flubbed

By Jules Wang September 28, 2018, 7:15 pm

RED Digital Cinema CEO Jim Jannard has admitted that the first production run of the Titanium version of the Hydrogen One smartphone will not ship to pre-order customers in the timeframe he had hoped for.

Jannard has been giving updates on his company’s forum and has said that manufacturing, controlled by a contractor, would be difficult. He didn’t expect that it would be so difficult.

“The 1st run of Ti is a disaster,” he wrote in a post titled “The post I don’t want to make.” “All fail.”

He acknowledges those who have paid more than $1,600 to reserve a phone for a top-quality version might be “pretty pissed off” that they’re going to be waiting much longer than the 14 months they’ve already had to wait.

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To make good on the failure, Jannard has decided to send all Titanium pre-orders an Aluminum version, retail value of $1,295, of the Hydrogen when it begins shipping — previously announced as from October 9. Those customers will also get to keep their Aluminum units once they are sent the Titanium version.

It’s a difficult proposition to make a smartphone, so it’s nice to see accountability in the independent field.

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