Latest in Gear

Image credit: Engadget

RED blames Chinese manufacturer for its phone's terrible camera

The company is now working on a new model.
223 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Engadget

RED's much-hyped, camera-centric smartphone, the Hydrogen One, received some pretty damning reviews when it launched last year: the screen was poor quality, its headline photo features were disappointing and its camera software was rough around the edges. But according to RED founder Jim Jannard, it wasn't their fault. In a post on H4Vuser.net, Jannard blamed the company's unnamed Chinese ODM (original design manufacturer) for the Hydrogen One's shonky performance.

Jannard said the ODM "significantly under-performed" and that it was "impossible" to rectify the problems with the phone. However, the company is now working on the Hydrogen Two with a new ODM that is, according to Jannard, "clearly more capable of building and supporting the product we (and our customers) demand." RED is also working on its much-anticipated camera module, which will work on both phones.

There's no word yet on when Hydrogen Two or the camera module will roll out, but Jannard did say that Hydrogen One owners will get "significant preferential treatment" for both products, including an unspecified discount. Whether existing customers can be tempted back again, though, remains to be seen.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
223 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
Neo Geo retro stick console includes 'King of Fighters,' 'Samurai Shodown'

Neo Geo retro stick console includes 'King of Fighters,' 'Samurai Shodown'

View
Watch the 'Android' Nokia phone that never had a chance to exist

Watch the 'Android' Nokia phone that never had a chance to exist

View
TiVo tries running pre-roll ads before your recorded shows

TiVo tries running pre-roll ads before your recorded shows

View
YouTube CEO apologizes for channel verification mess (updated)

YouTube CEO apologizes for channel verification mess (updated)

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr