Nothing is finally revealing its debut smartphone, the Nothing Phone 1, at a launch event today, after weeks of teasing. It’s the well-funded startup’s second product, following last year’s Ear 1 true wireless earbuds, and is led by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei.
The major news is that the Nothing Phone 1 will be on sale on July 21st for a low starting price of £399 (the equivalent of roughly $475 USD, however it will not be widely available in the US). The model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs £399, while the variant with 256GB of storage costs £449 (about $535 USD). The variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will be available for £499 (about $593 USD) later this summer.
Unfortunately, as previously stated, the Nothing Phone 1 will not be available in the United States. Nothing indicates that the Phone 1 will be released in more than 40 regions, including the United Kingdom, Japan, India, and nations in continental Europe.
Unlike Apple, which keeps every element of its devices under wraps until the actual launch, Nothing has gleefully exposed several of the Phone 1’s essential features in the weeks preceding up to today’s presentation. Also’s a strategy that’s garnered a lot of attention, but it means we’re going into today’s event knowing exactly what the Phone 1 is.
Most notably, Nothing revealed the phone’s design a full month before today’s presentation, displaying an eye-catching series of light strips on the device’s back (dubbed the glyph interface) that are supposed to perform a range of functions.
A light strip on the rear near the USB-C connector, for example, can indicate how full the battery is when charging, while a central light shines to signal whether the phone is being charged (or charging another device) wirelessly. All of the strips may flash to alert you to a notice or an incoming call, and they can sync with the phone’s ringtones. The strips may also be used as a fill light for the phone’s cameras, and a red LED on the rear flashes when the phone is capturing video.
The phone has two 50-megapixel sensors on the back: one primary and one ultrawide. The primary camera includes optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS and EIS), as well as a number of software capabilities such as night, portrait, and document scanning modes. Meanwhile, the ultrawide camera has a 114-degree field of view and can capture macro pictures up to 4cm away. The Phone 1 is available in two colors: white and black.
The Phone 1 features a 6.55-inch 1080p OLED display with a peak brightness of 1,200 nits on the front. It has a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, however it can dip to half that depending on what is displayed on the screen. A 16-megapixel selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor are housed in a tiny hole-punch notch at the top left.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus CPU powers the Nothing Phone 1. That may disappoint those looking for the phone to employ Qualcomm’s top Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU, but the firm claims that this less powerful chip provides a better combination of performance, battery consumption, heat output, and pricing. This is coupled with 8 or 12GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage. The phone runs Nothing OS, which is built on top of Android.
The Phone 1 is powered by a 4,500mAh battery that can be charged by cable at up to 33W or wirelessly at 15W. The dust and water resistance grade is IP53, which implies it may withstand light rain but should not be entirely submerged.
The phone’s Android-based Nothing OS software, according to Nothing, is meant to work better with third-party products. From the quick settings menu, you may operate additional devices such as a Tesla automobile, such as unlocking doors and turning on the AC. The software also bears the hallmarks of having been created during the recent NFT boom, with capabilities such as the ability to display costly photos on the phone’s home screen or track their pricing. Nothing promises three years’ worth of Android upgrades and four years’ worth of security updates (released once every two months).
The Nothing Phone 1 is one of the most intriguing new arrivals into the smartphone industry. However, rather than striving to match other more recognized companies spec for spec, Nothing is stressing unique elements, like as the Phone 1’s glowing LED strips, to differentiate itself. But, with Apple, Samsung, and huge Chinese tech firms increasingly dominating the smartphone industry, Nothing might have its work cut out for it if it wants to compete at scale.