London-based consumer tech company, Nothing at an event on Wednesday announced its plans of unveiling its first smartphone, the phone (1), which will arrive this Summer 2022.
For those who are unfamiliar with Nothing, this company was launched by the co-founder of OnePlus, Carl Pei on October 29, 2020, after he left the smartphone maker in 2020. The company to date has launched only a single product called the Nothing ear (1) for $99, which are true wireless headphones.
You’ve speculated, and now you know.
Nothing phone (1) is officially coming.
It’s unlike anything else.
— Nothing (@nothing) March 23, 2022
Coming to Nothing phone (1), the smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor and use an Android-based operating system called Nothing OS.
Talking about Nothing OS at the event, Pei said that the OS is built on an open and seamless ecosystem that will effortlessly connect and integrate Nothing products and products from other world-leading brands.
“Nothing OS captures the best features of pure Android, distilling the operating system to just the essentials, where every byte has a purpose. It is designed to deliver a fast, smooth and personal experience. A coherent interface, the hardware seamlessly integrates with software through bespoke fonts, colours, graphical elements and sounds,” Pei added.
The first preview of Nothing OS will be available via its launcher from April and will be available for download on select smartphone models.
The company also announced its intentions to develop an ecosystem of seamlessly connected products and services to rival Apple.
“We’re building the most compelling alternative to Apple. If you want products that connect and work seamlessly together, the only choice is Apple. The MacBook, the iPhone, the AirPods, they work together the way you want. But as soon as you leave that ecosystem for a Windows PC or an Android phone, it breaks down,” Pei said during the event.
While the full specifications of Nothing Phone (1) are still unknown, more details about the smartphone are expected to be announced in the coming months.