After weeks of teasers, leaks, and speculations, Nothing on Tuesday officially launched its first smartphone, the Phone (1) in the mid-range category at a live event in London.
For the unversed, Nothing, the London-based consumer start-up company, was founded by the co-founder of OnePlus, Carl Pei on October 29, 2020, after he left the smartphone maker the same year. The company to date has launched only a single product called the Nothing Ear (1) for $99, which are transparent truly wireless earbuds.
“We designed Phone (1) as a product we’d be proud to share with friends and family,” said Carl Pei, CEO, and Co-founder of Nothing. “This simple principle helped us wander off the beaten path, tune into our instincts, and create an experience that hopefully marks the start of change in a stagnant industry.”
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Let’s have a look at the specifications of the Nothing Phone (1):
The Nothing Phone (1) comes with a 6.55-inch full-HD+ (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) OLED, up to adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+ support, 20:9 ratio (~402 ppi pixel density), 500 nits, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and 1,200 nits peak brightness.
The smartphone features a transparent back with a unique design composed of over 400 components. The front and back of the device come with Gorilla Glass 5 Corning protection.
On the back, there is something called Glyph Interface, which Nothing claims is a new way of communicating to help minimize screen time. It has unique light patterns made up of 900 LEDs, which indicate who’s calling and signals app notifications, charging status, and more. It allows you to pair individual contacts and other notifications to a ringtone, each with a unique Glyph pattern.
Further, the frame is made of 100% recycled aluminum, while over 50% of the phone’s plastic components are made with bio-based or post-consumer recycled materials.
Under the hood, the Nothing Phone (1) is powered by the 6nm Qualcomm SM7325-AE Snapdragon 778G+ 5G Soc.
RAM And Storage:
The smartphone is paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS3.1 of inbuilt storage
The Nothing Phone (1) gets a dual-camera setup with two advanced 50MP sensors. The first 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor comes with a wide ƒ/1.8 aperture lens, and 10-bit colour videos. The device will also feature dual OIS and EIS stabilization.
Further, the second 50MP sensor is Samsung ISOCELL JN1, which is paired with an ƒ/2.2 aperture ultra-wide angle lens and comes with a 114-degree field-of-view, and a Macro mode. It offers various features including Panorama Night Mode, Extreme Night Mode, Scene Detection, Portrait Mode, and Expert Mode.
Additionally, there is a 16 MP Sony IMX71 sensor with an f/2.45 aperture lens for selfies and video calling. The device can record up to 4K video at 30 fps or 1080p video at 30/60 fps.
On the connectivity front, the Nothing Phone (1) includes 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6 Direct, Bluetooth v5.2, NFC, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, and USB Type-C 2.0.
Battery And Charging:
The Nothing Phone (1) packs a Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable battery with support for 33W wired charging, 15W Qi wireless charging, and 5W reverse wireless charging. According to Nothing, the Phone (1) offers 18 hours of use with every charge, and two days on standby and can reach 50% power in just 30 minutes of charge.
The Nothing Phone (1) runs the latest Android 12 out of the box and is layered with a custom Android skin called Nothing OS. The device will be shipped with little to no bloatware and will have bespoke widgets, fonts, sounds, and wallpapers. The company says it will offer three years of Android OS updates and four years of security updates (once every two months).
Further, Nothing is partnering with third-party brands, starting with Tesla to allow easy controlling of third-party products from Phone (1)’s Quick Settings. You will be able to unlock doors, turn on AC, see miles left, and more on the Nothing Phone (1). The company said it will be announcing more third-party brand integrations soon.
Sensors on board include an in-display fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass, and ambient light sensor.
Other features include facial recognition, IP53 rating for splash, dust, and water resistance, dual stereo speakers, Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), and three microphones. The device measures 159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3 mm (6.27 x 2.98 x 0.33 in) and weighs 193.5 g (6.84 oz).
Price And Availability:
The Nothing Phone (1) is available in two color options: White and Black. You can select from three models: 8GB/128GB (£399 / $475 USD), 8GB/256GB (£449 / $535 USD), and the 12GB/256GB (£499 / $593 USD). Kindly note that the smartphone will not be shipped with a charger.
The sales for Nothing Phone (1) will start at 07:00 BST on July 21, 2022, across 40+ countries and regions, including the UK, Japan, India, and countries in mainland Europe at nothing.tech and select carriers and retailers.