The Nothing phone has been the subject of rumors for some months, but it is now confirmed. The company’s CEO, Carl Pei, unveiled the Nothing Phone (1) to the world in an understated, to-the-point presentation that was surprising for such a heralded device yet seemed natural nonetheless. So let me introduce you to the Nothing Phone. Everything you need, nothing you don’t, seems to have been the company’s guiding principle while designing its initial smartphone. And when we examine the Nothing Phone (1)’s specifications, we can easily see that this has been done throughout.
The 6.55-inch OLED display on the Nothing Phone (1) has a 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Additionally, the phone does not actually require the most recent Snapdragon CPU due to its somewhat conventional display. Because of this, Nothing chose the well-established Snapdragon 778G+ 5G chipset, which is capable but not the best. The camera department also feels quite grounded, but enough none the less. At the rear, there is a 50MP dual camera with a wide-angle OIS lens for the primary camera and an ultrawide-angle AF lens for the secondary camera. On the opposite side, under a tiny display punch hole, is a 16MP selfie camera. A 4,500mAh battery with 33W wired and 15W wireless charging capabilities is also included. There is also reverse wireless charging available. But somewhere else is where the Nothing Phone (1) excels. The splash-resistant, one-of-a-kind transparent design comes first, followed by the lightning-quick Android 12 with Nothing UI and the distinctive Glyph lighting interface on the rear. The Nothing Phone (1) stands out in any crowd because to these. We are therefore curious. This is how a firm that calls itself Nothing, but is actually producing something, came to be. Its first smartphone was always going to come, and it is interesting all by itself. It is a mid-ranger like many others, but it is also a mid-ranger unlike any other on the market thanks to its intense design attention, whether it be in the iPhone influence it received or the distinctive back design it offers with the accompanying Glyph LEDs. It is not only the rear, though; it still has the only totally symmetrical screen bezels among Android mid-range devices.
Nothing Phone (1) Specs
- Body: 159.2×75.8×8.3mm, 194g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame; Multiple LED lights on the back, Blinking red light on the back (video recording indicator); IP53 certified.
- Network: 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G.
- Display: 6.55″ OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 500nits (typ), 1200nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 402ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (6nm).
- Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS: Android 12, Nothing OS (1st Release).
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6.
- Bluetooth: 5.2v.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 50MP; Ultrawide angle: 50MP.
- Front camera: 16MP.
- Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 33W, Wireless charging 15W, Reverse wireless charging 5W, PD 3.0, QC 4.0.
- Others: Fingerprint reader (under display); NFC; stereo speakers.
The Nothing Phone (1) is a mid-range gadget with a somewhat distinctive appearance, decent performance and smoothness, good battery life, and good cameras if you dare to look past all the hype, marketing, and gimmicks. However, it could appear to you that Nothing has made a concerted effort to emphasize the phone’s aesthetic features above everything else. We could even slightly concur with that assessment, but we believe it has to do with how a business can stand out in a very saturated industry that is no longer expanding without spending tens of millions of dollars or more on marketing. Although we do not claim that this is the only approach, it is unquestionably one approach, and judging by the amount of interest in the Nothing Phone (1) that has been expressed to us since it first began to leak and even as of this writing, we have to conclude that it was successful. Even if your main reason for clicking on a Nothing Phone-related post is to express how much you despise it, you are still feeding the hype cycle, which is incredibly beneficial to Nothing. Therefore, they made a wise marketing decision here that we venture to presume was also within their means.
Nevertheless, there were disappointments for us during our time with it – the screen, certainly, but also the vibration motor might have been better, and the package contents are still a little strange to see from a firm that is not as well-known as Apple or Samsung in their bareness. As usual, your priorities will determine what you value most and what you care about least. If you enjoy hype but are unable to buy an iPhone, a hype watch, or even a pair of hype sneakers, this is the thing for you. Go for it too if you can disregard that and determine the features for the price is sufficient for you. However, there is nothing here for you if you want an iPhone, or even a premium Android phone, for half the price.