Nothing Phone 1

Nothing Phone 1: price, release date, technical sheet, everything about the transparent smartphone

Nothing is preparing to launch its first smartphone, the Phone (1), in July 2022. The device is not only transparent, but also offers an LED system on the back. We tell you everything we know about him.

Credit: Nothing

After its remarkable arrival on the wireless headphone market with its transparent ear (1), nothing now attacks smartphones with a device that is also transparent: the phone (1).

📅 When is the Nothing Phone (1) coming out?

Nothing has announced that its first Smartphone Phone (1) will be presented at a conference on July 12, 2022 at 5 p.m. French time. This will be an opportunity for the manufacturer to reveal all the latest information about it.

It’s important to note that as with the first OnePlus the Nothing Phone (1) is marketed via an invitation system, because the manufacturer failed to produce enough smartphones to meet the excessive demand. So members of the community are meant to be the first to be able to order a copy, and Nothing will then expand the invites to other interested consumers once it has produced enough units.

💰 How much does the Nothing Phone (1) cost?

At the moment we don’t really know how much the phone (1) will cost. Most reports indicate that it would be a mid-range smartphone, so it could be marketed between 400 and 500 euros in France. As with the Ear 1s before it, this is expected is only available through the manufacturer’s official website.

Before the official launch, Nothing has already auctioned the first 100 copies of its smartphone on the online platform StockX. Each was numberedand the first had gone to an anonymous buyer at an exorbitant price of 2857 euros.

📱 What does the Nothing Phone (1) look like?

Nothing first revealed its smartphone design in a render in mid-June. This was an opportunity to discover that the smartphone was trying to stand out from the competition with a transparent design on the back. Two cameras are placed in the upper left corner, 7 antennas takes care of the connection to the network and we find a wireless charging coil in the center of the device. The edges of the smartphone are evenlike what Apple does on its iPhones.

Credit: Nothing

A few days later, the smartphone was finally exhibited at the Art Basel 2022 fair in Switzerland. The contemporary art fair was an opportunity for fans to see the smartphone for the first time, but above all to discover a real LED system on the back. These light bars are set up in different places : A C-shaped design surrounds the camera and a larger C-shaped design surrounds the wireless charging coil. There’s also a shape that looks like an exclamation point pointing down and a dash in the top-right corner.

Nothing phone 1
Photo credit: Rafael Zeier / YouTube

Finally, in a hands-on video, YouTuber MKBHD revealed in detail how the LED system works, the Nothing ” Glyph UI “. The ledges house a little more than 900 individual LEDs.

Nothing Phone 1 MKBHD
Photo credit: MKBHD

Lights sync to flash in unique patterns on every personalized ringtone offered by Nothing. You can find out who is calling, notifications or even the charge level by shaking your smartphone. After all, we know that the smartphone is only useda single speaker grille at the bottom and the 3.5 mm jack plug is missing.

Nothing Phone 1 MKBHD (2)
Photo credit: MKBHD

🔲 Which screen for the Nothing Phone (1)?

Before the launch, a leaker revealed that the smartphone will be equipped with a 6.55-inch flat screen with FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels). It would be compatible with the technology HDR10+. Nothing confirms that the panel is OLED with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

Nothing phone 1 screen
Photo credit: MKBHD

The screen offers mainly even edges without “chin”, the thick lip on the bottom of smartphones found on most of its competitors. MKBHD revealed a first look at the screen in its video while also confirming its presencea swipe in the upper left corner for the front camera.

🚀 What performance for the Nothing Phone (1)?

It is not yet officially known which processor will power its phone (1), but the manufacturer has entered into a partnership with chipmaker Qualcomm. As revealed by a benchmark on Geekbench, the Nothing Phone (1) is said to use a chip from Qualcomm. the Snapdragon 778G+, that we already find in the Honor 70 or Motorola Edge 30. The performances should therefore be solid without surpassing the fastest smartphones in this segment.

Nothing Phone 1 in the dark
Credit: Nothing

Engraved in 6nm by TSMC, the SoC succeeds the Snapdragon 778G and is ultimately just a slightly faster version of the latter. There is an 8-core CPU configuration with a main Cortex-A78 core clocked at 2.5GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and 4 Cortex-A55 spark cores clocked at 1.9GHz . The GPU part is provided by an Adreno 642L. It could be supported by DDR5 RAM memory.

The network part is supported by a Snapdragon X53 5G modem compatible with the mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. It offers theoretical download speeds of up to 3.7 Gbps. Finally, we can determine the presence of Bluetooth 5.2 or WiFi 6.

🔋 Nothing Phone battery, autonomy and charging (1)

Nothing has not yet shared information about the battery of the phone (1). Certifications have nevertheless revealed what the smartphone could offer 45W fast charge (USBPD 3.0/PPS). Since the manufacturer has not yet developed its own proprietary mine, it could be based on open standards.

Nothing phone 1 is charging
Photo credit: MKBHD

It will be possible Check the charge level by shaking the smartphone. The LED strip then shows the progress of the on-demand charging process.

Unlike most competitors in this segment, the Nothing Phone (1) has the advantage of being compatible Fast wireless charging with 15W Qi EPP and reverse wireless charging with 5W Qi BPP. The LEDs around the cordless coil will light up while charging. The maximum power has not yet been specified.

📸 The Nothing Phone camera (1)

The first pictures of the smartphone only reveal it two cameras, indicating that Nothing may have prioritized quality over quantity. We should therefore find a main wide-angle sensor and an ultra-wide-angle sensor, without another macro or depth sensor, whose usefulness is often questioned.

Nothing phone 1 red led
Photo credit: MKBHD

The Nothing Phone 1 uses a small LED on the back that glows red when the smartphone is recording a video.

🤖 Which operating system for the Nothing Phone (1)?

The Nothing Phone (1) is launched on the latest version of Google’s operating system Android 12. The smartphone will use the new one in-house overlay by the English manufacturer called Nothing OSthat includes the visual identity of the brand.

The public beta of Nothingos
Credits: Nothing

Several features specific to this operating system have already been announced, including the Glyph Interface, which allows you to customize the LED strips on the back. We also find:

  • Maximum icons and maximum folders : Enlarge the icons of your folders and your favorite applications to make them easier to find.
  • Of Weather and clock widgets which are individually calibrated for the user and which use the same dot matrix font as the Nothing logo.
  • Nothing wallpaper and style : To personalize your home screen with Nothing wallpapers and their color palette.

The Nothing OS Launcher beta version is now available for some Android smartphones in the Google Play Store. To install it just follow these steps:

  • Download Nothing Launcher (Beta) from the Google Play Store
  • Meet at your Settings > Apps > Default apps > Default home app
  • Choose Nothing launcher

For those whose Android smartphone is not compatible, you can also try the launcher by installing the APK.

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