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Nothing Phone (1) — what we know and expect so far

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Apple and Samsung will be challenged by the Nothing Phone (1).

image credits: Nothing

They are hoping to create something truly new with the Nothing Phone (1). Although a new smartphone manufacturer hasn’t entered the fray in a few years, the company that brought us the Nothing Ear (1) now claims to have something revolutionary.

Founder Carl Pei, who helped launch the OnePlus phone brand, has the credibility to do so. However, given that OnePlus has strayed far from its original mission of offering high-end specs at an affordable price, the Nothing Phone 1 may be poised to fill the void left by OnePlus’ departure.

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Everything you need to know about Pei’s business model can be found on our Nothing event live blog. What we do know about the Nothing Phone is as follows: (1).

Everything you need to know about the phone

  • Summer of 2022 is the target date for the release of the Nothing Phone (1). There will be a press conference on July 12.
  • The back panel of the Nothing (1) is transparent, revealing some of the device’s internal components, including a wireless charging coil.
  • We don’t yet know which Qualcomm chip will power the Nothing Phone (1).
  • Nothing in the world of operating systems promises to be fast, smooth, and adapt to your habits. Apps should open and close in a matter of milliseconds.
  • The Nothing Phone (1) will receive software updates and security updates for three years and four years, respectively.
  • Voice recorder’s dot matrix fonts and retro graphics don’t convey a human touch like a tape recorder-like design.
  • There is no guarantee that third-party items like AirPods and Tesla vehicles will work seamlessly with the operating system.

Nothing Phone (1): Release date and availability

As of “summer 2022,” the Nothing Phone 1 will be available. A Wired interview with CEO Carl Pei(opens in new tab) confirmed the phone’s existence and name, which were also verified at the Nothing event. That said, the reveal event will take place on July 12 at 11 AM ET/ 8 AM PT/ 4 PM BST, which is the same time as the game’s official launch on July 11.

Right now, there is no word on the cost. However, Carl Pei was instrumental in establishing OnePlus as a low-cost but high-quality brand, so perhaps we can expect a pricing that undercuts major competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S22 or the impending OnePlus 10 Pro or even the already low-cost Google Pixel 6.

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There is a significant chance that Carl Pei’s direct-to-consumer business model will continue in the future, which would mean lower prices for consumers.

Alleged pricing for the Phone 1 is expected to be around €500, according to a recent Allround PC leak. Even though we’re not convinced, it’s all we have to work with for the time being.

Nothing Phone 1: Design

Pre-announcement images of the Nothing Phone’s design have finally been released.

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It also boasts a big wireless charging coil and a transparent rear panel, as hinted at in the teaser. The phone’s other components aren’t as obvious. However, we can see a dual-camera setup on the back, as well as what appear to be flat sides with volume and power buttons on each side.

The LED lines strewn across the back are perhaps more intriguing than the transparency. They may or may not be useful, but at least they’re intriguing.

The Nothing Phone (1)’s specifications and characteristics, including its display size, are unknown. According to one rumor, the phone could have a 6.5-inch FHD display.

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While many uncertainties remain about the Nothing Phone (1), it is expected to be one of the more eye-catching handsets available this year.

Nothing Phone (1): Nothing OS

We have a better idea of how the phone’s interface will look. What we’ve seen in terms of screenshots so far includes the company’s well-established black-and-white design language and an always-on display with circular app icons.

With its “iconic design language,” Nothing OS claims to represent the finest of Android. There are reportedly 40 percent less pre-installed apps, and the overall experience is quite close to stock Android.

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Nothing claims that using the Nothing Phone (1) will be a smooth experience due to the unification of images across different screens. You can see this in the dot matrix clock that shows on the device’s always-on display.

Aside from custom fonts, colors and graphical features, nothing is also playing up its distinctive visual language with its own distinct look. Additionally, the weather widget uses the same sleek animations and animation-based dot matrix typography as the company logo.

The voice recorder app, for example, has a nostalgic and whimsical feel about it. Rewinding and fast forwarding are accomplished through the use of an analog tape wheel.

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Nothing has published a launcher for various phones so that you may get a taste of the Nothing Phone (1). We were let down by what we saw in the launcher sample, and it just serves to reinforce the notion that Nothing’s phone is a marketing gimmick masquerading as actual functionality.

You can expect three years of OS upgrades and four years of security updates in terms of updates.

Nothing Phone (1): Specs

Specs for the Nothing Phone (1) haven’t been released yet, however Qualcomm is working with the company on the device. According to this, we should expect to see a Snapdragon chip, possibly the flagship-grade Snapdragon 8 Generation 1.

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Additionally, the Nothing Phone (1) offers “quick and smooth performance” by giving the exact amount of processing power and RAM needed for the specific app that the user is using. Also, the phone should learn from your habits, as the apps you use most frequently will launch faster.

According to the screenshots above, the phone would need an OLED display in order to make this happen. A high refresh rate in accordance with more expensive Android phones’ standard of 120Hz is hoped for as well.

OLED display with a 2400 x 1080 resolution is expected to be on the Phone (1), according to TechDroider.

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Nothing Phone (1): Outlook

Over the past few years, the Android smartphone market has decreased, with LG, HTC, and other companies no longer competing. As a result, Samsung’s dominance has potentially become monotonous for those seeking something truly novel. In a highly competitive market, the Nothing Phone (1) has a lot to prove, but we’re hoping for the best.

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