After a recent leak revealed many details about the unusual smartphone of former OnePlus founder Karl Pei, the Nothing Phone 1 has finally been officially unveiled. We have summarized all the info and tell you the prices of the different versions.
Nothing Phone 1: All info and details
Extensive tests will have to show how good the new Nothing Phone 1 smartphone ultimately is. However, the smartphone is certainly unusual and unique and offers exactly the innovations that OnePlus fans have been missing for quite some time.
The biggest feature of the phone is undoubtedly the transparent back including the Glyphe interface, which creates unique light patterns with 900 LEDs. The manufacturer describes it as a new way of communication that helps minimize screen time.
The light patterns on the back, for example, show who is calling and shine in completely different designs. They also signal app notifications, charging status, and more. A red status LED also indicates when you’re recording a video.
In addition, individual contacts can be easily paired with a ringtone – each with a unique glyph pattern. LEDs are also used on the camera and are said to provide more even illumination than a flash in difficult lighting conditions, for example.
Design of the Nothing Phone 1
The Nothing Phone 1 features a transparent back with a unique design that consists of over 400 components. The 100% recycled aluminum frame makes it lightweight and durable, while over 50% of the phone’s plastic components are made from bio-based or post-consumer recycled materials.
Visually, the device is strongly reminiscent of the iPhone 13 and relies on flat edges and a symmetrically placed display. With the 6.55-inch OLED display and HDR10+, every color tone is displayed true to life. The refresh rate adjusts adaptively between 60 Hz and 120 Hz.
It resolves at 2,400 x 1,080 pixels and offers a color depth of 10 bits. It typically gets 500 cd/m² bright, and even up to 1,200 cd/m² at maximum. The smartphone itself comes with dimensions of 159.2 mm x 75.8 mm x 8.3 mm (height x width x depth) and weighs 193.5 grams.
Processor and battery
The installed processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ chipset, is at home in the mid-range, but should deliver a convincing performance. It should also not be too plagued by overheating issues that plague the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in almost all smartphones.
It is supported by 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM, as well as 128 GB or 256 GB of fast UFS 3.1 system storage. 5G and a special gaming mode are also offered. The Game Mode precisely adapts the sound to the graphics and minimizes notifications for captivating, intensive gaming.
The battery comes to a capacity of 4,500 mAh and can be charged via cable or wirelessly. After only 30 minutes, the battery reaches a power of 50 percent. Via cable, the smartphone is charged at a maximum of 33 watts. Likewise, powering accessories like the Nothing Ear (1) can be established with the 5 W Reverse Charge.
50-megapixel dual camera
On the back, Nothing packs a 50-megapixel dual-camera setup on its first smartphone. The main camera relies on Sony’s IMX766 sensor and features an open f/1.8 aperture, dual image stabilization (optical and electronic), and 10-bit color video.
It is supported by a 50 MP ultra-wide-angle camera that also resolves with 50 megapixels. The Samsung JN1 sensor with a 114° field of view and f/2.2 is used here. A dedicated macro function is also available. The front camera has a resolution of 16 megapixels and uses Sony’s IMX471 sensor with an f/2.45 aperture.
Smart features like night mode and scene detection ensure the perfect settings for every image. With the Glyph interface brightness, close-ups can be illuminated with a soft light. This allows it to be used as a portable ring light without the harshness of a flash.
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Nothing OS without bloatware
As an operating system, the Nothing Phone 1 uses the proprietary Nothing OS, which promises a pure Android experience without bloatware. It’s based on Android 12, but refines it with custom widgets, fonts, sounds and wallpapers, all developed in-house. Nothing OS is said to include Android updates for three years, with security patches provided every two months for four years.
Third-party products can be easily controlled from the Phone 1’s quick settings, from Nothing’s own apps to those from Tesla. For example, doors can be unlocked, the air conditioning can be turned on, or the remaining kilometers can be checked.
The intelligent software learns which apps are most popular. In this way, energy power is provided where it is needed most. The most used apps are charged super fast, while the rest are frozen to save the battery.
In the sum of the specifications, it is clear that the Phone 1 is in the upper smartphone mid-range. The Google Pixel 6a, which is also to be launched soon, is beaten in all aspects, purely in terms of specifications, and at a comparable price.
Nothing Phone 1 price and availability
The exciting thing: The manufacturer charges less for these features than initially suspected. The Nothing Phone 1 price starts from 469 Euros for the model with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB system memory.
A second model with 8 GB / 256 GB starts at the same time for 499 euros, while the smartphone with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of system memory is to follow in late summer for 549.00 euros. Offered in white and black, the Phone 1 should be available starting July 21 at 08:00.
It will be offered at nothing.tech and selected providers and retailers. In Germany, you can get the smartphone from the following carriers:
- Deutsche Telekom (online and stationary)
- Sparhandy.de (online)
- DeinHandy.de (online)
- Congstar (online)
- Otto (online)
- Amazon (online)
- Mobilcom Debitel (online)
But you should probably be quite fast, because already in the run-up triggered the smartphone a huge hype and should be sold out accordingly quickly. More information about the Nothing Phone 1 can be found on the product website of the manufacturer.