Nothing is preparing to present its first smartphone, the Nothing Phone 1, in July 2022. The device is not only transparent, but has the special feature that it offers an LED system on the back. We’ll tell you everything we know about him.
After its remarkable arrival on the wireless headset market with its transparent Ear (1), Nothing now attacks smartphones with a device that is also transparent: the Phone 1
When will Nothing Phone 1 will be released?
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 is an opportunity for the manufacturer to reveal the latest information about it. It’s important to note that, like the first OnePlus, the Nothing Phone 1 is marketed via an invitation system, because the manufacturer has failed to produce enough smartphones to meet too much demand.
So community members should be the first to order a copy, and Nothing will then extend the invites to other interested consumers once it has produced enough units. No in-store release is planned for now. Nothing would negotiate a partnership with an Indian retailer to offer a few copies in the country, but no such information for Europe has reached us. In addition, know that Nothing launched an NFT campaign on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. These non-fungible tokens are reserved for investors and new buyers of the smartphone. At this time, the purpose of this operation remains unclear and it is unknown what these NFTs will be used for by users.
What is the price of the Nothing Phone 1?
For now, we don’t really know how much phone 1 will cost. Most reports indicated that it is a mid-range smartphone and therefore could hit the market in France between 400 and 500 euros. Amazon Germany has finally revealed that the smartphone will be available in three different configurations. The starting price is set at 469.99 euros for the version with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage† In addition, it costs 499 euros for the version with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, and 549 euros for 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. Amazon also confirms that the smartphone will be available in two colors from launch: white and black.
- 8 + 128GB: €469.99
- 8 + 256GB: €499.99
- 12 + 256GB: €549.99
Before the official launch, Nothing auctioned the first 100 units of its smartphone on the online platform StockX. Each was numbered and the first was for an exorbitant price of 2857 euros to an anonymous buyer.
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 tried to differentiate itself from the competition by adopting a transparent design on the back. Two cameras are placed in the upper left corner, 7 antennas connects to the network and we find a wireless charging coil in the center of the device The edges of the smartphone are: right, like what Apple does on its iPhones. 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 strips are: placed in different places : A C-shaped design surrounds the camera and a larger C-shaped design surrounds the coil for wireless charging. There is also a shape that looks like an exclamation point down and a dash in the top right corner. Credit: Rafael Zeier / YouTubeIn a hands-on video, YouTuber MKBHD finally revealed in detail how the LED system works, which doesn’t call anything “Glyph Interface”. The comics house a little more than 900 individual LEDs.
Lights are synced to flash in unique patterns on any personalized ringtone offered by Nothing. This allows you to know who is calling, notifications or even the status of the charge by shaking the smartphone. Finally, we know that the smartphone only usesa single speaker grille at the bottom, and the 3.5 mm jack is missing.
The screen of the Nothing Phone 1?
Ahead of the launch, a leaker revealed that the smartphone would be equipped with a 6.55-inch flat screen with FHD+ definition (1080 x 2400 pixels). It would be compatible with the technology HDR10+ Nothing confirmed that the panel is OLED with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The screen mainly offers uniform edges without “chin”, the thick bezel on the bottom of smartphones found on most of its competitors.
MKBHD revealed in its video a first glimpse of the screen and at the same time confirmed the presence ofa punch in the top left corner for the front camera. Like the Ear (1) before it, the smartphone will also be offered in a black color, but it is currently unknown whether it will be available from launch.
What are the achievements of the Nothing Phone 1?
Nothing has been officially revealed yet which processor will power its Phone 1, but the manufacturer has entered into a partnership with chip maker Qualcomm. As shown by a benchmark on Geekbench, the Nothing Phone 1 uses a chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 778G+, which can already be found in the Honor 70 or the Motorola Edge 30. The performance should therefore be solid, without however surpassing it. the fastest smartphones in this segment.
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 at 2.2GHz, and 4 frugal Cortex-A55 cores at 1.9GHz. The GPU part is provided by an Adreno 642L. It can be supported by DDR5 RAM. The network portion is supported by a Snapdragon X53 5G modem that is compatible with the mmWave and sub-6 GHz bands. It offers theoretical download speeds of up to 3.7 Gbps. Finally, we can determine the presence of Bluetooth 5.2 or Wi-Fi 6†
Nothing Phone battery, autonomy, and charging 1
Nothing hasn’t shared any information about the phone’s battery 1 yet. Certifications have nevertheless shown that the smartphone could offer 45W fast charge (USBPD 3.0/PPS). Since the manufacturer has not yet developed its own filling, it may be based on open standards. It will be possible to check the charge level by shaking the smartphone The LED strip will then indicate the progress of the on-demand charging. Unlike most of its competitors in this segment, the Nothing Phone (1) has the advantage of being compatible with: 15W Qi EPP fast wireless charging, and provides 5W Qi BPP reverse wireless charging. The LEDs around the wireless coil light up while charging. The maximum power has not yet been specified.
The Nothing Phone camera 1
The first images of the smartphone reveal only 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 any other macro or depth sensor whose usefulness is often questioned.
According to recent leaks, the main sensor would be 50 megapixels, while the ultra-wide angle would be 16 megapixels. Using the Nothing Phone 1 a small LED on the back that lights up red when the smartphone is recording a video† On the front, we should also find a 16 megapixel selfie sensor.
Which operating system for the Nothing Phone 1?
The Nothing Phone 1 launches on the latest version of Google’s operating system, Android 12 The smartphone uses the new in-house overlay from the English manufacturer, called Nothing OS, incorporating the brand’s visual identity. Several features specific to this OS have already been announced, including the Glyph interface, which allows you to customize the LED strips on the back. We also find:
- Max Icons and Max Folders : to enlarge the icons of your folders and your favorite applications to make them easier to find.
- Of the weather and clock widgets custom calibrated for the user and using the same dot-matrix font as the Nothing logo.
- Nothing backgrounds and style : To personalize your home screen with Nothing wallpapers and its color palette.
The beta version of the Nothing OS launcher is now available on some Android smartphones on the Google Play Store. Follow these steps to install it:
- Download the Nothing Launcher (beta) from the Google Play Store
- Meet in you Settings > Apps > Default apps > Default home app
- Select Nothing Launcher
For those whose Android smartphone is not compatible, it is also possible to try the launcher by installing the APK.
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