At a launch event today, Nothing has finally made its much-anticipated first smartphone announcement, the Nothing Phone 1.
The major news is that the Nothing Phone 1 will start at a reasonable £399 (about 195,000), even though it won’t be widely available in many regions including Nigeria, when it goes on sale on July 21. A variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs £399, while a device with 256GB of storage costs £449 (about N245,000). Later this summer, the model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will be available for £499 (about N245,000).
Unfortunately, as was previously stated, the Nigerian market will not get a full release of the Nothing Phone 1. Nothing, however, guarantees that the Phone 1 will be made available in more than 40 markets, including the UK, Japan, India, and other countries.
Design and display
The Phone (1) stands out from other phones on the market, starting with its design. The manufacturer of this product used a transparent back cover that allows users to see the hardware’s grooves and contours.
The smartphone’s top left corner conceals a discrete camera bump that is surrounded by one of its most distinctive design elements: LED lights. Over 900 LEDs make up the Glyph interface on the Nothing Phone (1). In essence, this serves as a multifunctional notification light that is capable of more than just informing you when something has been sent to you.
When a smartphone is being wirelessly reverse charged, it can serve as a progress bar for the charging process and let you know who is contacting you when your phone is silent and facing down. It also features unique notification light patterns that coordinate with other apps. The smartphone also has flat aluminum edges that give it a premium appearance and feel.
The Phone (1)’s front display is a 6.55-inch OLED Full HD+ AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. It supports HDR10+, has 10-bit color, an average brightness of 500 nits, and a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits. The display contains an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and a punch-hole in the upper left corner for the front camera. The screen has even bezels all the way around it, giving it a premium appearance.
Nothing Phone 1: Performance
When it comes to the hardware, the phone has an Adreno 642L GPU and a Snapdragon 778G+ processor. It is pre-configured with 256GB of storage and up to 12GB of RAM. It has a 4,500mAh battery that powers the lights and supports 33W fast charging. According to the manufacturer, the Phone (1) can be fully charged in about an hour. Additionally, the gadget offers 5W reverse wireless charging and 15W wireless charging.
Software-wise, the Phone (1) has the Nothing OS, which is devoid of bloatware and somewhat similar to stock Android 12. The company is now striving to make the phone compatible with both its own (Nothing Ear 1) and other products, such as Tesla vehicles. Nothing guarantees 4 years of security updates every two months for the Phone and 3 years of Android updates (1).
Nothing Phone 1: Camera
The Nothing Phone (1) has a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 1/1.56 inch sensor size as part of its dual-camera setup on the back. Both optical and electrical image stabilization is supported on the primary sensor. A 16-megapixel Samsung JN1 ultra-wide sensor with a 114-degree field of view is included with the main camera. The smartphone has a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 front-facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
- Android v12
- In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
- Display: 6.55-inch, OLED Screen, 1080 x 2400 pixel
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass
- Refresh rate: 120 Hz Refresh Rate
- Rare camera: 50 MP + 50 MP Dual Rear Camera with OIS
- Video recording: 4K @ 30 fps UHD Video Recording
- Selfie camera: 16 MP Front Camera
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus Chipset, 2.5 GHz, Octa-Core Processor
- RAM: 8 GB RAM
- Storage: 128 GB Inbuilt Memory
- Memory Card Not Supported
- Network & Connectivity: 4G, 5G, VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.2, WiFi, NFC, USB-C v2.0
- Battery: 4500 mAh Battery, 33W Fast Charging, Reverse Charging, Wireless Charging, 15W Qi Wireless Charging