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Nothing Phone 1 announced: An interesting mid-ranger at a decent price
- The Nothing Phone 1 was officially launched today.
- The full specs sheet shows a semi-premium mid-ranger with an interesting design.
- It starts at £399 (~$475) for the 8/128GB variant. It will not come to the United States.
After weeks of hype, we finally have seen the launch of the Nothing Phone 1. CEO and OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced the device today during a livestream.
Building up to this launch, Nothing announced plenty of details related to the phone. Going into the livestream, we already knew what the phone looked like, a majority of its specs, and even some availability details. However, we now know pretty much everything there is to know about the device.
Read our review: Nothing Phone 1 review
Nothing Phone 1: Official specs
As mentioned, we already knew some integral specs for the phone, including its Snapdragon 778G Plus processor. Now, though, we have a full specs sheet that gives away all the necessary details. Check it out below.
|Nothing Phone 1|
2,400 x 1,080 resolution
500 nits brightness / 1,200 nits peak
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (60Hz lowest)
240Hz touch sampling
Gorilla Glass 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus
8 or 12GB
128 or 256GB
No microSD card support
33W PD3.0 wired charging
15W Qi wireless charging
5W reverse wireless charging
No charger in box
- 50MP Sony IMX766 wide-angle (ƒ/1.88, 1/1.56-inch sensor, 1μm pixel, 24mm focal, OIS, EIS)
- 50MP Samsung JN1 ultrawide (ƒ/2.2, 1/2.76-inch sensor, 114-degree FoV, EIS)
- 16MP Sony IMX471 wide-angle (ƒ/2.45, 1/3.1-inch sensor)
4K at 30fps
1080p at 30 or 60fps
Live HDR at 30fps
Slo-mo at 120fps (main lens only)
Night Mode at 720p/1080p (30fps)
OIS on main rear lens only
EIS on both rear lenses
No 3.5mm headphone jack
In-display fingerprint reader
Gorilla Glass 5 front/back
Gigabit LTE with 4x4 MIMO
Gigabit 5G dual Mode (NSA & SA) with 4x4 MIMO
5G NR*: Bands n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n77,
4G LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38,
39, 40, 41,66
3G UMTS (WCDMA): bands 1,2,4,5,6,8,19
2G GSM : 850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 4/5/6 and 802.11 a/b/g/
NFC enabled with Google Pay support
GPS with A-GPS. Up to dual-band: GLONASS (1), BDS (2),
GALILEO (1), QZSS (1)
Three years of upgrades
Four years of patches
Dimensions & weight
159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3mm
In the box
Nothing Phone 1
Pre-applied screen protector
SIM tray ejector
The specs paint a clear picture that the Nothing Phone 1 is not a premium flagship. However, it certainly has some perks you won’t find on mid-rangers at this price range, including, most notably, wireless charging.
However, the processor and cameras give away that this phone is definitively a mid-ranger. Time will tell if the price and unique design elements of the Nothing Phone 1 will make it alluring enough for premium shoppers.
Design and ‘The Glyph’
There are two very interesting things related to the way the Nothing Phone 1 looks. The first is the general design of the device, which includes a see-through glass back. Under the rear glass, you can see the real working innards of the phone.
This transparent aesthetic matches the only other Nothing product launched so far: the Nothing Ear 1. These true wireless earbuds also have a see-through design and come in the same colors as the Nothing Phone 1.
The interesting design elements of the Nothing Phone 1 set it apart from the competition.
The other interesting aspect of the phone is known as “The Glyph.” This is a set of LED lights that create an interesting design on the back of the phone. Users can program these lights to perform a variety of functions. For example, the lights can pulse to notify you when you have a new message. They can also flash when you receive phone calls. There’s even a nifty charging animation when you plug the phone in and you can use The Glyph fully illuminated as a key light when using the rear camera.
Overall, The Glyph and the phone’s unique style are two huge selling points for this phone. If you don’t care about these aspects, this probably isn’t the phone for you. Nothing is taking a bit of a gamble that buyers don’t just care about raw specs and will happily shell out for a phone that looks and functions differently from others.
Price and availability
The Nothing Phone 1 comes in three variants:
- 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage — £399 / €469
- 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage — £449 / €499
- 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage — £499 / €549
The entry-tier model will cost you £399 (~$475). Meanwhile, the 8/256GB model will cost you £449 (~$535) and the 12/256GB model will set you back £499 (~$594). Do note that the 12/256GB model is not available right now but will be later this summer. Those prices are for either the black or white models.
Open sales for the Phone 1 begin on July 21, 2022, at 7:00 AM BST (2:00 AM ET). Nothing’s website will be the main destination, but select carriers and retailers around the world will also sell the phone. In the UK, Nothing will have a retail kiosk set up in Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, from July 16 to July 20.
Unfortunately, the Nothing Phone 1 is not coming to the United States. It will be available in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, India, and 40 other countries. It is possible Nothing could bring the phone to the US at some point in the future, but it’s more likely US residents would need to wait for the Nothing Phone 2.
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