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Nothing Phone 1: Everything we know so far (Updated: June 29)

Will the Nothing Phone 1 be everything it's hyped up to be?
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June 29, 2022
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Update: June 29, 2022 (03:00 PM ET): We’ve added confirmed and leaked information related to specs for the Nothing Phone 1. We also added some leaked colorway info. Read on for all the latest.


Original article: In late 2020, we found out Carl Pei was leaving OnePlus, the company he co-founded several years earlier. Eventually, Pei announced his new company: Nothing. The firm with the funny name quickly released a well-received set of true-wireless earbuds called Nothing Ear 1. Now, in 2022, the company is poised to launch its second hardware product: the Nothing Phone 1.

Here’s everything we know so far about the Nothing Phone 1. If you scroll down a bit, you’ll find a few things we hope to see when the phone finally lands.

When will the Nothing Phone 1 release date be?

Nothing Phone 1 Teaser
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On June 8, 2022, after months of teasing, Nothing finally confirmed a launch date. The Nothing Phone 1 will be arriving on July 12, 2022, with a so-called “Return to Instinct” event taking place at 11:00 AM ET that day.

The company didn’t reveal any other release details, but we’re guessing that an actual release to market will take place a short while after the launch event.

Don’t expect to get your hands on the phone right away, or at all, if you’re in the US. The company has confirmed that it won’t launch Phone 1 in the US. Furthermore, the device will go to Nothing’s community members and early supporters before becoming widely available. The company said that they have a limited production run to begin with, so the Phone 1 will be sold via an invite system.

What features and specs will the Nothing Phone 1 have?

Nothing has doled out plenty of details about the Phone 1’s design. However, the company is still pretty tight-lipped about its hardware specifications. Expect the company to keep the hype machine churning all the way up until the phone’s release date. Until then, though, here’s what we do know.

Design

 

From the beginning, it was assumed Nothing’s first smartphone would feature the transparent casing of the Nothing Ear 1 earbuds. On May 24, Nothing confirmed this to be true. It did so through a Wallpaper interview with Pei and lead designer Tom Howard.

Later on June 21, hands-on videos of the Nothing Phone 1 went up detailing its design. The company also showed off some promotional images of the phone, which you can see on this page. The LEDs at the back of the Phone 1 — which is known as the “Glyph” — can light up in different patterns and sync up with different sounds. They pulsate for incoming calls, messages, app alerts, reverse wireless charging, and more. There’s also a charging progress bar (pictured below) that glows at the bottom of the rear cover when the device is connected to power. The entire back can also light up at once to act as a fill light for the cameras. Nothing says it will also open the interface up for people to build more custom effects.

Also read: Nothing reminds us that smartphone design innovation isn’t dead

Nothing Phone 1 glowing live image
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Unfortunately, we’re missing any rumors about dimensions, weight, screen size, etc.

On June 29, WinFuture shared some leaked images of the Nothing Phone 1 in a black colorway. It appears Nothing could give buyers the choice between a white or black phone. The leaked images are below:

Finally, we do know that Nothing plans to have plenty of protective cases for its first phone. What’s more, these cases will show off the design of the phone rather than hide it away. We don’t know what these cases will look like, but it’s nice to know you won’t need to sacrifice your phone’s look to make sure it stays safe.

See also: The best Android phones to spend your money on

Specs and features

Nothing Launcher on Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
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On June 29, we confirmed that the Nothing Phone 1 will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus chipset. This is a mid-range chipset that won’t be as powerful as a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or even last year’s Snapdragon 888. The chipset will support wireless and reverse wireless charging, though, which is nice.

Related: All of Qualcomm’s smartphone processors explained

We also know the phone will run on an Android skin known as Nothing OS. We’ve already seen a sneak preview of Nothing OS running on a Samsung phone. The launcher is very basic at the moment, with its only novel feature being the ability to resize icons and folders on the fly. Other than that, it is a bare-bones launcher.

The phone will come skinned with Nothing OS and get three Android upgrades.

Nothing also confirmed that Nothing Phone 1 will see three Android upgrades and four years of security patches. This almost matches Google’s commitment to Pixel software support (Google offers five years of patches). It is a little behind Samsung’s commitment, though, which is four Android upgrades and five years of patches. Still, it’s good news that Nothing is making a firm commitment from the very beginning.

The device will get a dual rear camera system, but we don’t have any other confirmed details. We hope this means the phone has a main camera and either a telephoto or ultrawide shooter as the secondary camera.

Unfortunately, that’s about all we know about the phone so far. Thankfully, because of various leaks, we have rumored info that the Phone 1 could have 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. It’s also rumored to have a 120Hz display refresh rate, a 4,500mAh battery that charges with a cable at 45W, and a 16MP selfie camera. On the back, it could have a 50MP primary lens with a 16MP ultrawide. Once again, all these specs are unconfirmed.

What will the Nothing Phone 1 price be?

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There have been plenty of shaky rumors flying around about the alleged price of the Nothing Phone 1. However, we haven’t given any of them much credence since the sources are vague, weak, or completely unmentioned.

We have already written about how we hope the phone has a low price. For what it’s worth, the unsubstantiated rumors we’ve heard do point to a mid-range price.

Finally, we also know that Nothing will produce Indian variants of the Nothing Phone 1 in India. This is good news for that market as it will likely make the phone cheaper than it would be if it made the device elsewhere.


Nothing Phone 1: What we want to see

Since Pei left OnePlus, the company has changed significantly. Whether or not you think that’s a good thing (here’s what we think), it’s very clear that Pei played a big part in OnePlus’ original success. Therefore, many OnePlus fans have high hopes for Nothing and its first smartphone as they hope Pei brings the original spirit of OnePlus back.

With that in mind, here are some things we hope to see from the Nothing Phone 1.

A price-appropriate camera

OnePlus 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 6 Pro cameras steep angle
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We have no idea what Nothing is planning to charge for the Phone 1. As such, we can’t really say we’re hoping for a 100MP+ wide-angle lens and a periscope telephoto sensor since that would make the phone a $1,000+ premium device.

Instead, we’re hoping the phone’s price matches the quality of the camera hardware and the output of that camera. If the phone costs between $500 and $600, it needs to have a terrific wide-angle lens paired with a similarly good ultrawide lens, like the Google Pixel 6. If Nothing cuts down the quality of those two sensors in order to throw in macro lenses or other gimmicks, it will be very disappointing.

See also: The best camera phones you can get

Nothing also needs to deliver a solid camera app. It is very unlikely Nothing’s first smartphone will have the best camera experience of the year, but a reputation for poor camera quality still dogs OnePlus because its initial offerings were so poor. Nothing can’t repeat that mistake, so the Phone 1’s camera needs to be at least decent on launch day.

See also: Can Carl Pei make lightning strike twice with the Nothing Phone 1?

That’s everything we want to see from the Nothing Phone 1. What do you hope for most? Be sure to let us know in the comments.