Nothing Phone 1: Things We Know So Far Finally Revealed


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Nothing Phone 1
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Finally, about Phone 1, everything will be revealed on the launch date on Tuesday 12 July, 16:00 BST. Remember the date, folks! The launch date would surely give the public a broad window of opportunity for when and what they can expect to hear more about Phone 1. But as of this writing, it is even so vague when fans can purchase the Phone 1 directly or indirectly from Nothing.

However, fans of the Phone 1 will have an opportunity to buy early at a Stock X auction. The auction site will be selling 100 Phone 1’s on June 21. But as of this writing, there is no price tag attached to the starting bids yet. For all we know, this appears like a bit of a conjecture for Nothing and Stock X to ask customers to offer a bid for a device they know so little about and have not seen in full.

However, here is all the information we have gathered so far about Nothing Phone 1.

Primarily, The Design

Nothing has recently unveiled the design of its first smartphone - the Nothing Phone 1 - sporting a transparent back. The transparent design of the device, however, is consistent with Nothing’s previous hardware release of Nothing’s Ear 1. The Phone 1 has seen its fame on YouTube by Versus, giving us a much clearer look at it. Furthermore, the Phone 1 shows us a flat design with its antenna lines on the phone’s body thereby corroborating a metal build. As you can see Phone 1 has the power button on the right side of the body while the volume keys are located on the left. On the bottom side is the USB-C port, alongside the speaker grille and the microphone.

Moreover, the Nothing Phone’s transparent back has created a sort of a divide among fans. And although the company’s CEO, Carl Pei insisted that the Phone 1 will be something of an iPhone killer, it undoubtedly gets plenty of inspiration from Apple’s smartphone. The very distinctive elements of Nothing Phone 1’s designs are the camera island, the light strips, and the wireless charging coil. Phone 1’s dual cameras are on an upright pill-shaped island right next to a microphone and a flashlight. The three-light strip design has been teased in earlier Nothing events for the Phone 1, and it is indeed stunning to see.

At this time, there is no word on the lenses that the cameras will have.

The Software

The Phone 1 runs on NothingOS, based on the Android 12 as a foundation. The company had run a NothingOS beta preview in April, but the reception to the beta was mixed due to NothingOS feeling a bit stripped due to its intentional minimalism. The preview was intended to give fans the chance to get a feel of what the Phone 1 will be like when it eventually launches. It was noted that a lot of the typical AndroidOS experience was stripped away for a more straightforward design. But, on the other hand, there are not a whole lot of new things that Nothing is bringing to the table especially given how integral minimalism has been to the Phone 1’s marketing. There’s still time for the company to fix the less-than-ideal parts

The Specifications and more

Nothing has not formally supplied much information on the technical specifications for its first smartphone. Yet, the only certain thing about what will be going on behind the display of the Phone 1 is that Nothing is partnering with Qualcomm. It was announced in a Tweet by Qualcomm president Enrico Salvatori in March. Many hypothesized that the reveal would provide some solid information on what Qualcomm was providing to the Phone 1 in terms of the processor. Sadly, no such information was mentioned. More speculation had surfaced from fans that the Phone 1 will be fitted with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but there’s nothing concrete to substantiate this.

A leak from TechDroider suggests that the Phone 1 display specs will feature a 6.55-inch OLED display of up to 1080 x 2400p resolutions. Based on what we’ve seen so far, Phone 1 will feature a singular “hole punch” front-facing camera in the top center of the display. As to the camera specs, there is no available information on any of the cameras fitted in the device.


A large part of Phone 1’s marketing strategy should be focused on letting fans know that Nothing plans on being a competitive contender with the biggest brands in the industry. Nothing will have to be very particular about its pricing. Since the use of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 could make the Phone 1 push too far into being a luxury device precisely because of the cost of the processor it might incur.

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