Nothing Phone 1: Design and hardware. Nothing has mastered the art of teasing, creating an attention-grabbing 30-minute online event around nothing but saying that it is, in fact, working on a phone. During this announcement, the company teased a potential back cover design, and since then, Nothing CEO Carl Pei has gone on record to confirm that the company is opting for a transparent back design, much in keeping with the Ear 1 design.
Nothing’s first smartphone, the Phone 1, is one of the year’s most anticipated products, if only because of the company’s successful viral marketing campaign for its initial product, the Ear 1. Nothing is preventing us from learning more about the Phone 1, but like with every hardware launch these days, it’s inevitable that a few more information will emerge. Here’s all we know about the Phone 1 so far, based on leaks and official messages from Nothing.
Less trustworthy sources additionally claim that the Phone 1 will be powered by a Snapdragon 778G, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The camera system could consist of a set of three, with a 50MP primary, an unspecified 8MP secondary, and third 2MP lens. A 32MP camera is supposed to take care of selfies. When it comes to battery and charging, the Nothing Phone could have a 4,500mAh battery paired with 45W fast charging. It’s clear that Nothing is aiming for a well-made mid-range phone more than a high-end flagship.
Apart from the company’s official marketing, a few substantial leaks already give us a much clearer picture of what we can expect. A leaker published a concept render of the front of the phone, and it looks quite reminiscent of Samsung’s current S22 lineup. A hole-punch selfie camera at the top middle is the only thing that breaks up the otherwise smooth look. In contrast to most other Android phones on the market, the bezels around the screen appear to be perfectly even, much like they are on iPhones. As for the hardware specifications, the display is supposed to be a 6.55-inch OLED with flat edges and a resolution of 1080 x 2400.
The Phone 1 will, naturally, run Android, but Nothing promises to bring a few different approaches to the table with its Nothing OS skin. Carl Pei claims that it will “effortlessly connect and integrate Nothing products and products from other world-leading brands” and compares his vision to how seamlessly the Apple ecosystem works. Nothing OS is also supposed to be lightweight, only comprising the best features from “pure” Android. The hardware and software should make for a seamless integration through “bespoke fonts, colors, graphical elements and sounds.” This is a lot of marketing speak to say that it will likely be a skin close to stock Android all without losing a distinct look.