Nothing hit the scene in late 2020, a mysterious start-up headed by former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei. He garnered attention with the first product, the Nothing Ear 1 earbuds, which we found in our review offered both unique design and “phenomenal sound.” Now, the company is gearing up to launch its first smartphone, hoping it will be received with the same positivity.
The audience of Android Central is in favour of it. We might receive an affiliate commission if you make a purchase using links on our website. Why should you believe us? Read on. Best response: The Nothing (1) phone is not waterproof as of the time of writing. But since certain information about the mystery, upcoming product is still classified, it’s feasible that a waterproof casing will be revealed before the scheduled introduction on July 12.
Here’s everything we know so far about the Nothing phone (1). It’s based on Android 12 and with a custom-tuned version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ chipset, the phone has some neat features, like LED light strips, reverse charging, and even a cool voice recording logo shaped like an analog tape recorder. Made from a recycled aluminum frame, it will come equipped with dual rear cameras and is rumored to have a 6.55-inch, 1080 x2400 OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate. Other speculation suggests it will come with 8 or 12GB RAM and 128 or 256GB storage. But there’s no mention at all about waterproof housing or even water resistance.
The phone will only be available in select countries, including the home markets of the U.K. and Europe, with no current plans to be sold in North America. What’s more, it’s only for sale via invites as well as a public waitlist, which is open through July 11. The strategy seems to be working as hype around the Nothing phone (1) is at a high.
Until then, if you’re in North America and looking to upgrade, check out the best Android phones you can buy until Nothing decides to bring something exciting to North America. The Nothing phone (1) is a mysterious device with all its features and specs not yet fully confirmed. Nonetheless, it’s only available in select countries and to select invite-only individuals at launch, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer if you want to get your hands on a phone from the start-up.
As you can see, a lot of details are up in the air until people actually get their hands on the Nothing phone (1) come July 12 and after. With that said, the phone won’t be available for purchase for the general public anyway. Nonetheless, the phone has people buzzing with its retro look and interesting concepts. There’s also chatter that it will fall on the more affordable end of the pricing scale. If Nothing gets some traction with the Nothing phone (1) in other countries, it may very well launch a version for the U.S. and Canada in due time. Stay tuned.
Christine Persaud is a freelance writer for Android Central who has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a “thing.” When she isn’t writing, she’s probably working on her latest fitness program, binging a new (or old) TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets, or spending time with her school-aged son. A self-professed TV nerd, lover of red wine, and passionate home cook, she’s immersed in tech in every facet of her life. Follow her at @christineTechCA.