Carl Pei hints at the first Snapdragon-powered Android phone from Nothing

midian182

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Something to look forward to: Another company looks set to join the Android smartphone market. Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus, has teased the first smartphone from his firm, Nothing. Qualcomm also joined in the Twitter thread, confirming that the device will be Snapdragon-powered, though that was expected given it signed a deal with Nothing last year.

Pei tweeted the words “Back on Android” yesterday, followed by another tweet singing the praises of Android 12 and tagging Android Senior Vice President at Google Hiroshi Lockheimer.

The official Android account joined in a few hours later with “We’ve got a lot to catch up on Carl [Sic],” before the Snapdragon account added its own take: an image of Predator's mid-air arm wrestle between Dutch and Dillion, but with a third arm added to show the partnership between the trio of companies.

Having left OnePlus in 2020 and founded his new venture in 2021, Nothing purchased Andy Rubin's former company, Essential, in February last year. It also signed a $50 million deal with Qualcomm in October, so a Snapdragon-powered smartphone looked like an inevitability.

The only product to come from Nothing so far has been its Nothing Ear (1) earbuds, which received mostly good, if not great, reviews from critics; they also sold over 100,000 units within two months of launch. Expect the Nothing phone to use some of the same design language as the buds, especially when it comes to transparency.

In November, Nothing Vice President and General Manager, Manu Sharma, said the company had five new products in development, adding that Qualcomm would power “many of the devices launching next year.”

Exactly when Nothing’s Android phone will launch is unclear, but we can expect to learn more sometime in the next few months.

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p51d007

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OnePlus "founder", (came from Oppo, which owned oneplus), left OnePlus, "created" another company...wanna bet after their new phone comes out, it will be built by Oppo also?
Then in a few years, folded back into the Oppo parent company?
 

Nintenboy01

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OnePlus "founder", (came from Oppo, which owned oneplus), left OnePlus, "created" another company...wanna bet after their new phone comes out, it will be built by Oppo also?
Then in a few years, folded back into the Oppo parent company?
Chinese manufacturers seem to love doing that. BBK has Oppo, Realme, Vivo and Oneplus. Xiaomi spun off Poco
 

Watzupken

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The company "Nothing", have lived up to its name of producing nothing meaningful. I feel Carl is trying to come up with a company that focuses on design, but failed to understand that design is subjective from person to person. Their only product so far, which is the wireless headphone to me is just another product in the market that is already very saturated, and it doesn't really stand out despite it being transparent.