Nothing unveils the transparent-backed Phone (1)

Tudor Cibean

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In a nutshell: The Nothing Phone (1) features a unique design that the company hopes will help it stand out from other mid-range phones. The "Glyph interface" on its backside lights up when you receive a notification, shows the battery level while the phone is charging, and can act as a fill light for close-up shots.

Nothing, the company started by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, has just announced its first smartphone, the Phone (1). Its standout feature is the design, as it has a transparent glass back, similar to the firm's Ear (1) earbuds launched last year.

Under the glass is some unique-looking light strips that are not just for aesthetics but also serve a purpose. They can act as a sophisticated notification light (you can assign each app or contact a different combination), a battery indicator while the handset is charging, and as a fill light for photos.

The Phone (1) is decidedly a mid-ranger. It comes with a 6.55-inch 1080 x 2400 OLED panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch sampling rate. It also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC paired with up to 12 GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Powering it all is a 4500 mAh battery with 15W wireless charging and 33W wired charging support, although you'll have to buy the charging brick separately.

On the back is a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary camera with OIS and a 50-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL JN1 ultrawide, while the front snapper is a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471. Other features include an in-screen optical fingerprint reader, Wi-Fi 6E support, and IP53 dust and water-resistance rating. The handset ships with Android 12. Nothing promises three years of major OS updates and four years of security patches.

The Nothing Phone (1) will go on sale on July 21, starting at €469. It will release in over 40 markets, including China, Japan, India, and most European countries, although the company previously confirmed it wouldn't arrive in the US.

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p51d007

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Carl trying to "invent" OnePlus 2.0
NO THANKS. I'd be interested in knowing who is manufacturing this for Carl.
"oh, we have to have invites because we are a poor startup and have to poor all our profits
back into buying more stock to build more". All the while Oppo was building these. In fact,
the OnePlus One, save for a few features was a splitting image of the Oppo Find 7.
What a breakthrough! A goofy bunch of LED's on the back. Who sits their phone on the GLASS
front? Kind of hard to see those goofy notification lights if you lay it on the back.
IF his so called startup sells enough, you can bet each new model will become more expensive
until the price is at the "flagship" level, just as OnePlus did. But the difference in "flagship" is
not when you buy it, but, in a few years if you have the opportunity to trade it in. Unless it is
an Apple, Samsung etc, the trade in value is MUCH less.
Gave up on Oppo's OnePlus after the 7T...better to spend MY money on a better phone than one of these wanna be types.