Launched with three years of Android OS updates, a 120Hz OLED, and a 399 pricing, the Nothing Phone 1

Carl Peis Nothing has released its first smartphone, the Android-powered Nothing Phone, some time after its launch (1).

Given its more inexpensive starting point, the first handset from the London-based company has a respectably strong specs list. However, the design of this 6.55-inch Android is what draws the most attention because it retains the translucent design cues from last year’s earphones.

Although the Nothing Phone (1) has dual glass panels and manages to have an IP53 water and dust resistance classification, it does, from a distance, resemble the iPhone 12/13 series. Which has a distinctive translucent appearance and Glyph lighting bars on the back. A certain amount of customisation is also available, and the LED strips are coupled with the software and respond to notifications and status changes on your device, such as a charge meter.

The front of the Nothing Phone (1) has a 120Hz OLED screen with a 2,400 x 1080-pixel resolution in 10-bit and a 402 ppi pixel density. It offers a relatively low 1,200 nit peak brightness and 500 nit maximum brightness for better outdoor use. The Nothing Phone (1) display has uniform bezels on all sides and an in-display optical fingerprint scanner. It is also possible to use software-based Face Unlock, which functions even when a face covering like a surgical mask is used.

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This is fundamentally a mid-ranger under the hood. To accommodate wireless charging, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G in the Nothing Phone (1) has been slightly modified. This is coupled with 128GB or 256GB of non-expandable UFS 3.1 storage and 8GB or 12GB of RAM.

A 50-megapixel Sony IMX 766 primary sensor and a 50-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL JN1 ultra-wide with 114-degree FOV make up the Nothing Phone (1)’s back camera configuration. While EIS (electronic image stabilization) is available on both sensors, OIS (optical image stabilization) is only available on the primary sensor. The Glyph lighting can be used as a fill light instead of the LED flash when using the back cameras. The Sony IMX 471 sensor, rated at 16 megapixels, serves as the selfie camera.

There are several software modes for cameras, including Portrait, Night, Panorama, Night Video, and Expert modes. Nothing indicates that the 10-bit display was used to calibrate the dual-camera system to make photographs look as close as possible to what is visible in the viewfinder. On the dual rear arrangement, video recording capabilities are limited to 4K 30fps, while the selfie camera can shoot up to 1080p at 30fps. The maximum resolution and frame rate for the Night Video option are 1080p and 30fps.

Utilizing a battery with a capacity of 4,500mAh, which allows 33W PD3.0 wired fast charging but only works with Quick Charge 4.0 chargers. A 15W Qi wireless charger is offered. The maximum power for reverse wireless charging of earbuds and other accessories is 5W. It’s important to note that the Nothing Phone (1) does not include a charger in the box, but a USB-C to USB-C cable is included.

The Nothing Phone 1 comes pre-installed with Android 12 and Nothing OS. This slim launcher makes a few modest changes to the Android operating system that is frequently linked with Google’s Pixel smartphone series. Nothing has offered its first gadget four years of bimonthly security upgrades and three years of Android OS updates.

The Nothing Phone (1) will be on sale in the open market starting on July 21 for the following prices: 399/469 for the 8/128GB model, 449/499 for the 8/256GB model, and 499/549 for the 12/256GB model.

Nothing is funded by GV (formerly Google Ventures) and has collaborations with Qualcomm that resulted in a special Snapdragon 778G for the Phone (1).
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