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Nothing Phone (1): Leaked specs, price, launch date and more

Carl Pei’s Nothing brand is gearing up for the Phone(1)’s launch. The date’s been set at July 12, and there have been constant leaks and rumours building up to the launch date announcement.

This article goes over everything we know about the phone and what to expect from the launch event. 

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Design

The design of the Phone (1) is one of its most radical points. The company claims that the phone’s frame is made of recycled aluminium. The phone is also coming with a transparent design showing off the internals, much like Nothing’s ear (1) wireless earbuds.

The fact that the 1972 New York Subway Map by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda was the reference point for the phone’s internal design further says that the company worked hard at getting the internals to look good through the back cover, a rather important thing if you’re planning a transparent or translucent back cover.

Specifications

The Nothing Phone(1) is rumoured to have either the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. Considering the former will add a substantial price hike to the device, we expect Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 to be featured inside the phone.

Nothing has confirmed that they’ll be using a Snapdragon processor long before, so if we’re expecting flagship-level performance from the device, it’ll most likely be either of the two chips. 

As for memory and storage, we’re expecting at least 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Nothing hasn’t revealed anything on this front yet, so we’ll have to wait and see.

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Display

According to Twitter tipster TechDroider, the phone features a 6.55-inch OLED display at 1080 x 2400 resolutions. There’s no word on the refresh rate yet, but a 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rate screen is possible, considering the number of devices currently with high refresh rate screens. 

There’s no chin or notch with the front camera placed in a punch-hole cutout in the centre. The bezels also seem rather slim and even all around.

Cameras

There hasn’t been a lot of chatter around the phone’s cameras, so we’ll have to wait and see what Nothing throws at us. However, we’re expecting Phone (1) to come with a triple camera setup, a 50MP primary shooter (with OIS support), an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera is a 32MP punch-hole placed in the top centre of the display. 

Software

The Phone (1) will be running a heavily customised Android 12 out-of-the-box called Nothing OS. Nothing has already released a beta version of the launcher for Android 11 or higher on the Google Play Store for users to test out and experience what Nothing OS would be like. 

Nothing OS sure does have a radical design.

Nothing OS’ UI is definitely radical and will garner some extreme reactions from fans and critics alike. However, the whole brand hinges upon the fact that Nothing is doing things differently, which shows in the software. 

Launch date, price and everything else

The battery is rumoured to be 4500 mAh, which might be enough to squeeze out a day’s worth of battery life from that 6.55-inch OLED display. There’s no word on charging yet, but considering the charging speed on flagships these days, it will be competitive. Wireless charging will also be supported.

The phone is also expected to have 5G support, a 3.5mm headphone jack (a rarity these days), and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. 

The phone is going to launch during Nothing’s keynote on July 12. The price is expected to be around €500.

Update: Nothing Phone (1) won’t launch in USA and Canada

Nothing Phone (1) rumoured specifications

SpecificationsNothing Phone (1)
Display6.55-inch OLED
1080 x 2400 pixels
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
RAM & Storage8GB/128GB
Battery4500 mAh
Wireless charging supported
Rear Camera50MP main camera with OIS
8MP ultra-wide-angle
2MP depth camera
Front Camera32MP punch-hole selfie camera

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