The Nothing Phone 1

Nothing Phone 1 Company & Nothing Phone 1 Launch

Nothing Phone 1 quite prepares you to launch your first smartphone and enter the market of high-end technology. The company, which was founded by Carl Pei, who also co-founded OnePlus, has been creating a lot of buzzes ahead of its official launch on July 12.

Nothing Phone 1

The London-based tech company will launch its new smartphone at Nothing (event). However, if you can’t wait for that long and there is a fear of the phone being out of stock, you can also take your chance and place a bid on the first 100 handsets that are currently up for auction.

The makers have already showcased the smartphone at the Art Basel fair in Switzerland. The auction is currently underway and each of the 100 phones will have its serial numbers engraved on the side.

Nothing Phone 1 Review

The first phone from the startup that gave us the Nothing Ear 1 earbuds in 2021, was a big step into establishing their own ecosystem that they were building.

And it looks familiar, but also very different.

So we live in an age right now where so many of the top phones, the most popular phones, are designed to appeal to the masses. That’s the point of them.

And so they all end up kind of looking basically the same, all very similar.

Big screen up on the front, a couple of cameras on the back, a couple of pale colors, nothing too crazy, just a glass slab.

So if a startup were to come along and make another average phone, it would probably fit in pretty nicely, but there wouldn’t really be any reason to switch to it, to buy that one.

So what Nothing Phone 1 has done is they’ve made a pretty unique-looking phone that also happens to have a bunch of cool features surrounding that unique look.

I think it’s pretty sick. Now, this phone isn’t out yet, FYI. It’s coming around July 12th.

Nothing Ear 1

So the Ear 1 earbuds that came from them last year, played off of this transparency theme, not fully transparent, but definitely with some clear plastic bits that look cool and then reveal some shielding inside that’s strategically placed and painted to look sweet.

That’s kind of the look this phone also has going on too, but the way that really stands out is with these lights on the back.

Nothing Phone 1 features

So the phone has what I would basically call the ultimate notification LED. So the notification LED
on the back of a phone has been a dying breed lately.

You don’t see ’em very much, but when you do, which is rare, it’s so nice to just have like a subtle little glowing LED that just tells you what’s going on.

You can tell if you have a new phone call or a text message or a new tweet. And this is sort of an exaggerated all-out version of that.

Nothing Phone 1
Nothing Phone 1

So there are just over 900 LEDs making up a pattern across the whole back of this phone, around the dual cameras, around the wireless-charging pad in the middle, and then some stripes up into the corner, and then down by the charging port at the bottom.

And they do a great job frosting over them. So the glow really cleanly appears as just a solid continuous light bar. So they call it the Glyph Interface, and it has a bunch of real functionality.

So first of all, it does light up and pulses for your notifications.

It’ll also light up and glow when you’re wireless charging or reverse wireless charging, which is neat, but there’s also a feature,
where when you plug into USB-C to charge, it lights up that bottom bar and then acts as a progress bar indicator.

And of course, you wouldn’t want that to stay lit up all the time, so it turns off, but anytime you wanna check on it, all you gotta do is just wiggle the phone a little bit, and it lights up again so you can see how far you’ve gotten.

Nothing Phone 1
Nothing Phone 1 (Source)

That is dope.

The entire Glyph Interface can light up at once as a fill light for the cameras. These are pretty bright LEDs.

Normally, some lights on the back of a phone, I wouldn’t say make much of a difference, but for some sort of closeup
subjects or in darker rooms, this can actually make a difference versus the normal flash that’s also on the back of the phone.

Plus, there is a blinking red light on the back here, which is a recording indicator for when you’re recording videos.

And then Nothing has built an entire user interface into the settings that let you control exactly how the lights work when they turn on and what they light up for.

So the most impressive part to me for sure is, that there are 10 built-in ringtones, and you might not use ringtones that much, but these are cool.

They each have a light pattern that lights up to perfectly match the ringtone. And so then you can pair ringtones with certain contacts.

So when you see a certain light pattern, even when the phone is muted, you know who’s calling you just by looking at it, and on launch, you’ll be able to have different light patterns for notifications from different apps too.

I imagine they can add more stuff like this through software updates over time, but that is a really interesting actually new feature in a smartphone. We don’t see that very often so that’s pretty cool.

Now whether it’ll be enough to actually get people to buy the phone or whether it impresses people who would usually put a
case on their phone anyway, that will have to wait until launch to see.

But I think it looks pretty sick. Honestly, it looks like a movie prop in my hand in certain environments.

iPhone 12 Vs Nothing Phone 1

iPhone 12 Vs Nothing Phone 1
iPhone 12 Vs Nothing Phone 1(Source)

Plus, I’m sure there’s a clear case coming from Nothing. I think now that there are renders floating out there, the most common description I’ve seen of the look of this phone is like, “Oh, it just looks like an iPhone 12 with a transparent back,” which is sure.

With the dual cameras and the general shape, you could reduce it to that if you want to. But also that’s pretty cool actually.

But actually, for what it’s worth, a clear-backed iPhone 12 would look like this, which is a little bit different.

So love it or hate it, Nothing phone 1 looks kind of different.

So no matter what happens with the rest of the phone, mission accomplished there.

I guess the question we’re left with at this point is, does this work is this different enough looking to actually work?

Nothing Phone 1 price

The highest bid currently is at USD $2,767 (Approx. Rs 2,16,268).

Are they gonna wanna actually switch to this slightly different-looking phone over the safe bet?

And I guess the answer really is, that it’s a real strategy.

I think the lights are pretty cool, but we’ll have to see how it goes. So I’m gonna keep an eye on it.

Nothing Launcher (Beta)

Nothing Launcher (Beta) is a beta preview of Nothing OS. Experience Android combined with our iconic design language. Unique features include Max Icons and Max Folders, as well as bespoke Weather and Clock widgets.

Available for devices with Android 11 and higher.

More Info- Nothing Phone

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