The Nothing Phone (1) – Leaks and thoughts

Yashwanth Ram
Yashwanth Ram

Carl Pei founded OnePlus, saw where it was going, and decided to leave. Then he founded a company named “Nothing” and released a pair of earbuds. Now the company is limbering up to release its first phone, the Nothing Phone 1.

But what will the Nothing Phone 1 be like? How will it differentiate itself from the myriad other “cheaper” Android phones on the market that are readily available from brands like Realme, Vivo, Oppo, and, of course, OnePlus? As it stands, no one really knows.

The market is not the same as when Pei oversaw the launch of the OnePlus. Back then, people were mad about custom ROMs, and there was a real void in the market for high-specification, cheap Android phones. That void has now been filled; it is now the most competitive segment of the entire industry.

With this in mind, it is difficult to see how a brand new phone from a new brand could hope to succeed. Let’s be frank here, as well. Google – a company with more expendable cash than most countries – has been toiling for half a decade to get its Pixel phones off the ground. And that’s Google.

Still, Pei has done it before, so perhaps he can work his magic twice. Lightning doesn’t often strike twice, especially in the tech world. But Pei must have a specific vision of how the Nothing Phone 1 will fit into the macro market. It cannot be just another flagship Android phone – we already have too many of them.

Nothing Phone (1) Specs

Perhaps the most crucial aspect of the Nothing Phone 1 is the question of what kind of specs it will feature. From the leaks from trusted sources, it is expected to launch with Snapdragon 778G+ chip under the hood with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 3.1 Storage. It will run its own, new operating system – Nothing OS which is based on Android.

From other internal sources, this phone might come up with a 120 Hz 6.55″ E4 OLED display. This might also have a 50MP Primary Camera and a 16MP Secondary Camera. Cameras have OIS support and they could shoot videos in 4K @ 60FPS.

This phone will support 5G. This phone will be launching with 8GB RAM and 128 GB Storage as the base variant and will support up to 12GB RAM and 256GB Storage.

Surprisingly this phone supports reverse charging, wireless charging and even more surprisingly it supports reverse wireless charging. This phone is tipped to have a 4500 mAh Battery.

Nothing Phone 1 Design

One interesting turn of events relates to the Nothing Phone 1’s design. According to early leaks, the company will use the same see-through design it used on its Nothing headphones on the phone as well. If true, this would mean the Nothing Phone 1 would have a clear chassis, allowing you to see all of its internal components.

Pricing

This phone is set to launch on July 12.

8+128GB: €469 (₹ 38,800)
8+256GB: €499 (₹ 41,300)
12+256GB: €549 (₹ 45,400)

These are the leaked pricing on the Amazon EU site. Price in India will be considerably lower as manufacturing is done here.

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