Updated: Jul 13, 2022
Carl Pei's startup Nothing is finally launching its first smartphone and it's officially hitting the shelves on July 12. In somewhat OnePlus fashion, the phone is in fact called the Nothing Phone (1) and the company has actually released teasers that showcase how the phone is going to look like.
If you're thinking that it looks kinda like a transparent iPhone 12, then you're not alone. Everything from the shape to the buttons, to the camera placements, resembles Apple's last-gen best-selling smartphone. However, as this might also mean that the phone is going to have, a similarly premium-ish build, I personally can't take much issue with the resemblance.
As far as expectations are concerned, we already know that the Nothing Phone (1) is coming with a glass sandwich design with an Aluminum chassis, and a transparent back with carefully curated design elements underneath. There are also several areas that can light up and work as Notification indicators, but I'm guessing they'll get more uses with software updates in the future.
The technical specifications are still unknown though. However, rumors point towards the new Snapdragon 778G+ (now confirmed) being the brains of this thing. Also, we can confirm that the device is spotting a Regular (Wide) + Ultra-Wide camera setup, alongside a 4500 mAh battery with Fast Charging & Wireless Charging support.
If you are in a hurry though the company will sell the first 100 units on StockX as soon as June 21-23. Although, expect these to run out as soon as in the first few seconds. These units will, however, have a special engraving on the side, indicating it's one of the first 100.
In India, the Nothing Phone (1) will be sold through Flipkart and we're expecting the starting price to be around 30K INR. Nothing will live stream the launch event at 08:30 PM IST (GMT+5:30) and the phones are expected to go for sale shortly after that.
MKBHD just posted a first impression video of the Nothing Phone 1 showcasing the smartphone.
The video showcases the smartphone from the outside and although specifications and features weren't revealed just yet, the entirety of the design and the functionality of the LED lighting on the back was shown in brief. This gives us a much better idea of how the first smartphone from Nothing is trying to differentiate itself from the competition.