The London based company have certainly set out to make a flash with their first phone. The Nothing Phone (1) delivers fast performance, a unique design and incredible dual 50 MP cameras. Coupled with the competitive £399 price upfront, the Nothing Phone (1) has been a tremendous hit with initial reviews.
The rear lighting is nothing like we've ever seen before, and is powered by Nothing's own Glyph Interface technology.
The Nothing Phone (1) has a large 6.5 inch OLED display, with narrow but perfectly symmetrical bezels around an aluminium frame. At the top left of the display, there’s a discrete round cutout for the selfie camera.
The OLED display can deliver an astounding 1 billion colours, and is capable of showing HDR10+ content for vivid colours and deep blacks.
With a power efficient 120Hz refresh rate, videos and games look incredibly smooth, while being able to adjust to lower rates when appropriate in order to preserve battery life.
Inside the Nothing Phone (1), there’s a moderate Snapdragon 778G+ CPU, which runs at a slightly overclocked speed. Although not the fastest chip on the market, performance is still incredibly fast thanks to Nothing’s philosophy on strict stock Android, without the pre-installed bloatware that is common with other Android phones.
The latest Geekbench results show a 797 single core score and a 2,803 multi-core score. The results show the Nothing Phone (1) is a very fast phone, and is capable of handling even the most graphic intensive games.
8GB and 12GB memory variants are available, both featuring 5G technology.
One of the main selling points touted by Nothing is the dual 50 MP cameras, which are advertised as taking best in class shots. Initial reviews seem to back up this claim.
The large sensors feature a wide camera with f/1.8 aperture, coupled with an ultrawide camera with f/2.2 aperture for 114 degrees field of view.
Nothing’s proprietary software can deliver studio lightning performance without the necessary hardware. Furthermore, in-build image stabilisation technology with 4K 60fps video can record professional film-like shots.
One of the more unique features about the Nothing Phone (1) is the grand lighting design on the back of the phone. This can double up as a ring light for taking great shots in low light. Furthermore, Nothing have a dedicated Night Mode, which can enhance dim shots while still retaining detail and deep contrast.
On the front of the phone, there’s a standard 16 MPf/2.5 wide camera.
Unlike other Android manufacturers, Nothing will stick to pure stock Android, for a seamless, fast and bloatware-less experience that is very popular with enthusiasts.
The phone will initially ship with Android 12. Nothing have promised 3 years of major updates, which is very generous.
It’s impossible to talk about the Nothing Phone (1) without mentioning the unique and exciting design. Although from the front and sides it looks nearly identical to the iPhone 13, the rear tells an entirely different story.
The back of the phone features a transparent panel, which is covered in an array of white LEDs. These LEDs are controlled by software and hardware which Nothing calls the Glyph Interface. The LEDs can react to notifications to produce elaborate patterns, which can be customised through the in-built app.
Nothing promises this is more than just a gimmick, with endless possibilities to enhance your usage compared to traditional phones.
With average usage, the 4500 mAh battery can deliver an impressive 18 hours on a single charge. Furthermore, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes, and 100% in 70 minutes.
There’s also 15W fast wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging.
With a USB-C port, the Nothing Phone (1) supports Power Delivery 3.0 and Quick Charge 4.0 technology.
The Nothing Phone (1) is available in 2 colours, both with translucent rear panels:
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