Nothing Phone (1), the 'smartphone' that came out of a hat


    Nothing Phone (1), the 'smartphone' that came out of a hat

    Not exactly from scratch, because Carl Pei's experience in the sector is extensive (he was co-founder of OnePlus), perhaps that's why the new Nothing Phone (1) >, the first mobile of the young brand created by Pei, comes as a breath of fresh air, as a new way of understanding the smartphonee and clearly responds to his idea of ​​breaking down barriers between users and technology. 

    After what has been a long wait since the first timid announcements about its appearance, it is now possible to buy the Nothing Phone (1), surprising in terms of aesthetics, endowed with of innovative practical functions and with a excellent value for money. Like everything new, it has not been without criticism, however, nothing is as interesting in the market as taking risks, trying to renew and offer a different product. Those are authentic values ​​that, without a doubt, are present in a device that attracts attention. And that mobile? Well it's called Nothing Phone (1).

    Among its outstanding values, it should be mentioned that it integrates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ processor and the features typical of what we understand by a high-end, although it is positioned in what is already known as a mid-range “Premium”(about 400/500 euros). Among its values ​​is also an OLED type screen, a battery with wireless, reverse and fast charging and, above all, an original design and a unique interface

    Screen characteristics

    The device has a 6.55-inch OLED screen with FullHD+ resolution, HDR10+, 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz fast response rate. ;ctil. It works without problems even if the purists have wanted to find buts….

    Nothing has used a flexible panel to make the edges symmetrical and reduced. It includes an integrated fingerprint reader and a hole where the 16 MP front camera is embedded.

    It allows the display of a billion colors, with rich tones and optimal contrast in all types of scenes. An adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz ensures good response while offering power efficiency.

    The panel performs well in aspects such as color rendition or angles of vision. However, its maximum brightness of just 500 nits makes it a bit lacking in some requirements. This yes.

    Despite the size of 6.55 inches, it is more compact than other phones in its category, precisely because of the chassis structure. It is not small, but it does not provide a giant size either, which makes it easier to grip. 

    Under the screen hides the fingerprint reader, which works perfectly .

    Camera system

    The rear camera equipment is off. integrated by two sensors of 50 megapixels each. On one hand we have the main Sony IMX766 sensor with f/1.8 aperture, and on the other, a Samsung JN1 sensor with a wide-angle lens that also performs macro functions. This camera is also capable of recording 4K video at 30 fps. The sensor is backed by an optical image stabilizer.

    It must be said that the 16-megapixel selfie camera does a good job too. Although the results when recording video (at 4K and 30 FPS maximum) fall slightly short. beyond From this specific issue it can be said that we are facing one of the best photographic systems in the range of 500 euros.

    The company's team of developers has wanted to emphasize that it is time to forget that having more cameras does not mean that the photos and videos are of better quality. The dual camera created for this model offers what is necessary to capture stable, realistic and detailed content. Smart features like night mode and scene detection adapt for proper settings and good results. activate the Glyph interface to illuminate foreground subjects with soft light. It's like having a portable soft ring light, without the aggressive power of flash.


    The device comes with the Snapdragon 778G+ 5G processor, accompanied by up to 12 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of internal storage and the Android 12 operating system under the NothingOS layer (which is practically pure Android).

    This type of processor is Behind the remarkable speed of the device co-engineered with Nothing to include wireless and reverse charging. It handles nice graphics and advanced camera features, accelerated by 5G. The game mode combines sound and graphics minimizing notifications for an immersive experience, if the user wishes.


    It is powered by a 4,500 battery mAh that supports 33W fast charging, 15W wireless charging and 5W wired reverse charging. With these characteristics, the user can reach 18 hours of use with each charge and would be able to last two days in stand by. Reaches 50% battery in 30 minutes of charging. Various accessories such as the Nothing Ear (1) will charge at 5W. The wireless charging coil will light up, thanks to the Glyph interface, to indicate that it is charging. charging wirelessly or inversely.

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    It has IP53 protection against splashes, the usual connectivity options and the system with 900 LEDs that illuminate the back when notifications and calls are received, or when the mobile is charging.

    Operating system and experience

    Nothing OS offers pure Android, without bloatware. A clean experience. The hardware and softwaree speak a single visual language, with custom widgets, fonts, sounds, and wallpapers.

    The ability of the Phone (1) adapts to the needs and, thanks to its softwareintelligent that learns what Apps are the user's favorites, these load super fast, while the rest slow down to save battery.

    Impressions on the design

    The Nothing Phone's design is a knockout. Surprising, especially in its rear. Nothing has opted for a resistant transparent Gorilla Glass 5 glass panel, which allows you to see the inside of the equipment. Symmetrical bezels and an aluminum frame give the device a sleek look. 

    Its 100% recycled aluminum frame makes the phone light and strong, while more than 50% of the phone's plastic components are made from recycled or bio-based materials. gica.

    The highlight of the design is the so-called “Glyph interface” which is configured as a series of LED strips that form a single drawing. In addition to being an aesthetic resource, LEDs have different uses. These are different lighting patterns, which can be associated with, for example, a ringtone or notification tone. When choosing one, the LEDs will light up to the rhythm of the ringtone or notification and vibrations, in case the device is on silent.

    These patterns are customizable for each application, and you can choose the lighting depending on the type of notification. 

    An interesting function is Switch to Glyph, which allows you to mute the device when it is placed with the screen facing down, in this case, notifications and calls are shown with light effects.


    We are facing a team with a differentiated aesthetic and an innovative product proposal. The tests carried out show that it is a well-balanced unit with excellent performance. Its value for money is very good. A unique value: it is surprising both with a camera that seems deceptively simple and with the new Glyph lighting interface

    Prices and versions

    The Nothing Phone (1) is on. available in two colors with a transparent finish (black or white) and in three configurations. The prices are as follows:

    Nothing Phone (1) 8GB/128GB: 469 euros

    Nothing Phone (1) 8GB/256GB: 499 euros< /p>

    Nothing Phone (1) 12GB/256GB: 549 euros

    Technical characteristics

    6.55-inch FullHD+ OLED screen at 2,400 x 1,080. Ratio 20:9

    Adaptable refresh rate 60/120Hz. 240Hz touch refresh

    1,200 nits brightness. Contrast of 1,000,000:1. HDR10+

    Gorilla Glass

    Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ at 2.5GHz. Adreno 642L GPU

    Cameras: Main 50 megapixel f/1.88, IMX766, 20mm, OIS and EIS, HDR. Wide/Macro: 50 megapixels f/2.2, Samsung JN1, EIS, 114º, macro 4cm

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    16 megapixel front ;xeles f/2.45, IMX471

    Battery: 4,500 mAh with 33W fast charge, 15W wireless charge and 5W reverse charge with cable

    System: Android 12 NothingOS

    Connectivity: 5G; WiFi 6; Bluetooth 5.2; Dual GPS; NFC; USB type C

    Dimensions and weight: 159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3 millimeters. 193.5 grams

    More: Fingerprint reader on the screen. IP53 resistance


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