Nothing Phone 1 launched with 50-megapixel LEDs and dual cameras

Nothing Phone 1

After weeks of teasers, leaks and speculation, Nothing officially launched its first smartphone, the Phone (1) in the mid-range category at a live event in London on Tuesday.

For the inexperienced, Nothing, the London-based consumer startup company, was founded on October 29, 2020 by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei after he left the smartphone maker the same year. The company has only launched a single product so far, the Nothing Ear (1), for $99, these are transparent, true wireless earbuds.

“We designed Phone (1) as a product we would love to share with friends and family,” said Carl Pei, CEO and co-founder of Nothing. “This simple principle helped us get off the beaten track, tune in to our instincts and create an experience that hopefully marks the beginning of change in a stagnant industry.”

Let’s take a look at the specifications of the Nothing Phone (1):


The Nothing Phone (1) ships with a 6.55-inch full-HD+ (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) OLED, up to adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+ support, 20:9 ratio (~402 ppi pixel density), 500 nits, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 1200 nits peak brightness.


The smartphone has a transparent back with a unique design consisting of more than 400 components. The front and back of the device come with Gorilla Glass 5 Corning protection.

On the back, there’s something called Glyph Interface, which nothing claims is a new way of communicating to minimize screen time. It has unique light patterns consisting of 900 LEDs, which indicate who is calling and signals app notifications, charging status and more. It allows you to associate individual contacts and other notifications with a ringtone, each with a unique Glyph pattern.

Furthermore, the frame is made from 100% recycled aluminum, while more than 50% of the phone’s plastic components are made from biobased or post-consumer recycled materials.


Under the hood, the Nothing Phone (1) is powered by the 6nm Qualcomm SM7325-AE Snapdragon 778G+ 5G Soc.

RAM and storage

The smartphone is paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS3.1 built-in storage


The Nothing Phone (1) gets a dual-camera setup with two advanced 50MP sensors. The first 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor comes with a wide ƒ/1.8 aperture lens and 10-bit color videos. The device also has dual OIS and EIS stabilization.

Furthermore, the second 50 MP sensor is Samsung ISOCELL JN1, which is paired with an ultra-wide angle / 2.2 lens and comes with a field of view of 114 degrees and a macro mode. It offers various features including Panorama Night Mode, Extreme Night Mode, Scene Detection, Portrait Mode and Expert Mode.

In addition, there is a 16MP Sony IMX71 sensor with an f/2.45 aperture lens for selfies and video calling. The device can record up to 4K video at 30 fps or 1080p video at 30/60 fps.


In terms of connectivity, Nothing Phone (1) includes 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6 Direct, Bluetooth v5.2, NFC, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS and USB Type – C 2.0.

Battery and Charging

The Nothing Phone (1) has a Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable battery with support for 33 W wired charging, 15 W Qi wireless charging and 5 W reverse wireless charging. According to Nothing, the phone (1) offers 18 hours of use on each charge and two days of standby and can reach 50% power in just 30 minutes of charging.

Operating system

The Nothing Phone (1) runs the latest Android 12 out of the box and is layered with a custom Android skin called Nothing OS. The device comes with little to no bloatware and has custom widgets, fonts, sounds and wallpapers. The company says it will offer three years of Android OS updates and four years of security updates (once every two months).

Furthermore, Nothing partners with third-party brands, starting with Tesla, to enable convenient control of third-party products through the Phone Quick Settings (1). You can unlock doors, turn on AC, see remaining mileage and more on the Nothing Phone (1). The company said it will be announcing more third-party brand integrations soon.


Onboard sensors include an in-display fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass and ambient light sensor.

Other possibilities

Other features include facial recognition, IP53 rating for splash, dust and water resistance, dual stereo speakers, Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual standby) and three microphones. The device measures 159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3 mm (6.27 x 2.98 x 0.33 in) and weighs 193.5 g (6.84 oz).

Price and availability

The Nothing Phone (1) is available in two colors: white and black. You can choose from three models: 8GB/128GB (£399/$475 USD), 8GB/256GB (£449/$535 USD) and the 12GB/256GB (£499/$593 USD). Please note that the smartphone does not come with a charger.

Sales for Nothing Phone (1) begin at 7:00 a.m. BST on July 21, 2022, in over 40 countries and regions, including the UK, Japan, India and continental Europe at and select carriers and retailer .

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