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Nothing Phone 1 is presented in society and is not just LED lights | Digital Trends Spanish


The Nothing Phone 1 it’s easily one of the most anticipated smartphones in recent years, an explosive but serious combination of OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s presence and thus flashing lights on the back. There’s also the promise of unique software, a disruptive effect on the smartphone world, and plenty of clever marketing, too.

Consequently, there’s a lot to say about the Nothing Phone 1, but you’ll have to wait until the full review to learn about things like camera and battery performance. In the meantime, we’re going to talk about the design, the software, and of course those bright flashing lights.

Nothing Phone 1 specifications

Let’s start with what you need to know about the specifications of the Nothing Phone 1. It has Gorilla Glass on both the front and back of the phone, the chassis is made from 100% recycled aluminum, and it’s 8.3mm thick and 193 grams in weight. weight. The flexible OLED display measures 6.5 inches and has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, HDR10+ certification, 10-bit color, and a 120Hz refresh rate.

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The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ and it comes with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, along with 128GB or 256GB of storage space. On the back is a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS), and an f/1.88 aperture. There’s also a 50MP Samsung JN1 wide-angle camera with EIS and an f/2.2 aperture. Finally, on the camera side is a 16MP selfie camera in a punch-hole cutout in the display. There’s an under-display fingerprint sensor, a 4,500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0, 15W wireless charging, plus 5W reverse charging for compatible devices.

All of this is wrapped in a striking transparent design, complete with the glyph interface, which is Nothing’s name for the flashing LED lights on the back of the phone. The light show is the focal point of Nothing OS, the software installed on Phone 1. It’s based on Android 12, and Nothing promises three years of Android updates and four years of bi-monthly security updates.

Flat sides and that sheer back

At this point, I can’t tell you much about the Nothing Phone 1 due to embargo restrictions. But I’ve been using the phone for a few days now and I have an idea of ​​what it will be like to live with both it and the glyph interface. Nothing is certainly pushing the transparent design and bright lights as a reason to buy it over any other Android phone or even an iPhone. So how is everything?

The flat-sided metal body looks very sleek and is exceptionally well made. The buttons have a nice movement with a solid click. All of the phone’s guts are actually covered, leaving the wireless charging coil as the only bare component on display. That may disappoint some at first, but actually, it’s a good thing. Components are often ugly and aesthetics are not taken into account when designing the interior of a phone.

Unfortunately, the flat and angled sides mean the Nothing Phone 1 isn’t as comfortable to hold for extended periods, just like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, it’s just as clearly a copycat. There’s a hint of a chamfered edge, but it’s not enough to make the phone as comfortable to hold as the Xiaomi 12 Lite, which shares a similar design. However, the phone’s 193-gram weight is just about right, making it pocketable and never fatiguing to hold. I was sent a clear case for the Nothing Phone 1, which I have found reduces the way the phone digs into the palm of the hand.

The Nothing Phone 1 screen.
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What else? The flexible OLED display has been mounted right up against the glass, the viewing angles are wide, and the smooth bezel around the edge makes the phone look ultra-modern and really well-designed. The fingerprint sensor is blazing fast and has worked flawlessly so far.

Flashing lights, unusual sounds

Let’s talk more about glyph lights. There’s a dedicated section in the Settings menu for the glyph interface and the various options, and the program is primarily activated when the phone rings or a notification comes in. There are 10 different special ringtones and notification alerts, all of which flash lights in different patterns, vibrate the phone in different ways, and make different sounds when something happens. Otherwise, the LEDs come to life to show charging status, when Google Assistant is listening, and can be used as an alternative to flashing in the camera app.

Glyph lights active around Nothing Phone 1's camera module.
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On the plus side, Nothing has the perfect mix of lights, haptics, and sound. They’re distinctive and unique, and the way the phone lights up and vibrates means it’s not to be confused with any other phone. It definitely has its own feature, but don’t expect the Glyph to give the Nothing Phone 1 any personality. The Glyph interface is also very bright, and even at 75% brightness some of the sharpest notification alerts look like lightning on a dark room. It’s nice that you can set a Do Not Disturb schedule.

the @nothing #NothingPhone1 Glyph Interface – the lights and the sounds of this very cool new phone.
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— Andy Boxall (@AndyBoxall) July 12, 2022

Now the negative side. The Nothing Phone 1 has to be upside down to see the Glyph Interface’s flashy light show, and that’s not very convenient.

Reverse charging of the Nothing Ear 1 on the Nothing Phone 1.
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The haptics are very noticeable and well designed, and the accompanying sounds are a great mix of cute (the “Oi!” and tennis sounds), nostalgic (any of the tube sounds), and weird (the excitable Scribble and the squirrels). However, these face the same problem as lights.

Everyone will take Nothing Phone 1’s attempt to bring sound and light back to phones differently, and some may deliberately adjust their lifestyle to suit the phone. Personally, I suspect the novelty will wear off and I’ll go back to the more convenient and established form of a phone that alerts me to calls and notifications: a haptically generated buzzer and the always-on screen.

What is NothingOS like?

What about the rest of the software? There have been some negative comments about Nothing’s launcher experience and design choices, but I don’t think they’re justified, as there’s absolutely nothing obnoxious or overtly stylized about it. It’s generally neat, fast, clean, and in some places even borders on the bland.

It has the speed of a Pixel and the quirks of OxygenOS before it became a facsimile of ColorOSplus some very strange UI decisions (like a shortcut to Google Pay on the lock screen where you might expect a shortcut to the camera app to be found).

Nothing could have really ruined the phone by pushing its pixel-art font and going all out with a minimalist approach.

Price and availability

The Nothing Phone 1 will not launch in the US, but will be available in the UK, India, and Japan. Nothing says this is because it is a new brand, and entering into relationships with carriers in the US is not realistic at this stage. However, it does want to launch a phone in the US in the future.

In the UK, the Phone 1 starts at £399/$473 for the 8GB/128GB model, £449/$533 for the 8GB/256GB model, and a 12GB/256GB version will be available later this summer for £499. / $592. Nothing will sell the phone through its own online storethrough the O2 network and retail partners, including Selfridges.

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