Nothing has finally given us an official look at its first smartphone, the Nothing Phone 1, which is scheduled to launch next month. The design is fresh and borrows from the transparent aesthetic that the brand introduced with true wireless earphones. Nothing Ear 1 last year.
There are some similarities with the iPhone X due to the dual-lens camera array placed in a pill-shaped camera island. However, the standout elements are the illuminating light strips below the transparent rear panel. These form a distinct pattern by wrapping around the camera lens and wireless charging coil.
The branding is pretty minimal, and there’s no telling if Nothing will offer its first phone in colors other than white. Given the fact that this is a transparent design, there is always the possibility of swapping the clear glass with clear black glass and matching the paint job on the sides.
Until now, details of the Nothing Phone 1 have remained under wraps, with the only official confirmation of the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip ticking under the hood. There’s also no word on whether Nothing has gone with a wide + ultra-wide pairing for the rear camera, or whether buyers will find a telephoto zoom camera instead of the ultra-wide snapper.
There is also great inspiration for the iPhone 12 given decidedly flat sides. Not surprisingly, though, as Nothing boss Carl Pei dropped Apple as one of the inspirations behind Nothing’s intention to pursue its own ecosystem of products. So far, Nothing only has wireless earphones and the upcoming Phone 1. The company is tight-lipped about what’s next, but it won’t be a surprise to see it enter the smart home market or even the computing segment in the future.
Leaks are harder to contain nowadays and many of you have been waiting for a long time. So here it is. This is phone (1) design.
More to eat. Tune in on 12 July. https://t.co/aOqmhLylCI
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) June 15, 2022
On the software side, the Phone 1 will run Nothing OS, an Android skin that focuses on minimalism with some neat product integrations in tow.
For now, it’s unclear which segment the Nothing Phone 1 is targeting, but it won’t be easy to make an impact, especially after riding the hype train for months. The US market could use a competitive mid-range phone, but in the presence of devices like the Google Pixel 6a, Samsung’s Fan Edition phones and the iPhone SEthe road ahead will not be easy.