Nothing presented on the phone (1): That’s what it is in

With an ear (1), the first Nothing product was quite successful. The next potential coup d’état occurs with the telephone (1). However, it is difficult to accuse a young company of lack of experience or a start-up mentality. In various funding rounds, the company has already brought a lot of gravel and amassed an excellent group – including among investors – with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei and other former OnePlus employees or friends from the tech scene. You want to use the telephone (1) to gain a foothold in the smartphone segment on the way to the ecosystem. With the launch, the cat is now completely out of the bag and we can provide you with comprehensive information on the technical details of the device.

Nobody makes a secret about the phone’s design (1) and some of the technical specs. Thanks to the Glyph, the glowing 900 LED patterns on the rear, the biggest unique selling point has already been revealed. It serves as a notification light, but has other tricks up its sleeve as well. For example, as information on the charging status of a smartphone or as a camera lamp.

The Nothing phone (1) is “wrapped” on both sides with Gorilla Glass 5, and the frame is made of aluminum. Front: 6.55 inch (approx. 17 cm) OLED panel – the edges are symmetrical. The panel uses one with an adaptive refresh rate up to 120 Hz and HDR10 +. At the top, brightness levels of 1,200 nits are achieved. The panel has a 10-bit color depth and a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels (402 ppi).

Inside is the Snapdragon 778G +, a well-known mid-range chipset manufactured with a 6nm process. With the modem in your luggage, you also support the current 5G standard. dual SIM? Included. Similarly, Wi-Fi 6. You can choose from 8 or 12 GB of RAM (LPDDR5) and 128 or 256 GB of disk space (UFS 3.1).

The software is based on the proprietary “Nothing OS”. A system based on Android 12, which is based on “pure Android” and should do without bloatware. Adjustments based on widgets and wallpapers are possible. Tricks like the NFT gallery are integrated. In the “ecosystem”, we want to focus primarily on users’ products. In the beginning, Tesla control is transferred to quick settings via an API connection. Here it is possible to unlock the doors, call up the status and activate the air conditioning. In addition, the condition of the AirPods can also be checked there – a curiosity, because with the ear (1) you have a competing product at the start.

According to Nothing, 100 percent of recycled aluminum is used, and more than 50 percent of plastics are bio-based and recyclable. If you want to set the bar so high when it comes to sustainability, I have to complain that “only” – “industry-standard” – 3 years of system upgrades are included. There are 4 years for security patches – every two months.

It is charged with Power Delivery (USB-C) of 33 watts. Incidentally, a suitable power supply is not included. After 30 minutes, the smartphone is half full again. OnePlus has set the bar higher for others. Nothing can do without proprietary charging technologies and is based on established charging standards. The wireless charging includes 15 watts (support for double Qi charging) as well as a reverse wireless charging with 5 watts for accessories such as an ear (1).

Otherwise? The vibration motor is of high quality. The device weighs approximately 193 g. Protection against water splashes is IP53 certified. Further certifications are too expensive, although the device has been internally tested for water resistance. It can be unlocked with fingerprint or face recognition.

As for the camera, a dual camera is used. The main sensor with a resolution of 50 megapixels (Sony IMX766) has an f / 1.8 aperture. Due to its compactness, the ultra-wide angle lens is based on the Samsung JN1, which is also equipped with 50 megapixels and has a field of view of 114 degrees. As for video, 4K recordings with 60 FPS and Live HDR are possible.

When it comes to prices: nothing costs 469 euros for the version with 128 GB and 8 GB RAM, for the version with 256 GB 499 euros. If you want a little more RAM you have to spend 549 euros for the variant with large memory and 12 GB of RAM. Available from Amazon, Otto and Co. With the contract, you only stick to Deutsche Telekom in this country. The official start of sales is July 21, 2022 at 8am. The variant with 12 GB of RAM will appear only in the summer (“late summer”).

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