Not exactly from scratch, because the experience of carl pei in the sector is extensive (he was co-founder of OnePlus), perhaps for that reason 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 smartphoneey clearly responds to his idea of breaking barriers between users and technology.
After what has been a long wait since the first timid announcements about its appearance, you can buy now the Nothing Phone (1), surprising in terms of aesthetics, equipped with innovative practical functions and with a very outstanding value for money. Like everything new, criticism has not been lacking, 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 characteristics of what we understand by a high range, 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 single interface.
The device has a 6.55-inch OLED screen with FullHD + resolution, HDR10 +, 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch response. It works without problems although the purists have wanted to find out 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 120Hz refresh rate ensures responsiveness while offering power efficiency.
The panel performs well in aspects such as color rendition or viewing angles. However, its maximum brightness of only 500 nits is 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 easy to grip.
Under the screen the fingerprint reader is hidden, which works with absolute correctness.
The rear photographic equipment is made up of two 50-megapixel sensors 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 this specific question, it can be said that we are facing one of the best photographic systems in the range of 500 euros.
The company’s developer team has wanted to emphasize that it’s 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 results.
A curious fact is that the user can activate the glyph interface to illuminate subjects in the foreground with soft light. It’s like having a portable soft ring light, without the aggressive power of the 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 designed in conjunction with Nothing to include wireless and reverse charging. Manage good 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 mAh battery that supports 33W fast charge, 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 wireless or reverse charging is taking place.
It has the protection IP53 against splashesthe usual connectivity options and the system with 900 LEDs that illuminate the back when notifications and calls are received, or when the mobile is charged.
Operating system and experience
Nothing OS offers pure Android, without bloatware. A clean experience. The hardware and softwaree speak a single visual language, with widgetsfonts, sounds and custom wallpapers.
The capacity of the Phone (1) adapts to the needs and, thanks to its software intelligent that learns which apps are the user’s favorites, these load super fast, while the rest slow down to save battery.
Impressions about the design
The design of the Nothing Phone is a hit. 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.
The highlight of the design is the called “Interface Glyph” 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, for example, with a ringtone or notification. 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 Change to Glyphwhich allows the device to be silenced 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 team with optimal 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 lighting interface of Glyph
Prices and versions
The Nothing Phone (1) is available in two colors with a transparent finish (black or white) and in three configurations. Prices are as follows:
Nothing Phone (1) 8GB/128GB: €469
Nothing Phone (1) 8GB/256GB: 499 euros
Nothing Phone (1) 12GB/256GB: 549 euros
6.55-inch FullHD + OLED screen at 2,400 x 1,080. Ratio 20:9
Adaptive Refresh 60/120Hz. 240Hz touch refresh
1,200 nit brightness. Contrast of 1,000,000:1. HDR10+
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
Video 4K@30fps, HD@120fps
Front 16 megapixel f / 2.45, IMX471
Battery: 4,500 mAh with 33W fast charge, 15W wireless charge and 5W wired reverse charge
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
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