Nothing Phone(1): Release Date, Price, Specs, Features, and More Details
The enigmatic start-up Nothing, founded by former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, has maintained a low profile since its introduction in late 2020. The Nothing Phone (1), nevertheless, the company’s second-ever product, is already confirmed to arrive this summer and is actually now available for purchase. Kind of. However, this is still a rather interesting phone that will undoubtedly live up to (part of) its anticipation. Some fans’ excitement may have been dampened by the announcement that the phone’s complete launch will be invite-only and won’t arrive in the US at all. When the phone does really go on sale next month, there are already details available about its software, feature set, and hardware. Here is what we currently know.
Nothing Phone (1): Release date
When the business originally acknowledged that a smartphone was in development at an event on March 23, it simply said that the device will be released in the summer. Since then, it has promised to make the phone official during an event on July 12 at 4 pm BST (that is, 8 am PT, 11 am ET, 5 pm CEST, and 8:30 pm IST). German tech website AllRound PC claims to have obtained pricing and availability details from an unnamed “European dealer.” The insider claims that Phone (1) will show up on July 21. Even if it comes after the phone’s now-confirmed launch event, it might still be telling because it might be the day the device goes on sale.
But not everyone will be able to get one when it does go on sale. It appears that Nothing will be able to ensure that the first recipients of the Phone (1) are “in the community” and “those who deserve it the most” by restricting access to the device initially to those who have received invitations. For complete instructions on how to sign up for an invite right now, continue reading below, or view our more thorough guide on how to pre-order the Phone (1). Although it hasn’t yet been released, some people have already purchased the phone. In a 48-hour auction that took place from 21 to 23 June, Nothing collaborated with auction site StockX to release the first 100 items, each of which was engraved and serialized. The highest offer was almost $2,000/£2,000. Each of the top 100 bidders received a phone with a number on it that matched the amount of their bid, with the highest bidder receiving number one.
Nothing Phone (1): Price
It stands to reason that we are unaware of the Phone (1)’s price prior to its launch. But anticipate it to be more reasonably priced than most. While maintaining premium features like ANC (active noise canceling), the company’s Ear (1) headphones offered a competitive price at $99/£99/€99, putting them at the upper end of what would be termed “budget” within its own product category. The Phone (1) would likely launch on the market at roughly $500 if the same treatment were given to it. The alleged European dealer who proposed the launch date of July 21 and who stated that Nothing’s debut phone will cost roughly €500 at launch made exactly that prediction.
Pricing in a comparable range is revealed through a leak from Amazon Germany: €469 for 8+128GB and €549 for 12+256GB. The Phone (1) would be well-positioned to compete with devices like Realme’s GT 2 Pro and Google’s Pixel 6 at that price, or possibly slightly higher, while significantly undercutting flagships like the Oppo Find X5 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22, and iPhone 13.
Nothing Phone (1): Specs and features
We already know some of what to expect because Carl Pei’s last firm, OnePlus, is well known in the industry for leaking information about its products in advance of debuts. It is evident that Nothing follows the same philosophy.
The phone’s design, which was finally unveiled on June 15, is the most intriguing. Nothing has officially confirmed a few important specs. The major one is that the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the more recent Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor will not be used; instead, the phone will employ the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ chipset. According to Carl Pei, Qualcomm developed capabilities for wireless charging and reverse charging exclusively for this phone and created a “custom-tuned” version of the chip for Nothing.
Because of the large circular coil in the middle of the design, we already knew the phone will support wireless charging. Of course, that design also makes clear a dual back camera, albeit its specifications are currently unknown. One SlashLeaks leak indicates additional specifications, but since the source is unreliable, we should treat it with caution. It appears that we may anticipate a 4500mAh battery with 45W charging, a 120Hz OLED display, and a 50Mp main back camera.
The Nothing Phone (1)’s other major hardware and manufacturing partners were also clearly identified at the announcement event on March 23. Samsung, Sony, and Visionox all made an appearance, indicating that they may be in charge of providing the phone’s display, camera sensors, and other components.