Nothing Phone 1 hands-on impressions: The gift of Glyph?

Admin, Thursday, July 21, 2022
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Top possibilities in the world of Android smartphones since Essential PH-1 is finally here. This is Nothing Phone 1.

The hype train that heralds the second product from the London-based startup. Ear 1 were high-quality earphones that were launched at an affordable price and the company won quite a few fans. However, expectations for the Phone 1 are much higher as the brand – led by OnePlus co-founder and CEO Carl Bay – increases the bet on its first smartphone.

However, rather than betting heavily on a premium flagship out of the gates, Phone 1 arrives as a much more conservative than many might expect; One looks to build on the Ear 1 style – eye-catching, easy-to-use technology at a modest price. Is this approach paying off in the highly competitive smartphone field?

We’ll answer this question in detail in our full review, very soon, where we’ll also look at camera quality, charging speeds, and daily performance. Ahead, here are our initial working impressions of Nothing Phone 1 a few days after it.

Speak in Glyph

First impressions matter, and Nothing Phone 1 makes an amazing first impression. There are a lot of things that we can’t talk about yet, things that may make or break the attractiveness of the phone for many. And while buying a Phone 1 hasn’t been this easy until now (we’ll get to that), we always recommend waiting for the full picture before spending your hard-earned money.

With that said, after dealing with the device for the weekend, I can tell you without any concern that Nothing Phone 1 looks, and most importantly, Feel Like a phone worth twice its asking price. It’s a pleasant weight, the buttons have a satisfying click, the Full HD+ AMOLED display is bright and vibrant, and the touches are exceptional. Aside from its mediocre IP rating (liquid splash-proof only), there is very little that would limit Phone 1’s credentials as a “flagship killer” if you judge it only from a design perspective.

paying off: Best budget phones

This isn’t the first transparent-backed phone we’ve seen, but it’s certainly the smartest that eschews flashy branding and fake components (hello, Xiaomi) in favor of hints on the phone’s internals, carried through a modern and retro aesthetic. , and divided by the largest maneuver in the phone 1 – glyph.

The Nothing Phone 1, and most importantly, looks like a phone that’s twice its asking price.

The Glyph is basically an awesome notification array divided into four shapes that flash in different patterns whenever you receive a text message, call, or a custom app notification. It can also show charging progress and interact with Google Assistant feedback. Will a Quad array of LEDs revolutionize the smartphone game? I doubt it, but they are undoubtedly an important part of Phone 1’s identity, and they help raise the appeal of what might be called iPhone clones. The square metal bars, stud placement, and symmetrical tires owe more than a little to the Cupertino giant (without a slit, thankfully).

something OS?

none phone 1 front

Oliver Cragg / Android Authority

If the new old design is half Nothing’s game for convenience, the other half comes through its software. Simply put, if you want Google’s mobile operating system (Android 12 out of the box) in its simplest form, Phone 1 might be for you.

This is not a big surprise. The Nothing Launcher gave us an early taste of seeing nothing “for his skin” and that was the vision Beautiful anemia. It turns out that this is probably by choice. There are no special touches to it; The bitmap interpolated in menu headers and UI elements, some unusually large circles in the notification tray, Glyph controls, and other minor tweaks here and there. However, the rest is close to stock Android as it is.

No OS is as close to stock as it is, but it does seem like a sign of things to come.

All but two of the preloaded apps (recorder and camera) are Google apps. There are only four dedicated widgets at launch – three of which are clocks, and the other is an easy-to-ignore NFT gallery app, although its mere presence might not calm anyone already set against the idea.

We’ll look more into the software’s fluidity and stability in our review, but for now, there’s no operating system that looks like a sign of things to come, but it does point to the brand model of an open ecosystem. Case in point: There are no exclusive features for Ear 1 and Phone 1 owners.

No filler, but not all killer

Nothing phone 1 graphically on the camera

Oliver Cragg / Android Authority

We’ve talked about what Nothing Phone 1 is on the outside, but the inside is arguably more cool.

At the heart of it all is the more controversial specs option. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus powering the entire display is an upgraded version of a mid-range chip launched in early 2021. Standards will come later, but on paper, it’s a perfectly capable chip for a £400 phone, although you should know that Phone 1 Not at all designed to be a budget powerhouse.

Strength isn’t everything, or at least that’s what nothing believes in.

Qualcomm customized the chip specifically for Nothing, adding support for 15W Qi wireless charging. Elsewhere, the Phone 1 comes with a respectable if not huge 4,500mAh battery, 33W wired charging (no charger in the box), and 5W reverse wireless charging. There’s also 8GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage on the bottom line, going up to 12GB RAM/256GB of storage for the top model, although this won’t be released until later. in summer.

The in-screen fingerprint reader and stereo speakers help round out the fair spec sheet, and nothing beats the simplicity again of the phone’s imaging suite. The main camera is a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor with optical stabilization, while the ultrawide camera is the same Samsung JN1 sensor found in the OnePlus 10 Pro. Exactly how the pair performs against the best budget camera phones is yet to be determined, but the dual-camera setup leaves little room for tricks.

You can see the full list of Nothing Phone 1 specifications below.

None Phone Specifications 1

none phone 1


6.55 inch OLED
Resolution 2400 x 1080
500nits/1200nits brightness
Adaptive refresh rate 120Hz (minimum 60Hz)
Touch sampling 240 Hz
HDR10 + . support
Gorilla Glass 5


Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus


Adreno 642 liters


8 or 12 GB


128 or 256 GB
UFS 3.1
No microSD card support


4500 mAh battery
33W PD3.0 Wired Charging
15W Qi Wireless Charging
5W Reverse Wireless Charging
There is no charger in the box


– 50 MP wide angle Sony IMX766 (ƒ/1.88, 1/1.56-inch sensor, 1 µm pixel, focal 24 mm, OIS, EIS)
– 50 MP Samsung JN1 ultrawide (ƒ/2.2, 1/2.76″ sensor, 114° FoV, EIS)

In front of me:
– 16 MP Sony IMX471 wide angle (ƒ / 2.45, 1 / 3.1 inch sensor)


4K at 30fps
[email protected] or 60fps
Live HDR at 30 fps
120fps slow motion shooting (main lens only)
Night Mode 720p/1080p (30fps)
OIS on the main rear lens only
EIS on the rear lenses

My voice

Dual Stereo Speakers
No 3.5mm headphone jack


In-screen fingerprint reader


IP53 تصنيف rating
Gorilla Glass 5 front/rear


With two slices


Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO
Gigabit 5G Dual Mode (NSA & SA) with 4×4 MIMO
5G NR*: Bands n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n77,
4G LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38,
39, 40, 41, 66
3G UMTS (WCDMA): Bands 1,2,4,5,6,8,19
2G Network: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

Wi-Fi 4/5/6 and 802.11 a/b/g/
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC with Google Pay support

GPS with A-GPS. Up to dual range: GLONASS (1), BDS (2),
Galileo (1), QZSS (1)


Android 12
No operating system
Three years of promotions
Four years of patches

Dimensions and weight

159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3 mm
193.5 grams


Black and white

in the box

none phone 1
USB-C cable
Pre-applied screen protector
SIM card tray ejector

Nothing Hands-on on the phone 1: A new challenger is approaching

Nothing Phone 1 off the screen

Oliver Cragg / Android Authority

For initial run, Phone 1 was only available through an invite system for members of the None community (the big old OnePlus power). Only the rest of us humans can enjoy the fun from July 21, 2022 at 7am GMT (2am ET), when it will go on public sale in the UK and across Europe and other select regions. Te Phone 1 will be sold via Amazon and Smartech in Selfridges London. Additionally, there will be a pop-up booth from July 16-20 at Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London where limited quantities of the device will be available for purchase (between 10am and 7pm GMT).

Nothing further confirmed that it has partnered with O2 as the exclusive carrier (in-store and online sales), while it has also struck similar deals with Telekom Deutschland in Germany, and Flipkart in India. If you are in North America, you cannot buy it at all.

Nothing Phone 1: Hot or not?

46 votes

Without further testing, it’s hard to tell how well the Phone 1 compares to such a stiff competition. Looks the part, but looks aren’t everything, you have to have heart too. The Nothing Phone 1 is at least a competitor – a fair achievement for a debut smartphone from a company founded less than two years ago.

none phone 1

No Smartphone Nothing stands out from the crowd thanks to its unique transparent design and LED “Glyph” notifications.

What do you think of Nothing Phone 1? Vote in the poll above and hit the comments if you have any burning questions you’d like to see answered in our review.

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