After months of hyping up its first smartphone, London-based tech startup Nothing finally rolled the red carpet for the Phone 1.
(Update, July 15: How much is the Nothing Phone 1 in the Philippines? Here’s the local pricing — and availability — info!)
As expected, it is a midrange offering based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus, which supports wireless up to 15 watts as well as reverse-wireless charging up to 5 watts and runs at a slightly higher clock speed than the Snapdragon 778G before it.
Available starting July 21, the Nothing Phone 1 has a suggested retail price of £399 (around $475 or P26,759 converted) for the base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage in Europe. The higher-end 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB variants, on the other hand, will sell for £449 ($535 or P30,112) and £499 ($594 or P33,465), respectively. Like the latest Apple and Google smartphones (and some Samsung handsets), the device won’t ship with a charger in the box.
In the Philippines, the Nothing Phone 1 will initially be available online and in store through Commonwealth shops in limited quantities later this month. Open sales begin August 1 at Digital Walker and Beyond the Box retail stores nationwide. You can purchase the phone online through Lazada Philippines as well. Here’s the complete list of shops and release dates in countries where the handset will be released.
Your color options are plainly black and white, and both designs feature a semi-translucent rear panel with illuminating light strips for notifications and status alerts. Nothing calls the latter the Glyph Interface, and it houses five lighting strips with over 900 LEDs.
Up front, the smartphone sports symmetrical bezels, reminiscent of the iPhone design ethos, with a corner punch-hole camera. The AMOLED FHD+ display runs at 120Hz. And while the corners of the Phone 1 are rounded, its sides are completely flat — again, just like Apple’s smartphone.
You might recall that the standard 778G can be found in many other mid-tier devices, such as the Vivo T1 5G and Realme GT Master Edition, which are priced at P16,999 ($301) and P18,990 ($336), respectively, in the Philippines.
Besides the 5G chipset and the Glyph Interface, the rest of the specs are par for the course for the price point. Around the back, you get a 50-megapixel camera with a Sony IMX766 image sensor coupled with a 50-megapixel ultrawide option that has a Samsung-made JN1 sensor and can be used to take macro shots. The selfie camera packs a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 sensor. Finally, the 4,500mAh battery supports 33-watt fast charging, and Nothing promises a full charge in 70 minutes.
Nothing Phone 1 specs
- 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- 6nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus processor with 5G
- 8GB/12GB RAM
- 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
- Dual 50-megapixel main and 50-megapixel ultrawide rear cameras
- 16-megapixel front camera
- Under-display fingerprint reader
- 4,500mAh battery with 33-watt wired charging, 15-watt wireless charging
- NothingOS based on Android 12
- Glyph Interface system with five lighting strips
- IP53 rating for dust and splash resistance
- Color options: Black, White
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