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Nothing Phone (1): everything we know so far

An official image of the Nothing Phone (1) from the back, with a parrot perched on it
(Image credit: Nothing)

The Nothing Phone (1) launch is near, taking place on July 12, and if you listen to the brand's fans - and the company itself, of course - it could be huge. Nothing's founder, Carl Pei, inaugurated his firm's first major keynote by saying "This will be a pivotal moment," after all.

We've gone through months of leaks, teasers and speculation leading up to this point, most notably during a 'launch' event from the company itself.

Nothing (the company) held an event dubbed 'The Truth', where it finally announced some details of its upcoming handset. But this was far from a full announcement – it was more of an extended teaser, so there's still a whole lot that we don't know.

You'll find everything that we have heard so far about the Nothing Phone (1) below though, with official details first, then leaks and rumors further down, and once we hear more we'll update this article.

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Nothing has put the first 100 Phone (1) models for sale... and also mentioned that the phone may not go on sale in the US (opens in new tab).

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The first phone from Nothing
  • When it is out? Being announced on July 12
  • How much will it cost? Possibly around $540, £430, AU$750

Nothing Phone (1) release date and price

Nothing has revealed that it will be fully unveiling its first phone on July 12 at 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm BST, or 1am AEST on July 13. It's not clear whether the phone will actually go on sale on that date or not, but we probably won't be waiting too long beyond that.

As for what it might cost, a leak points to a price of €500, which converts to around $540 / £430 / AU$750. So if that's accurate then this will be a mid-range device.

It's worth pointing out that the first 100 units are actually available to bid on already, and within hours of the stock drop people had already pledged over $1,800 / £1,500 / AU$2,600 for the phone.

The same listing also mentioned that the phone won't be supported in the US though, so don't get your hopes up if you live there.

Nothing Phone (1): design

After months of teasers and speculation, Nothing has shown off the rear of its first handset, which you can see in the image at the top of this article.

You can see that it sports a partially transparent design, though only really shows the wireless charging coil and some screws. You can also see from this that it has a dual-lens camera.

While not as fully transparent as we'd hoped, it's a distinctive look, and might be further helped by those white strips you can see.

Nothing Phone (1) logo on black background

(Image credit: Nothing)

Indeed, before revealing the full rear, Nothing showed the emblem (in the image above) you'll find on the back of the handset, and a brief 18 second teaser video (below) focused on the logo suggests it could be illuminated.

The transparent design follows the language of the Nothing Ear (1) – the brand's earbuds that also have transparent elements.

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Nothing Phone (1): NothingOS

The Nothing Phone (1) will run the Android operating system, however it will feature a light interface overlay dubbed NothingOS. 

It's designed to offer a bespoke experience (with different fonts and sounds, for example, to other Android phones) you'll still have full access to every Android app.

We are also promised that the interface will offer a "fast and smooth" experience, which really is the baseline when it comes to expectations for a smartphone in the 21st century.

Nothing founder, Carl Pei describes it as "the best of Android, combined with our iconic design language. The hub for your digital life.

"We started by keeping what you love about stock Android, and removed the bloatware." 

Nothing

(Image credit: Nothing)

You don't have to wait for the Nothing Phone (1) itself to try out this software, as the company has launched an app that puts a beta version on select other Android phones.

From this, we know that some of its changes from stock Android include three Nothing-themed widgets (a weather one and two clocks), a Nothing-themed wallpaper, and the ability to enlarge app and folder icons.

Nothing OS on a Google Pixel 6 Pro

(Image credit: TechRadar / Nothing)

Nothing Phone (1): power

Beyond that, we know that the Nothing Phone (1) will have a Snapdragon chipset, but we don't yet know which one. 

We'd imagine though that it would be a fairly high-end phone, so the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (found in the likes of the OnePlus 10 Pro) is a possibility - although this would push the handset's price up.

Nothing may instead, opt to price its first smartphone more competitively, which may see it use the previous gen Snapdragon 888+ or 780G chipset instead. 

These are still powerful chipsets which should be able to deliver a high level of performance - although small compromises may have to be made around image processing and high-end gaming. We'll have to wait and see.

RAM is another unknown for now, but Pei did have the following to say during the firm's 'The Truth' event about the Phone (1).

"It delivers the optimal processing power and RAM for the exact app you're using, while learning from your usage. 

"By caching in the RAM, the apps you use the most will launch faster. The apps you're not using, but take up resources in the background, will be closed." 

Could this be a way of dealing with a smaller amount of RAM inside the phone? Probably not, and we wouldn't be surprised to see 8GB inside Phone (1).

Pei also mentioned the partnership with Qualcomm will help "to fuel phone (1)'s powerful and energy efficient experience with fast connectivity speeds" - the latter point there being a strong hint towards 5G support. Again, not exactly a surprise, but we're working on very few details at the moment.

Leaks and rumors

Prior to the initial Nothing Phone (1) reveal we had heard a few things unofficially, though largely stuff that has now become official.

We heard for example that the phone would have transparent elements, and Qualcomm itself had implied that a Snapdragon chipset would be present – which we now know will be the case.

We've also now seen a certification - spotted by 91Mobiles (opens in new tab) - for a Nothing-branded charger that supports 45W charging. That strongly suggests the Nothing Phone (1) itself will offer 45W charging.

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.

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