Nothing Phone (1) comes across as a device that rides high on solid performance and comes at a fair price

When it comes to smartphones, the domain seems to be evolving every passing day. But one wonders what more can be eased into the smartphone is something that would leave the user community baffled. But yet, there has been much buzz on how Nothing is including something more in its smartphones.

Smartphone enthusiasts the world over are a spoilt crowd, with high end features placed under the hood of every device that appears in the market from time to time. So when Nothing, a significant entrant in the smartphone arena, brings forth a device with the proclamation that it has something cool for the buyer in it, it sparks some amount of enthusiasm.

So, what’s so cool about the Nothing phone (1)?  The device, at first look, comes across as an a fairly awesome midrange rig that sports flashing lights in its rear. Lay your hands on it, and it would reveal that it is a device that rides high on solid performance and comes at a fair price.

Nothing Phone (1)
Solid performance, fair price

Nothing Phone (1) comes with pluses and minuses too

As you would have noticed, the company touted its phone (1) with the tag “Bring us back. To us”. Does it indeed? Overall, it keeps its promise. With capabilities to act fast, it offers smooth-scrolling and good-to-the-eye OLED screen. What’s more, a unique glyph notification system and full four years of security updates come along.  

But then, if you are bent on critiquing the new device, you will find that the battery life offered isn’t as good as you would want it to be.  Also, the box gives the charger the miss, which is something many would approve of.

Looking at the specs, the Nothing Phone (1) comes with a 6.55-inch 1080p OLED boasting an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz. This is actually cool. Considering that the device falls in the mid-range category, these are indeed awesome specs. The top refresh rate is good, and makes for a smoother scrolling experience. Offering 1,200 nits of peak brightness, the phone also makes sure it has a trust worthy under-display fingerprint sensor.

Snapdragon 778 Offers 5G; Lets Apps Load in a Jiffy

The chipset is a midrange Snapdragon 778 that offers 5G connectivity standards. What Nothing has brought forth is indeed a hugely responsive device wherein the and apps load in a jiffy. One could look for a headphone jack or a microSD card slot, but will find them also missing in teh Nothing Phone (1).

As mentioned earlier, battery life is a sad proposition. A review of the Nothing Phone (1) has revealed that it might be last a whole day, but if you are looking for the battery to stay alive for more hours than a day, you in such bad luck. The addition of the glyph lights for notifications could effectively reduce the battery life span, and that could look like trouble for phone freaks who play with the device all through the day. Though Phone 1 thinks its glyph notifications and the coloured LEDS all around are great features, they could look unnecessary at some point of time.

Nothing Phone (1)
Battery life is a bit of a worry

The charger, as we told you earlier, is a missing component one would have expected to come in the box. The absence of the charger could set you off by a little more money as you would have to buy one separately. However, Nothing has thrown in a 4,500mAh cell in the Phone 1, and that supports 33W fast wired charging. This in fact is a relief in the absence of a readily available charger. The company has also thrown in Qi wireless charging at up to 15W and 5W reverse wireless charging. That makes it a higher than midrange phone, actually.

Awesome Snappers, Magnificent Pictures

If you have been through Nothing’s publicity material, you might have come across the features that spoke highly about the two rear-facing cameras on the Phone 1.  The snapper department in the Nothing Phone (1) offers much to hope about. For instance the prominent rear-facing camera is a 50-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 lens that includes optical image stabilization. The second rear camera is a 50-megapixel ultrawide with an f/2.2 lens, And, on the front is a 16-megapixel selfie camera. You will also be able to shoot videos up to 4K/30p.

Powering the device is a form of Android 12. The company’s own design takes prominent place in its homescreen widgets that calls out info on time and weather and NFT displays. Nothing has also ushered in much to make customers smile by promising three years of OS platform upgrades and four years of security updates. That is something you would applaud it for, won’t you?

Nothing Phone (1)
Camera specs that are a lure

Nothing Phone (1) Specs that Charm

In case you would to have a quick look at the specs, here goes:

  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • Aluminum frame
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Multiple LED lights on the back for notifications, charging progress
  • Blinking red light on the back (video recording indicator)
  • Splash, water and dust resistant
  • OLED display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
  • OS: Android 12, Nothing OS
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM7325-AE Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (6 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core
  • No card slot
  • Storage:  128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
  • Camera: Dual 50 MP
  • Selfie Camera: Single 16 MP
  • No jack
  • USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
  • Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass
  • Battery: Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
  • Fast charging: 33W
  • Wireless charging: 15W
  • Reverse wireless charging: 5W
  • Dimensions: 6.27 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches
  • Weight: 193.5 g (6.84 oz)
  • Colors:  White, Black
Nothing Phone (1)
White and black hues

If you haven’t still laid your hands on this mid-range device, you need to give it a thought. Made available in white and black hues, Nothing has brought to the marketplace three variants. While the 8GB/128GB variant can be yours for Rs 32,999, the 8GB/256GB variant can set you off by Rs 35,999. The third, a 12GB/256GB variant is priced at Rs 38,999.  Head here to pick in on Flipkart.  

By Ram

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