Building on the Nothing Phone (1) announcement, which is scheduled for July 12, Carl Pei’s new phone company seems eager to pull out all the stops on the device. Not that we’re complaining, though it will certainly hurt the hype surrounding the device, but these little bits and pieces help us paint a pretty complete picture.
Now, the company has confirmed that a 120Hz display will be found on the front of the phone. Keep in mind that this happened via a TikTok video, which is definitely one of the better ways to connect with the younger generation. The video has already been viewed over 1.3 million times, which is a huge engagement regardless of platform!
One of the things that becomes clear in the video is the fact that you can’t manually select the refresh rate: you’re just presented with a switch that switches to 120Hz in certain scenarios. This may mean that the display is not LTPO (Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide), but LTPS (Low Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon) type, which does not support dynamic transition between refresh rates. With LTPS, the screen is set to 60 Hz, 90 Hz, or 120 Hz, with no intermediate; while modern LTPO screens (such as those on the Galaxy S22 Ultra and others) can be as low as 1Hz and dynamically scale up to 120Hz.
Still, this makes sense given the Nothing Phone’s upper mid-range (1).
We expected a 120Hz screen to do the rounds on the Nothing Phone (1), but this official confirmation is nonetheless reassuring. Some of the rest of the device’s specs were somewhat polarizing as most people mistakenly assumed that the first phone to release Carl Pei’s Nothing will be a decked out flagship device with the latest and greatest Snapdragon chipset.
On the contrary, the Nothing Phone (1) becomes an upper mid-range affair with a Snapdragon 778G+ chipset, a 6.6-inch 1080p display, 50 MP main camera and a 16 MP ultra-wide camera, and available in two versions, one with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage, and another with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Leaked Amazon listings also gave us an even better idea of what to expect from the phone price wise: the entry-level 8GB/128GB version could start at $469.99, or about $490 with the Nothing Ear 1 buds in tow, while the top-end 12GB/256GB version could start at $549.99, or about $575, including the earbuds. According to the leaked lists, the Nothing Phone could be available sometime in October 2022, which isn’t that far away after all.
Unfortunately, the phone will skip the US altogether and only launch in a handful of markets around the world, namely the EU, UK and India.