It really says a lot about the current mobile industry that one of the most anticipated Android smartphones of the year will come from a small company founded in 2020. Worse (or is it bizarrely better?), the Nothing Phone (1 ) remains almost completely shrouded in secrecy after multiple teasers from CEO Carl Pei and even a press event that didn’t amount to much in terms of actual device features and capabilities.
Whether you agree with Pei, who happened to be the co-founder of OnePlus nearly a decade ago, on handset designs that need a hard reset or not, it’s definitely intriguing to hear of a relatively high-profile startup committed to a radical another approach .
An affordable device like you’ve never seen before
These are not just empty promises, mind you, because the fast approaching very first smartphone from the brand Nothing is officially confirmed to rock a “transparent case”
revealing the “inner workings” of the device. According to both Carl Pei and Tom Howard, the company’s head of design, achieving the perfect transparent aesthetic proved a bit more challenging than just building a phone like all the others currently on the market and making the back plate transparent.
A sketch of one of the many transparent designs that qualify for the Nothing Phone (1).
That’s because Nothing wanted to “celebrate” the very best of a handset’s 400+ internal components, many of which are normally layered among other parts and thus tricky to showcase. Ultimately, the London-based consumer tech outfit chose the wireless charging coil as his “hero”
play with the rest of the transparent design “like a puzzle.”
The end result could see the light of day on July 21, at least according to an undisclosed European retailer that the people of Allround PC in Germany
† Unfortunately, we don’t know if that should be a proper announcement date, the day pre-orders start on the old continent, or even a full commercial release date, and for its part, nothing sticks to a vague “summer” launch pledge.
Perhaps even more exciting, the Nothing Phone (1) is rumored to target a “price range around 500 euros”, meaning that the potential audience is much larger than that of the ultra-high-end iPhone 13 Pro Max or Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
No real specs confirmed yet
Of course, that also means that this trend-defying and completely unconventional device won’t be powered by one of the fastest mobile processors out there. On the plus side, nothing has announced a partnership with Qualcomm yet, so the hot new upper middle class Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 silicon could have a lot on the table.
When you add in wireless charging support and the recycled aluminum frame is already attached to the $500 or so Nothing Phone (1) comparison, the bang for the buck starts to sound pretty impressive… even if you consider the “inside out” design. is guaranteed to set this bad boy apart from all competitions in the summer of 2022.
The Nothing Ear (1) has its own transparent design.
By the way, the see-through design will likely remain a staple for years to come after its debut on the company’s first true wireless earbuds (and its first product period). The long-term goal is to create a “coherent vision” similar to what Apple has done with its iPhones and unlike what essentially all Android device manufacturers do, try too many things at once without holding back. to a “consistent way of designing products”. †
Sure, the Nothing Phone (1) will run Android on the software side, but even that has been refined (in the form of Nothing OS) to adhere to Carl Pei’s philosophy that “products should be simple at a glance” while giving their users “more back” the more time they spend with them.