Nothing phone (1) – First impressions of the “transparent” smartphone

Deepak Gupta July 25, 2022
Updated 2022/07/25 at 10:54 PM

Talking on smartphones nowadays is talking on Nothing phone (1). This device has received a lot of attention from the media, perhaps because it is very similar to an iPhone, in terms of design, for being from Carl Pei’s company (ex. OnePlus) and for being a little transparent on the back.

Pplware recently received this equipment for testing. Find out about our first impressions.

Nothing phone (1): Beautiful, light and futuristic...

Received in a super box, where inside there was another smaller box that served as a "pack" for three other boxes. At first glance, it is not even clear where the smartphone comes from.

It is noticed that one of the boxes is where the charger is, but the other two keep the Nothing phone's secrecy (1).

Get to work, to open the boxes, where there is an indication with a red strip that facilitates the whole process. It is true that you have to "tear" the boxes, which may not please many who like to keep them immaculate.

The larger box has the smartthone and manuals and the smaller one has a cover for the Nothing phone (1). The other, as mentioned, is where a 45W charger (Model C304) comes in - it's similar to the iPhone.

After having the smartphone out of the box, the first feeling one has is to have a replica of an iPhone in hand, quite light and more minimalist in some details and materials. But we were fans and curious to know this equipment.

Knowing, from the outset, that it is a kind of transparent device, nothing better than looking at the rear and that's where this device stands out from most current smartphones.

After a first analysis of the design, it's time to make the first configurations. Highlight the font used in the menus which is similar to legacy games and also the fact that Nothing phone (1) has the SIM slot at the bottom.

The configuration is similar to other Android, you need to configure the account, biometric authentication sensor and then explore...

From the short time of contact with the smartphone, we obviously went to test the LEDs on the rear and the brutal effect it has, capable of impressing anyone.

Remember that the new Nothing phone (1) was presented with what they called the Glyph Interface, the set of LED lights positioned at the rear.

It should also be noted that the Nothing phone (1) comes with a 6.55" OLED screen with HDR10+ and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+, developed with this device in mind, as a result of a partnership between the two companies. It has 5G support and also allows wireless charging and reverse charging.

The smartphone is available in white and black, and Pplware received the elegant white. It should be noted that this device comes with an adapted version of Android, NothingOS (it looks very interesting and intuitive).

The battery is 4500 mAh with fast charging at 33W, charging to 50% in just 30 minutes. Soon we will present a more detailed analysis of the equipment. What did you think?

price and availability

The Nothing phone (1) is available in white and black, with three variants:

  • 8GB + 128GB - €499 (black)
  • 8GB + 256GB - €529 (black and white)
  • 12GB + 256GB - €579 (black and white)

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