Friday 15 July 2022

Nothing dares to be different with launch of quirky Phone (1)


Following the now familiar wave of official and unofficial drip-fed teasers and tech leaks, former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has pulled back the curtain for Nothing's Phone (1) launch. The company's second product release comes with a quirky fresh look, bloat-free Android experience and some funky lights around back.

The Phone (1) sports a 6.55-inch, 2,400 x 1,080-pixel (402 ppi) flexible AMOLED display topped in scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5, with 10-bit color, support for HDR10+, 1,000,000:1 contrast, and 500 nits of brightness (peaking at 1,200 nits). Users can also look forward to responsive interaction thanks to an adaptive refresh rate between 60 Hz and 120 Hz, 240-Hz touch sampling and haptic feedback.

The handset runs the company's Nothing OS, which promises the "best features of pure Android, distilling the operating system to just the essentials, where every byte has a purpose."

This features bespoke fonts, colors, graphical elements and sounds, and has also been designed for tight integration with the company's earphones, but plans are afoot to add controls for third-party tech, with one of the first iterations being for Tesla EV owners. Users can expect at least 3 years of OS upgrades plus 4 years of security updates.

Fairly light in the hand at 193.5 g, the Phone (1) is built around a mid-range Snapdragon 778G+ mobile chipset, features a flexible AMOLED display with 10-bit color and an adaptive refresh rate, and boasts integrated lighting known as the Glyph interface

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