No Phone (1) official: bold design and balanced specifications

The day has come No Phone (1), the first smartphone from the startup founded by Carl Pei, was unveiled today during a streaming event from London. In the wake of the success of the ear (1), the smartphone also stands out for one bold designwith the transparent back cover and white LEDs that can be lit up in a completely customizable way by the user, the specifications are balanced and allow you to include the list price without sacrificing performance.

Among the news is also the interface No OS, software that the company promises to be bloatware-free, fast and fluid, with a visual language perfectly coordinated with the hardware. The attention to the environment could not be lacking with a frame made in 100% recycled aluminum and over half of the plastic components come from biomaterials or recycling processes by consumers.

Carl Pei, CEO and co-founder of Nothing said:

We designed Phone (1) as a product that we would be proud to share with friends and family, “said Carl Pei, CEO and co-founder of Nothing. This simple principle has helped us get off the beaten track, tune in to our instincts and create an experience that we hope marks the beginning of a change in a stagnant industry



Nothing Phone’s design was the focal point around which the smartphone was designed. During an interview with the company, we were told that the biggest challenge was to harmonize the needs of the technical project team with those of the designers. We did not want to create a trivial smartphone, but at the same time we had to come to terms with the reality of many components enclosed in a transparent shell small in size.

Even some components, one above all SoC, have been identified on the basis of the efforts put in by the design. For example, it was not possible to integrate a large heat pipe to secure the necessary lead for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, so we chose to use a “quiet” processor, although this involved the need to obtain a custom chip from Qualcomm with wireless support charging, naturally not given to the Snapdragon 778G.

It’s called an interface Glyph and is the set of legs 900 LEDs integrated on the back of the smartphone. It is a component with a functional as well as an aesthetic value. The light combinations can be many and allow the user to interact with the smartphone without necessarily having to turn on the screen, for example, individual switches with unique ringtone and light patterns can be connected.

With the Flip to Glyph function, you activate a silent and light message mode only. However, Glyph is also useful for signaling charging status, as a flashlight, as a simple notification LED and more.

Speaking of design, we remember the dimensions which are 159.2 mm x 75.8 mm x 8.3 mm, while the weight is 193.5 grams, Gorilla Glass 5 glass was used front and back, while there is IP53 certification against water and dust ( spray). proof).


There is a certain curiosity to observe at work No OS, the operating system based on Android 12, which debuts on Nothing Phone (1). It promises the company 3 year Android updates And 4 year security update distributed every 2 months.

On Nothing OS, there are no pre-installed apps other than those from Google, the system is designed to be minimal and fluid, with an eye for the graphical aspect, with custom widgets, fonts, sounds and wallpapers and designed internally.

An interesting approach, Apple style, is in the system settings, which also integrate the connected devices, including third parties. For example, by associating a Tesla account, it is possible to control the most important remote functions directly from the settings, but other collaborations will soon be announced.

Among the news is instead the native support in the gallery for display of NFT with also a tool to follow price developments.


  • SoC:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G + 6nm TSMC
    • Adreno 642L GPU
  • Screen: 6.55 “flexible OLED HDR 10+, 10bit, 2400×1080 pixels
    • 1200 nits maximum brightness
    • 60-120 Hz adaptive refresh rate
    • 240 Hz sampling speed touch screen
  • Memory:
    • 8 GB RAM + 128 GB
    • 8 GB RAM + 256 GB
    • 12 GB RAM + 256 GB
  • Cameras:
    • Rector: 50 MP Sony IMX766 (1 / 1.56 “) f / 1.88, OIS + EIS
    • Ultra Wide: 50 MP Samsung JN1 (1 / 2.76 “) f / 2.2, EIS, FOV 114 °
    • In front of: 16 MP Sony IMX471 (1 / 3.1 “), f / 2.45
  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, USB-C, NFC, dual band GPS, 5G SA / NSA
  • Sound: Dual stereo
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, brightness, proximity, front RGB
  • Battery: 4500 mAh
    • recharging 33 Watt (battery charger not included) 50% in 30 min
    • 15 watt wireless charging
    • 5 watts reverse wireless charging
  • Dimensions And weight:
    • 159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3 mm
    • 193.5 g
  • Other things: fingerprint sensor integrated in the display
  • Operating system: No OS based on Android 12


The sale of Telefon (1) starts on July 21 at 8.00 also in Italy on the official website and on it will also be possible to buy the smartphone in the physical stores and on the WindTre website (only 8 / 256GB white or black model) in installments or in a single solution. WindTre users will also be able to pre-order Nothing Phone 1 from July 13th.

Here are the prices:

  • 8GB / 128GB, only available in black for 499 €
  • 8GB / 256GB available in black and white for 529 €
  • 12GB / 256GB available in the coming months in black and white for 579 €

We will end by telling you that we are testing the smartphone and over the next few days we will get the green light to publish our review, stay tuned!


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