Carl Pei reveals a couple of details on the Phone (1) design but there’s Nothing much to see here


    It’s been a little while since Nothing officially revealed that it would be launching its very first smartphone something during the summer of ’22 and while the Nothing Launcher (Beta) has been unveiled, little has been said of the phone itself. Until now. Today brings the next drip in the road to hyping up the Phone (1) with an interview shedding a light on what we can expect to see with regards to the design of the handset. Spoiler alert: You’ll be able to see both Nothing and everything at the same time.

    During the interview with Wallpaper, Nothing’s CEO Carl Pei and Designer Tom Howard chatted about the road taken to developing the Phone (1)’s design, and here’s the next couple of morsels to whet your appetite, along with a couple of images.

    “One of the issues we saw with the tech industry was that nobody had a consistent way of designing products,” says Pei. “Apart from Apple – you can see their coherent vision. But if you had a table full of products from another manufacturer, you don’t really see that. From the very start, we wanted to have a very distinct and iconic design language of our own.’‘

    So, what is Nothing’s solution to standing out against the crowd? Well, much like its Ear (1) earbuds from 2021, the Phone (1) will boast a transparent rear panel that will “celebrate” the good components such as the wireless charging coil. While the presence of wireless charging wasn’t confirmed, the mention of there being a wireless charging coil would suggest that the feature will almost certainly be present on the Phone (1).

    What does the Phone (1) look like?

    Sadly, no actual images of the Nothing phone were shown off, with a couple of early design schematics being revealed, and one image that shows a 1972 New York Subway Map by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda which provided inspiration on how to organize the layout of the Phone (1)’s innards.

    Apart from that? Much of what we already knew such as that there will be bespoke wallpapers, widgets, and sounds included in the Nothing OS. Carl Pei also reiterated that the Phone (1) will be powered by one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors but naturally didn’t reveal whether this would be the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset or perhaps the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip that is aimed at the mid-range.

    There’s a lot to do about Nothing, but I guess at least we have a couple of new pictures to ogle as we wait for the Phone (1) to be officially unveiled in the coming months.

    He’s been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Realme GT Neo 2 in his pockets, a Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 in his backpack, and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around the world. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he’s an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).

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