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Nothing Phone 1 review

Should you spend nearly $600 on Nothing Phone 1?

Nothing Phone 1 finally launched on July 12, 2022, on the back of an enviable buildup and several teases. With three variants released, the most expensive costing $593, is it advisable to buy the Nothing Phone 1?

The easiest way to answer this question is to examine what the smartphone offers. Although, in this case, we must admit that the device is stylish and quite impressive. However, when it comes to crunch time, the looks would not do it much good.

Body, durability & display

Nothing Phone 1 is made of glass; no wonder it exudes glacier beauty. The device is encased in a durable Gorilla Glass 5 package with an aluminum frame, weighing 193.5 g. The company claims that it has a water resistance rating of IP53 and is also protected from dust interference.

Its display area measures 103.6 cm2, and the screen size is 6.55 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels. The device also has multiple LED lights on the back for notifications, charging progress, video recording indicator, and camera fill light.

The screen is equipped with an under-display fingerprint sensor for easy unlocking.

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Underhood, software & memory

Under the hood, Nothing Phone 1 is powered by the Qualcomm SM7325-AE Snapdragon 778G+ 5G chipset and an Android 12 OS that runs on Nothing’s platform.

As mentioned at the beginning, the device has three variants that primarily differ in their memory capacity. The higher-end variant offers a 256GB/12GB RAM combination, while the other two have 256GB/8GB RAM and 128GB/8GB RAM capabilities, respectively.

The phone does not support memory card extension and comes with no slot.


In the top far left corner of the display is a 16MP selfie shooter with support for wide-angle shots and a capacity to shoot 1080p videos.

The duo rear cameras are 50MP lenses with wide and ultrawide shooting support. There is also a LED flashlight.

Ports & accessories

Nothing Phone 1 does not have the traditional Android 3.5mm jack for headphones, and it seems that the makers are telling you, from the get-go, to get an earbud or other Bluetooth audio accessories.

Thankfully, it has a USB Type-C port.


The device is fitted with a 4,500 mAh battery and supports 33W fast charging (which can charge from 0 to 100 in 70 minutes). It also has a 15W wireless charging capability and supports reverse wireless charging of 5W.

At launch, the device came in White and Black colour options. It is priced as follows:

8GB RAM/128GB storage – £399 ($475)

8GB RAM/256GB storage – £449 ($535)

12GB RAM/256GB storage – £499 ($593).

With the features highlighted above, it is clear that Nothing Phone 1 is still a basic Android phone. If anything, it features an older chipset. However, it has top notch aesthetic and the default lockscreens are said to be quite the sight.

If these reasons are enough for you to pay more than usual for the device, you can go for it. Otherwise, check out 5 cheap Android smartphones you should pick over iPhone 13.

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Onwuasoanya Obinna

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