As we reported back in March, former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei teased us with the Nothing Phone (1), powered by the company’s own Nothing OS.
On Tuesday of this week, however, YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) got his hands on one and gave us a look at some of the new features the phone can offer.
For months, the company has hinted at what the phone will look like, saying it will finally launch on July 12.
The phone features more than 900 individual LED lights on the back, arranged in various patterns and shapes that not only enhance the aesthetics but also have quite practical functions.
Brownlee points out, among other things, that you can receive notifications through these LED lights and that a LED strip just above the charging port can indicate how much the phone is charged without having to turn the phone over. They can also light up to create a soft flash effect for the camera, all the stripes light up when you get an alert, and the circle in the middle lights up when you charge the phone wirelessly (or other phones with reversible charging). In addition, the phone has 10 built-in ringtones, all with unique light shows in time with the ringtone.
Other than that, we know very little about the specs of the phone, which is expected to be fully unveiled on July 12. However, we do know that it will feature a Snapdragon processor, which is rumored to be the mid-range Snapdragon 778. If the company decides to go with this chipset, I would personally be quite disappointed. There are definitely better options, for example, the well-balanced 870 or the flagship 8 gen 1, as they boast of building the fastest and smoothest Android phone.