Shall I buy ‘Nothing Phone 1’?

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Co-founder of Oneplus Carl Pei founded ‘Nothing Technology Limited.’ On July 12, 2022, the company unveiled its first flagship ‘Nothing’ brand.

The Oneplus and Samsung brands dominate the premium midrange smartphone market, which is where the ‘Nothing Phone 1’ is targeted. The smartphone has been on the market for six months.  Let's find out if it makes sense to buy the phone?

Network Type        : 5G, 4G, 3G, 2G Display Size            : 16.64 cm (6.55 inch) Protection               : Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Front Camera        : 16MP Rear Camera          : 50MP + 50MP RAM 8GB, 12GB Storage 128GB, 256GB OS                              : Android 12, Nothing OS 1.1.7 Chipset                    : Qualcomm SM7325-AE                                      Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (6 nm) USB                   : USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go Fingerprint             : In Display Battery                      : Li-Ion 4500 mAh,                                       non-removable (17.42 Wh) Colours                     : White and Black Warranty                 : 1 year


Design & Display


The phone's attractive and effective design is the reason it is so popular. It has an OLED screen with curved edges. The phone looks similar to the iPhone 12 and 13 in design. It has excellent build quality, which gives it a premium feel and appearance. Both sides of the gadget are covered by Gorilla Glass 5.

Glyph Interface

With this incredibly intriguing feature called Glyph Interface, which is positioned on the transparent rear body of the phone, "Nothing" has hyped their device immensely. When the phone first debuted, Glyph Interface  served as its main selling point.

The unique feature of this glyph interface is that it plays ‘Nothing’ ringtones and lights up when you receive any call or notification. The lighting and ringtones are customizable. ‘Nothing’ deserves credit for bringing this feature..

However, they serve little use in terms of real functionality. It's because we have to flip the phone around to use the function, and then you have to reverse it around to view the notification, which may get annoying over time.

Software and interface

The phone has Android 12 with  Nothing OS 1.1.7 UI  which gives users a wonderful user interface. For various operations, like lock and unlock and charging updates, it features a lot of animations. It's pretty fascinating how great-looking the dot matrix font appears on the screen.

Users of this phone will be astounded by its haptics; every touch feels wonderful. The gadget will receive software upgrades for three years and security patches for four years,as per ‘Nothing’. Overall, the software and user interface appear to be polished versions of Google's Pixel phones.


‘Nothing’ choice of going with the Qualcomm SM7325-AE Snapdragon 778G was not received well by most critics as the processor is quite underwhelming. In general, the chipset performance  will disappoint gamers a lot.


The phone has a Li-Ion 4500 mAh battery, which is reasonable for daily tasks and sort of okay for heavy users. With a bright display on and gaming, the battery won't last the whole 24 hours. For gamers the phone may work  well, although users should be ready to deal with heating problems.

With its updates, Nothing has reduced heating problems, although they have not been fully resolved. On Netflix, the HDR function is worthless, while working great on YouTube. The phone offers a wireless charging option in addition to a 33-volt charging capacity.


The device is assembled with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor for the primary camera, which gives an impressive first impression.

With a sharp focus that produces fantastic macro pictures, the rear camera is a safe bet. While using a Sony IMX471 sensor, the 16-megapixel selfie camera falls short of its competitors in this market.


There will be no charger in the box. Either the standard charger, which costs around 2,500 rupees, or the wireless charger, which is much more expensive, must be purchased. The cost of the additional accessories is also high.


The smartphone is available in India in two RAM variants: 8 GB or 12 GB and 128 GB or 256 GB  of storage.

                 8GB + 128 GB     =  27499/-                  8GB + 256 GB     =  30,499/-                 12 GB + 256 GB   =  33,499/-


OLED Display Cool Design (glyph Interface) Silk smooth interface experience Haptics Built quality Decent Cameras


Heating issues Fingerprint Sensors issues The brightness disappoints in sunlight Underwhelming Chipset Battery life could have been better No SD card option Expensive Accessories No Charger in the box