UK-based Nothing will release the middle-range smartphone “Nothing Phone (1)” in the Japanese market from August 2022. Let’s explain what kind of features it has.
It features 900 LEDs and a transparent back. Guaranteed at least 3 OS version upgrades
Nothing is an emerging tech company founded in 2020 based in the United Kingdom. One of the founders, Karl Pay, is also the founder of OnePlus, now part of Oppo, and a world-renowned figure in the Android smartphone industry. The “Nothing Phone (1)” announced this time has already been announced globally as the company’s first smartphone, but on July 13, 2022, it was announced that it will be released in the Japanese market from August.
“Nothing Phone (1)” has a big feature in appearance. The back is made of transparent glass, and the contents are completely transparent. In addition, the back is equipped with a “Glyph Interface” in which 900 LEDs are lined up. This is to use the light emission pattern as a notification of the recipient, application, charging status, etc., and it is also a proposal to make more use of the back of the smartphone, not just the design features.
The body size is about 75.8 (width) x 159.2 (height) x 8.3 (thickness) mm, and the weight is about 193.5g. The display is an approximately 6.55 inch organic EL display that supports 2400 x 1080 full HD + display. This display supports display fingerprint authentication, variable refresh rates of 60Hz and 120Hz, touch sampling rate of 240Hz, gradation expression of 10bit and HDR10 +, and it can be said that it is quite high performance as a middle range machine. The sound function does not have a headphone jack, but it has stereo speakers. It can be said that it is equipped with three microphones and can record with high precision. Although the FeliCa port is not installed, it is compatible with IPX3 grade drip-proof specifications and IP5X dust-proof specifications.
The SoC installed is Snapdragon 778G + for the middle range, and you can choose the combination of 8GB memory + 128GB storage, 8GB memory + 256GB storage, 12GB memory + 256GB storage. There is no microSD memory card slot for expansion. As the OS, “Nothing OS” based on Android 12 is used. This OS has a simple screen design that follows Android’s standard, but the inside is quite unique, and it is customized to organize the functions of the OS and enhance the stability and smoothness of operation. .. However, it is not only simple, it is also possible to control various devices including products from outside the company, for example, confirmation such as unlocking the door of Tesla’s car, operating the air conditioner, checking the mileage, etc. You can. It is said that cooperation with such external devices will be strengthened in the future.
The OS of this machine guarantees at least three version upgrades, and has implications for the possibility of further version upgrades. Most Android smartphones have been upgraded twice since their release, and only a few products have been upgraded up to three times. Among them, the version upgrade policy of this machine can be said to be a big appeal point for using the product for a long time and suppressing the total cost.
The main camera is a dual camera that combines a wide-angle camera (standard camera) with about 50 million pixels and an ultra-wide-angle camera with about 50 million pixels. The wide-angle camera uses Sony’s image sensor “IMX766” and is equipped with optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization.
Below is an example of a still image provided by the manufacturer taken with the main camera of this unit.
The communication function will be a DSDV (Dual SIM Dual VoLTE) compatible device equipped with two nanoSIM card slots. 5G compatible frequency bands are n1 / 3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/77/78, and it also supports diversion frequency bands from 4G such as n1, n3, and n28. .. However, it does not support n79, which is in operation by NTT DoCoMo. The supported frequency bands for 4G are B1 / 2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/32/34/38/39/40/41/66. .. According to the manufacturer, operation has been confirmed in 5G and 4G of four domestic carriers of NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, Softbank, and Rakuten Mobile. It also supports ETWS used in Earthquake Early Warnings, etc., but although it has implemented a function to notify the other party of highly accurate location information when dialing 110 or 119, The operation has not been confirmed in Japan.
The battery capacity is 4500mAh, but no index on driving time has been released. If you combine it with a charger that supports the 33W USB PD (USB Power Delivery) standard, you can fully charge it in 70 minutes at the shortest. It also supports the Qi standard (15W) for wireless charging, and you can fully charge it in about 120 minutes by using a charger of the same standard. The Qi port also supports reverse charging with an output of 5W.
The sales channel will be released at a later date. The price of the 8GB + 256GB model is 69,800 yen (tax included). Prices for other models will be announced at a later date.