Less than 20 hours before the official launch of the Nothing Phone 1, nearly everything there is to know about the phone has been either teased or leaked. But despite that, the company keeps on pushing new information, thus keeping people hyped up for their phone.
You see, we live in a time where most of the things we see in a smartphone have reached saturation level in one way or the other. But nothing has successfully managed to carve out a space for itself with a unique-looking handset. We all thought, the uniqueness of this phone would only be limited to just the looks itself but turns out that is not the case.
With Nothing Phone 1, the company offers a few things that no other company is offering in the price segment.
The first one is the phone's fingerprint scanner capabilities. Earlier, it was thought that they would use a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on this phone, but the company confirmed that is not true. It will have an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Now, what's different is the type. As you can see, it's fast, as fast as you'd expect from a 2022 smartphone. And what's impressive is it could be the Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Only a small number of smartphones, like the Samsung flagships, now employ ultrasonic fingerprint sensors since they are far more expensive than optical ones.
The optical scanner which almost all Android OEMs use except Samsung for their flagships is a less secure 2D scanner that requires illuminating a portion of the screen, so a sensor can optically "see" your fingerprint. As you can, we can not see any light here which almost confirms that the phone is using a more secure 3D Ultrasonic scanner, differentiating itself from the pack of other non-Samsung Android OEMs. Second, the phone is offering wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and a high-quality AMOLED, something you won't find in these price brackets.
Third, many people were disappointed to see just two cameras on this phone. But Nothing said they preferred experience to specs. I mean it has a 50MP main camera with a 16MP Ultrawide camera, and this ultrawide camera will also double as a macro camera, something you see OEMs do on flagships. Plus, it can also record in10-bit color, something you see on flagship phones. That means every video can capture 1 billion colors, up from 16 million in 8-bit videos, which is common in midrange phones.
On top of that, it also has dual OIS and EIS stabilization. The company has also shared the camera samples, and for the price, I would say these are pretty good with natural colors. It doesn't have a telephoto camera, but the advantage of a 50MP sensor is that the phone can crop in without losing much detail. However, it would have been appreciated if there was a dedicated telephoto camera. The phone also has a 120Hz display which can switch to 60Hz when viewing a still subject, which would preserve some battery life. Also, here's the box of the phone, which confirms their won't be a charger inside. All in all, the Nothing Phone 1 looks pretty good so far