Nothing Phone (1) front design, LED layout customisations revealed in hands-on video


  • Nothing Phone (1) hands-on video has been released by MKBHD
  • It gives the first look at its front design
  • Its customisable LED strip design has also been revealed

Nothing Phone (1)’s hands-on video has been released by well-known YouTuber, Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD). The teasers released by the company so far have mainly focused on the rear design of the device. However, MKBHD’s video gives a look at its front design for the first time.

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Nothing Phone (1), the company’s first smartphone, is scheduled to debut on July 12th, 2022. It will be its second product after the Nothing Ear (1) TWS earbuds, which were unveiled in July 2021. Like the Ear (1), the Phone (1) sports a+. Here is everything that has been revealed through its first hands-on video.

Nothing Phone (1) design

Nothing Phone (1) hands-on

A screenshot from Nothing Phone (1) hands-on video by Marques Brownlee

The Nothing Phone (1) has four LED strips placed on the backside. There is an LED strip surrounding the camera, a slanted light strip is available at the top-right corner, a C-shaped LED strip surrounding the wireless charging coil can be at the centre, and an LED strip that looks like an exclamation mark at the bottom. In all, it has over 900 LEDs embedded on the back panel, which is dubbed the “Glyph Interface” by Nothing. These customisable LEDs and the semi-transparent rear give the Nothing Phone (1) a unique look.

The hands-on video reveals that all four LED strips can glow up simultaneously to fill light while snapping photos or recording videos. Speaking of video recording, it has a dedicated red LED that flashes when the device is filming.

All the LED strips can pulse for notifications. The C-shaped LED strip lights up while the device is charged wirelessly or while reverse wireless charging. The LED strip placed towards the bottom serves as a visual indicator to see the charging progress without turning on the display. The LEDs go off in a few seconds. However, these can be reactivated by wiggling the Phone (1).

There is a dedicated Glyph Interface settings page on the Nothing Phone (1), which provides users with customisation options for the LED strips. It also allows users to choose from a set of 10 preloaded ringtones that offer synced LED patterns. Users can set customised LED patterns for specific contacts. The company will soon be adding LED notifications support for different apps.

As far as the front design is concerned, it can be seen sporting an AMOLED panel with a punch-hole design. As the company had confirmed before, the Phone (1) sports a very thin bottom bezel. It sports a flat-edge design with volume keys on the left and a power button on the right.

Nothing Phone (1) specifications (rumoured)

MKBHD’s Nothing Phone (1) hands-on video has no information on its specifications. The video suggests that it is equipped with an AMOLED panel with an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Rumours are rife that it has a 6.55-inch panel that supports FHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. It may feature the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset and up to 8GB of RAM.

The Phone (1) is rumoured to support 45W wired charging apart from wireless charging. It will come preinstalled with Android 12 OS with the Nothing OS UI on top. The handset is confirmed to receive 3 years of OS updates and 4 years of security updates. In Europe, the device is likely to cost around €550 (~Rs 45,200). There is no word on its price for the Indian market. However, it is confirmed to go on sale through Flipkart after its official announcement.

Anvinraj Valiyathara

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