Nothing Phone (1)’s display brightness is lower than advertised, company issues a statement


  • Nothing Phone (1)’s display brightness is lower than initially advertised
  • The device has a max brightness of 700 nits instead of 1,200
  • The company has issued a statement 

Nothing Phone (1)’s display brightness is quite lower than initially advertised. German publication ComputerBase discovered the revised values in the Phone (1)’s tests and confronted the Carl Pei-helmed company. Additionally, other publications including GSMArena and Heise also determined the values that are in line with what ComputerBase identified. 

The Nothing Phone (1) debuted globally last month and it has faced plenty of issues like dead pixels, green tint on display, design problems etc.

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Nothing Phone (1)’s display is not bright as initially advertised

Nothing Phone (1) featured

Nothing Phone (1) in white and black colour options

Nothing advertised its Phone (1) as being capable of reaching a maximum peak brightness of 1,200 nits. It is mostly achievable in certain HDR video scenarios. However, while testing the device, ComputerBase discovered that the rating would never go higher than around 700 nits even in situations that might trigger the phone to emit its advertised brightness. 

The Nothing Phone (1)’s display hardware is actually capable of reaching the promised 1,200 nits brightness level. However, the software is the main culprit that is preventing the phone from going past 700 nits brightness. The initial brightness level was advertised in marketing material given to the press as well as on the company’s official product page. However, this has now been changed. 

Additionally, since ComputerBase confronted Nothing, the brand has issued a statement that says ‘The hardware is capable of reaching up to 1,200 nits peak brightness, but this is currently capped by the software to 700 nits. This decision was made to ensure a balanced user experience regarding heat and battery consumption. We look forward to hearing from our users about this and will monitor feedback closely to understand if this should be addressed in future software updates

It remains to be seen whether Nothing rolls out a software update that resolves the display brightness issue entirely or an opt-in toggle feature allowing users to switch to higher brightness by taking a hit in terms of battery and heating. 


Viraj Gawde

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