Dear nothing, give us something to talk about – The Mobile Indian
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Dear nothing, give us something to talk about – The Mobile Indian

Carl Pei’s new venture, Nothing, seems to have a penchant for treating product launches like jigsaw puzzles. It follows the same template as its first smartphone, the Phone (1). It follows the same template as its first smartphone, the Phone (1). Before it was unveiled, we had seen the brand give several hints about its first product, the ear (1). A few months earlier, we had been told that the Phone would “bring back the excitement we once felt for the tech industry.”

We got vague hints of the Phone’s design and a glimpse of the launcher that would run on it. Now we have an image of the back of the Phone, complete with a parrot on it (the ears (1) used ladybugs).

Dear nothing,

Back to us…with a back and nothing more!

According to the press release, we were also told that “Nothing phone (1) has a transparent back with a unique mechanical design consisting of more than 400 components. Inspired by artists such as Massimo Vignelli, who designed the New York subway map and a complex system based on art, The 100% recycled aluminum frame makes it light and robust. More than 50% of the Phone’s plastic components are made from biobased or post-consumer recycled materials – an industry-leading percentage.”

Most of the questions consumers ask about a phone are about the screen (type, size, resolution, refresh rate), cameras (front and back), RAM, storage, battery (and how fast it charges), speakers, connection options, and so on. All very nice, but what do we actually know about the telephone (1)? The answer in real terms is almost equivalent to the name of the brand behind the phone! All very nice, but what do we actually know about the telephone (1)? The answer in real terms is almost equivalent to the name of the brand behind the phone! All the disclosures about the Phone (1) have not given us concrete information about this. You know that the Phone only seems to have two cameras on the back, but we have no idea the types of cameras or their megapixel count.

Likewise, the presence of what appears to be a wireless charging coil seems to indicate support for wireless charging, but we have no idea about battery size or charging speed. Knowing the UI would have counted a lot too, but the fact that it’s very similar to stock Android again doesn’t tell us much.

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The Phone that makes news without giving details

We’ve all been given a lot of unofficial hints and talked about a new generation of processors. Still, in terms of official information, our knowledge of the Nothing Phone (1) is extremely limited. What we know about the Phone (1) is its design, which was previously described in all its glory. As we noted before, the brand gets full marks for trying something different, but judging the Phone on the back alone would be like judging a book on the front. Yes, geeks can stare at the back of the device and make guesses about battery size, screen size, d so on, but that’s what it is: guesswork.

There is no denying that the design itself looks very interesting. The semi-transparent look, which gives the user a glimpse of the inside of the Phone, not only carries the transparent design legacy of the ears (1) TWS but is also very different from the normal smartphone crowd. That said, while the design is an important part of a phone, it plays a distant second fiddle to specs and performance, especially in the mid-range. In addition, a case will probably be slapped over that distinct design. And before you ask us, we don’t know what the parrot represents – perhaps a “natural-sounding” virtual assistant.

Like Jon Snow, we don’t know anything (about PhonPhones)

The upshot is that nearly three months after it was first announced, we’ve got nothing (pun intended) to talk about on Nothing’s First Phone. Yes, we’ve had a few announcements, but still not much to do, simply because the brand seems to have avoided discussing anything that could reflect the device’s performance. So we can’t make comparisons, talk about possible competitors, prices, or even anticipate features. It’s largely a blank slate. It’s strange when you consider that the Phone has been flashing in and out of the news for a while and has had official events and statements about it.

As far as you know, this approach could work quite well, but as of right now, all we can say to Nothing (1)’s Phone is, Dude, wally here for you. Now please give us something to talk about.