Nothing has just launched its Phone (1), a long-awaited terminal which is taking the risky bet of entering an already very competitive smartphone market. Available from €469, this model looks very promising.
Fresh out of our testing labs, Nothing’s first-born was rated “4 stars.” Between its promising technical data sheet, its ambitious design and the hype that was created around him, is this smartphone sufficiently equipped to find a place in a highly competitive market? The answer in our test !
Available from €469, the Phone (1) comes up against the excellent Samsung Galaxy A53, Oppo Find X5 Lite or Honor 50, already well established in the mid-range segment. While terminals tend to look more and more alike, Nothing plays the originality card by unveiling a unique design. Carl Pei’s smartphone is dressed in a transparent dress enhanced with LEDs that serve as decoration, but also indicator lights for charging and notifications, or additional lighting for shooting.
Well equipped, this Android phone has a perfectly calibrated 6.55-inch panel with a definition of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. If the refresh rate reaches 120 Hz, it offers a certain comfort and increased fluidity, but on the other hand is not adaptive.
In terms of performance, the Phone (1) has a Snapdragon 778G+, a version specially developed for Nothing, which also provides wireless charging. It is more than enough for all uses and should delight video game enthusiasts by being particularly comfortable in the exercise.
On the part of the photo, Nothing wants to be a little more sober than the direct competition. Indeed, the Phone (1) has “only” two sensors, 50 megapixels each, decked out with a wide-angle lens and an ultra wide-angle lens. It thus delivers good daytime shots and stands out with its ultra wide-angle offering more sharp and well-exposed images.
The Nothing Phone (1) is an excellent smartphone that stands out for its rare originality on the market. It delivers a very balanced performance and has some specificities for it such as wireless and reverse charging and its very good in-game performance. The entry ticket is €469, with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage ; count 499 € to benefit from 256 GB of storage. Finally, a more powerful last version (12/256 GB) is expected for the end of the summer, for 549 €.