Nothing phone (1): Unreliable new leaks purport to reveal the first-gen device's specs and launch date
Carl Pei's Nothing asserts that its upcoming phone (1) will be "unlike anything you've seen before". However, this bold claim is apparently contradicted by a new leak that seems to add up to something a lot more monotonous and predictable than the brand is ostensibly aiming for.
According to this new report, the Nothing phone (1) will launch with components and properties well-worn by other OEMs at this point. They include a 6.43-inch HDR10+ AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate.
This front panel is also now tipped to exhibit a 32MP front-facing camera, whereas a triple 50+8+2MP array may grace its rear panel. The Nothing phone (1) is also now projected to have a 4,500mAh battery with no mention of fast charging - although there will apparently be wireless charging.
Only 1 8GB RAM/256GB internal storage (with, again, no mention of expandability or anything else) SKU is mentioned in this new list, which also allegedly confirms that the out-of-the-box build of Nothing OS will be based on Android 12 (a reasonable prediction for any new 2022 phone, especially one needing to build market share from scrap).
Finally, this new leak specifies a Qualcomm processor all right: the Snapdragon 778G of yesteryear. All in all, on paper, this seems to amount to an underwhelming package heading for a headlong collision with standard-issue status, and, thus, at total odds with Pei and company's lofty and by-now very public goals.
On the other hand, the source of all these new alleged details might yet throw this impression into doubt. They have been posted to Twitter by @rsjadon01: the same user who seems to have taken Carl Pei's recent and patently jocular reply to a query as to the phone (1)'s launch date and ran with it as a genuine tip.
Similarly, it seems that @rsjadon01 cites not much more than screens from an alleged "NOTHING PHONE 1 User Manual" (just one of many such e-books one finds all over Amazon) in presenting this new purported leak.
The content as reproduced intimates that Nothing has gotten even less imaginative than advertised with its branding, hinting for example at "Color Fluid Display" marketing that would, if accurate, be a direct and pretty egregious knock-off of OnePlus' brand identity.
All in all, it would frankly be best, especially for Nothing's sake, should this leak turn out to be as faulty as it currently looks.