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Review: Nothing Phone (1) – transparent designer piece at mid-range price

Is (it) cool enough? The former director of OnePlus is once again making a smartphone. This is of course going to make people take notice. The Nothing Phone (1) sets out to do many things differently and already looks quite cool with the LEDs on its rear. But at 500 Euros (£449), is it able to impress us during our review?
Nothing Phone (1)
Nothing Phone (1)

A breath of fresh air is always good for the mobile phone market. OnePlus recognised this and launched the OnePlus One almost 9 years ago – a smartphone that was significantly cheaper and yet almost as good as the flagship phones of its time. Back then, the company's founders chose to do something different by giving the phone a rough sandstone back and a heavily modified Android operating system and, as a result, caused smartphones to change forever.

One of the founders was Carl Pei, who is now aiming to re-enter the phone market with his new company Nothing. This time round, the Nothing Phone (1) might even get OnePlus feeling a little shaken. After taking an extensive look at the Nothing Phone (1) in our hands-on, we now want to re-examine our first impression by taking a closer look at the device and performing measurements and benchmarks. Let's get started.

Nothing Phone (1)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G 8 x 1.9 - 2.5 GHz, Kryo 670 (Cortex-A78/A55)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
6.55 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 402 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, OLED, 240Hz sampling rate, 1.07 billion colours, Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 240 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B6/​B8/​B19), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B34/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n77/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 159.2 x 75.8 ( = 0.33 x 6.27 x 2.98 in)
Battery
4500 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.88, phase comparison AF, OIS, dual LED flash, videos @2160p/​30fps (camera 1); 50.0MP, f/​2.2, wide-angle lens (camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/​2.45, videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (hybrid), USB-C cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.920W/​kg (head), 1.350W/​kg (body); notification LED (rear/​monochrome); IP53-certified, fanless
Weight
193.5 g ( = 6.83 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison of possible competitors

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85.4 %
07/2022
Nothing Phone (1)
SD 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L
193.5 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.55"2400x1080
85.1 %
06/2022
OnePlus Nord 2T
Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9
190 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.43"2400x1080
86.1 %
07/2022
Motorola Edge 30
SD 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L
155 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
86.1 %
04/2022
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
144 g64 GB SSD4.70"1334x750
86.4 %
10/2021
Xiaomi 11T
Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9
203 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080

Case – aluminium frame and LED strips

The similarity between the current iPhone and the Nothing Phone (1) is especially apparent from the side
The similarity between the current iPhone and the Nothing Phone (1) is especially apparent from the side

The design is certainly the first thing that catches the eye about the Nothing Phone (1): it is available in a simple white or black with a striking metal frame in silver or black respectively. That said, the actual highlight is the rear of the device. It is covered by a piece of transparent Gorilla Glass 5 that lets users look inside the smartphone.

You might be at least slightly disappointed if you are expecting to see technical details similar to those on the Explorer Edition of various Xiaomi phones. This is because you can mainly just see individual structured elements in slightly different shades of white or black (depending on the phone's colour). Although these elements outline the flow of cables and the shape of components, they also obscure all these things. The only visible metallic bits are part of a speaker grill and a few screws.

The most crucial thing to Nothing is the Glyph Interface, a lighting feature comprising 900 micro LEDs on the device's back and likewise beneath the transparent glass panel. The LEDs can be switched on and off individually or in groups. They can function as a notification light or charge status indicator. Moreover, the manufacturer still has some other plans for the lighting system. Right now, you can assign personalised light patterns to your contacts or use it in silent mode to tell whether you've received an email or a WhatsApp message. When the phone is flipped over, it switches automatically to silent mode and notifies you using light symbols, whose intensity can be adjusted individually.

The front of the phone features a punch-hole camera and an even frame on all sides of the display. The sturdy frame is very reminiscent of the design of the current iPhones and is made of 100% recycled aluminium according to the manufacturer. The Nothing Phone (1) has almost the same exact dimensions as the OnePlus Nord 2T and is only minimally heavier. But it offers a slightly larger diagonal screen size.

Rated at IP53, the Nothing Phone (1) is protected against spraying water and dust, meaning it shouldn't be immersed in water. Whilst the phone is well-built with tight gaps in the body, it creaks noticeably when twisted, which detracts from the impression of quality.

Some users have complained about water or dust accumulating behind the back panel. Currently, it's difficult to find out under what conditions the users are encountering these problems and whether they are isolated cases. Nothing also hasn't provided any statement regarding this.

Nothing Phone (1)
Nothing Phone (1)
Nothing Phone (1)
Nothing Phone (1)
Nothing Phone (1)
Nothing Phone (1)
Nothing Phone (1)
Nothing Phone (1)
Nothing Phone (1)

Size comparison

164.1 mm / 6.46 inch 76.9 mm / 3.03 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 203 g0.4475 lbs159.2 mm / 6.27 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 193.5 g0.4266 lbs159.1 mm / 6.26 inch 73.2 mm / 2.88 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs159.4 mm / 6.28 inch 74.2 mm / 2.92 inch 6.8 mm / 0.2677 inch 155 g0.3417 lbs138.4 mm / 5.45 inch 67.3 mm / 2.65 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 144 g0.3175 lbs

Specifications – issues with Google Pay

Unfortunately, Google Pay doesn't work at the moment
Unfortunately, Google Pay doesn't work at the moment

The Nothing Phone (1) comes in three storage and memory configurations, with the smallest only available in black:

  • 128 GB storage / 8 GB RAM: 469 Euros (£399)
  • 256 GB storage / 8 GB RAM: 499 Euros (£449)
  • 256 GB storage / 12 GB RAM: 549 Euros (£499)

The middle option is probably the most interesting one: for 30 Euros (£50) more, you get a generous upgrade in terms of storage. The largest option is only worth it if you are always running very memory-intensive apps and can make full use of the huge amount of RAM. For perspective, you can get the OnePlus Nord 2T with 256 GB storage and 12 GB RAM at a recommended retail price of just 499 Euros (£469).

The USB port is connected internally via USB 2.0, meaning it can transfer data at a maximum speed of 480 Mbit/s. As with most current phones in this price range, the Nothing Phone (1) doesn't have a 3.5 mm audio jack and uses the USB-C port for audio playback. You can plug in a USB-C headphone jack adapter if necessary. The phone supports the up-to-date Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC for wireless communication. The NFC feature also lets you use mobile payment services, but Google Pay can't be set up on the phone right now.

The phone doesn't have a microSD slot, which is an aspect that OnePlus, Carl Pei's former company, has always struggled with. Something we are worried about: the microphone is located right next to the SIM card slot. As a result, when opening the slot, you should be careful not to damage the microphone by accidently inserting the SIM ejector tool into the wrong hole.


Left: volume control buttons
Left: volume control buttons
Right: standby button
Right: standby button
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Bottom: SIM card slot, microphone, USB-C-port, speaker
Bottom: SIM card slot, microphone, USB-C-port, speaker

Software – Nothing OS is relatively close to stock Android

The phone comes installed with Nothing OS, which turns out to be a relatively stock version of Android 12. The company also promises that the phone will not ship with bloatware – and we can attest to this.

Has Nothing not made any changes to the system at all? No, the design has been modified to use a dot matrix font and there is a separate menu for the Glyph Interface. In addition, the operating system is intended to be an open platform that other manufacturers can easily incorporate in their devices. As an initial step, users can control their Tesla via the operating system. Nothing has also talked about a native NFT gallery app, which is available as a widget and can connect to a corresponding wallet in order to showcase NFTs and track their price.

Some of the ringtones, alarm tones and notification sounds are very high-pitched, technology-inspired and somewhat annoying. There is only a limited selection of ten for each type. If piercing static-like sounds hurt your ears, then you only have a few options left. Incidentally, your furry friends won't be very thrilled by the high-pitched sounds either. But at least you can use your own sounds if you wish.

At the time of our review, the security patches were from May 2022 and therefore no longer very up to date. Nothing promises three major Android updates and four years of security patches, which is now quite average compared with other manufacturers. However, we are still unable to say how often security updates and new features will be rolled out.

Software Nothing Phone (1)
Software Nothing Phone (1)
Software Nothing Phone (1)

Connectivity and GNSS – Wi-Fi is sometimes a little sluggish

The Nothing Phone (1) supports the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard. However, based on measurements taken using our reference router Asus ROG AXE11000, the phone is still unable to take full advantage of this high-speed standard. Whereas the data transmission rate is quite good at 946 Mbit/s, the data reception rate is just average at 598 Mbit/s. The Motorola Edge 30 is substantially more stable in terms of speed.

As expected, the phone is 5G-enabled and supports a wide range of frequencies in both 5G and 4G bands. This means you should also be able to use mobile Internet when abroad in almost any country. We measured the phone's reception strength randomly during our test. We found that the Nothing Phone (1) hardly ever lost full reception (even in buildings) and generally had very good signal strength.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
746 (599min - 768max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (44.3 - 1736, n=71, last 2 years)
609 MBit/s ∼82%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
451 (397min - 461max) MBit/s ∼60%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
888 (869min - 906max) MBit/s ∼100%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
884 (867min - 902max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (61.4 - 1710, n=71, last 2 years)
636 MBit/s ∼72%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Average of class Smartphone
  (853 - 1768, n=9, last 2 years)
1383 MBit/s ∼100% +46%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
946 (876min - 953max) MBit/s ∼68% 0%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
946 (926min - 951max) MBit/s ∼68%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Average of class Smartphone
  (598 - 1751, n=9, last 2 years)
1325 MBit/s ∼100% +122%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
946 (884min - 949max) MBit/s ∼71% +58%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
598 (517min - 731max) MBit/s ∼45%
iperf3 transmit AX12
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
884 (817min - 939max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1395, n=200, last 2 years)
486 MBit/s ∼55%
iperf3 receive AX12
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
836 (737min - 887max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 1348, n=200, last 2 years)
471 MBit/s ∼56%
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900950Tooltip
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø946 (926-951)
; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø598 (517-731)
Outdoor GPS test
Outdoor GPS test
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

The phone was able to quickly identify our location outdoors. But it took some time for the accuracy to increase to a decent four metres (~13 feet). The Nothing Phone (1) can communicate with all conventional satellite networks to determine location. However, the SBAS network, which is designed to improve position accuracy, was not accessed during our review.

In order to assess the phone's location accuracy in real-life situations, we got on our bicycle and brought along a Garmin Venu 2 for comparison. The result: the Nothing Phone (1) was sometimes slightly off the route taken but otherwise didn't make any major mistakes. The phone can be used for day-to-day navigation without any issues.

Geolocation Nothing Phone (1) – overview
Geolocation Nothing Phone (1) – overview
Geolocation Nothing Phone (1) – turning point
Geolocation Nothing Phone (1) – turning point
Geolocation Nothing Phone (1) – bridge
Geolocation Nothing Phone (1) – bridge
Geolocation Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Geolocation Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Geolocation Garmin Venu 2 – turning point
Geolocation Garmin Venu 2 – turning point
Geolocation Garmin Venu 2 – bridge
Geolocation Garmin Venu 2 – bridge

Call functions and voice quality – Nothing leaves something to be desired

The Nothing Phone (1) uses Google apps for phone calls and contacts, meaning users of other phones with stock android should be able to find their way around quickly. The apps are logically structured and easily accessible even for newbies.

We are not fully impressed by the phone's voice quality: the internal ear speaker sounds very trebly and buzzes audibly at maximum volume. The microphone is able to pick up our voice quite well. The person on the other end of the line sounds better on the phone's speaker. However, the hands-free mic has problems suppressing ambient noise.

Cameras – two lenses should be enough

Photo taken with the front camera
Photo taken with the front camera

Nothing equipped its first smartphone with only two cameras: a main camera and a wide-angle camera. Both can support resolutions up to 50 megapixels. However, they will usually only take photos at a resolution of 12.5 megapixels. This is because the sensors bin four pixels into a larger pixel to capture more light. The full resolution can only be used in a special software mode.

The main camera uses a Sony IMX766 sensor with optical image stabilisation. Although the camera can't keep up with those on high-end smartphones in terms of details and sharpness, it delivers photo quality that is standard for its class and absolutely fit for everyday use. Its weaknesses become even more apparent in low-light and high-contrast situations. Even though the subject is still recognisable here, the details are blurry and darker areas have hardly been brightened.

We are slightly more impressed by the wide-angle camera. Whilst you probably still shouldn't zoom in too much on shots taken using the wide-angle camera, details that are far away can still be made out to an extent not achieved by other wide-angle cameras on smartphones.

Nothing has also come up with a few ways to use the Glyph Interface with the camera. The LEDs on the rear can be used like a ring light when recording videos and produce a light that is mellow but not particularly warm. The Glyph Interface can also be used to indicate the time left when the camera timer is active. What's more, you can enable a red LED when recording videos – reminiscent of professional video cameras.

Speaking of videos, the phone can record at up to 4K and 30 fps. It is also capable of taking 1080p videos at 60 fps. We like the image quality, even in lower lighting conditions. Exposure adjustment and autofocus react swiftly and almost inconspicuously.

The haptic feedback when zooming is very nicely designed. The phone is able to properly simulate the sound and feel of a mechanical zoom ring. However, there is no hybrid zoom between the wide-angle and main cameras, meaning you will need to settle on one of the cameras before you start recording a video.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera FlowerMain camera EnvironmentMain camera Low LightWide-angle camera
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Natural light
Natural light
Light from the Glyph Interface
Light from the Glyph Interface
Light from the LED flash
Light from the LED flash

In our laboratory tests, our test pattern was photographed under studio lighting. The main camera produces images with good contrast and little artefacts on large coloured areas. But the images are significantly softer towards the edges.

The camera struggles noticeably in low light, but at least manages to keep the subject identifiable.

ColorChecker
17.7 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
9 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
12 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Nothing Phone (1): 10.14 ∆E min: 3.12 - max: 18.74 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
47.1 ∆E
37.6 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
42.7 ∆E
57 ∆E
46.3 ∆E
33.6 ∆E
34.7 ∆E
27.4 ∆E
57.1 ∆E
58.2 ∆E
29.9 ∆E
44.7 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
65.7 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
40.8 ∆E
66.3 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
48.5 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Nothing Phone (1): 41.96 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 66.31 ∆E

Accessories and warranty – charger not included

Nothing didn't include a charger with its smartphone. The only other items in the box are a USB-C cable, an especially designed SIM ejector tool and some paperwork. A screen protector has also been pre-applied.

Nothing sells a 45-watt charger for 35 Euros (£35). This seems to be an odd choice considering the smartphone only has a maximum charging speed of 33 watts. A new screen protector can be had for 19 Euros (£19), while a specifically designed case costs 25 Euros (£25).

The manufacturer offers a 24-month warranty when the phone is purchased in the EU.

Accessories that come with the Nothing Phone (1).
Accessories that come with the Nothing Phone (1).

Input devices and operation – fingerprint sensor sits low on the phone

The 120 Hz touchscreen on the Nothing Phone (1) is very precise to use and responds to quick inputs without perceivable delay.

The fingerprint reader is located underneath the screen and quite close to the lower edge. This meant we had to change our grip a little when holding the phone in our hand. However, the sensor works very reliably and unlocks the phone from standby mode rather promptly.

The phone can also be unlocked using 2D facial recognition, but this option only works in good ambient light and is less secure than a hardware solution with infrared sensor.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display – slim bezel and 120 Hz support

Subpixel matrix
Subpixel matrix

The OLED panel in the Nothing Phone (1) is made by Visionox. The company has managed to keep the bezel on all sides of the screen equally slim, resulting in a stylish design. At the same time, the panel is on par with the competition with an extended Full HD resolution and an average brightness of 625 cd/m² in our test. Only the Xiaomi 11T can produce significantly higher brightness levels when its ambient light sensor is exposed to light.

The screen on the Nothing Phone (1) can switch between 60 Hz and 120 Hz. During our review, however, we noticed that the phone wouldn't leave the 120 Hz mode once it is activated, despite the fact that the system should be able to switch dynamically between 60 Hz and 120 Hz. A lower refresh rate would help save battery when you are reading text, for example.

Another thing that we like is the OLED panel's colour reproduction, which is extremely accurate in "Standard" mode. In this mode, colours are indistinguishable from the target value of the colour space with the naked eye. Shades of grey also don't have any colour tint.

Some users on the Internet have reported that their screen has a green tint or defective pixels. The display on our test unit is completely fine.

624
cd/m²
618
cd/m²
633
cd/m²
629
cd/m²
620
cd/m²
630
cd/m²
624
cd/m²
622
cd/m²
628
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 633 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 625.3 cd/m² Minimum: 2.01 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 620 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.24 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
95.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.318
Nothing Phone (1)
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
OnePlus Nord 2T
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Motorola Edge 30
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Apple iPhone SE 2022
IPS, 1334x750, 4.70
Xiaomi 11T
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Screen
-74%
-20%
-19%
-13%
Brightness middle
620
561
-10%
632
2%
662
7%
781
26%
Brightness
625
573
-8%
630
1%
647
4%
782
25%
Brightness Distribution
98
96
-2%
92
-6%
92
-6%
94
-4%
Black Level *
0.4
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.24
2.67
-115%
1.46
-18%
1.44
-16%
2
-61%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.31
6.15
-166%
3.32
-44%
4.74
-105%
2.9
-26%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.7
4.1
-141%
2.6
-53%
1.7
-0%
2.3
-35%
Gamma
2.318 95%
2.245 98%
2.209 100%
2.179 101%
2.28 96%
CCT
6325 103%
7104 91%
6755 96%
6746 96%
6852 95%
Contrast
1655

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 119.7 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 119.7 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 119.7 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19984 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

0% brightness
0% brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Series of measurements at a fixed zoom level and various brightness settings

We are positively surprised by the refresh rate, which stayed more or less even at minimal brightness at a constant 120 Hz, in our measurements made using an oscilloscope. Consequently, it is unlikely for people who are sensitive to get headaches from the phone's OLED panel, as its frequency hardly fluctuates.

With response times just slightly above 1 millisecond, the display should also be able to satisfy gamers.

CalMAN greyscale
CalMAN greyscale
CalMAN colour accuracy
CalMAN colour accuracy
CalMAN colour space sRGB
CalMAN colour space sRGB
CalMAN colour space AdobeRGB
CalMAN colour space AdobeRGB
CalMAN colour space DCI P3
CalMAN colour space DCI P3
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 7 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 6 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.5 ms).

The Nothing Phone (1) cuts a fine figure outdoors and can also be used on bright sunny days. As with most AMOLED displays, the screen has extremely good viewing angles. This means users will still be able to see an accurate image even when viewing the screen from the side.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – good mid-range capabilities

We've already seen the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ being used in the Motorola Edge 30. In terms of performance, the SoC is in the upper mid-range and expectedly can't hold a candle to the Apple A15 Bionic in the iPhone SE 2022. The Mediatek SoCs in the OnePlus Nord 2T or Xiaomi 11T are at a very similar level performance-wise. Nevertheless, they are significantly better at handling AI-related computations, as shown by AImark.

According to Nothing, the SoC has been specifically customised for the Nothing Phone (1). However, this is only in reference to wireless charging – a feature that, for instance, is not present on the Motorola Edge 30 even though it has the same chipset. Some have criticised Nothing for not using a high-end chip to challenge flagship phones. But the phone's computing power is perfectly adequate for everyday use in most situations and it offers the same level of performance as similarly priced smartphones.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
1741 Points ∼100% +111%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
857 Points ∼49% +4%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
826 Points ∼47% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (824 - 826, n=2)
825 Points ∼47% 0%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
824 Points ∼47%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=270, last 2 years)
682 Points ∼39% -17%
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
415 Points ∼24% -50%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
4788 Points ∼100% +60%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2998 Points ∼63%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (2872 - 2998, n=2)
2935 Points ∼61% -2%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
2916 Points ∼61% -3%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2872 Points ∼60% -4%
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
2700 Points ∼56% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=270, last 2 years)
2220 Points ∼46% -26%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
733484 Points ∼100% +26%
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
600384 Points ∼82% +3%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
582264 Points ∼79%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
570375 Points ∼78% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (553328 - 582264, n=2)
567796 Points ∼77% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 - 1119358, n=126, last 2 years)
556641 Points ∼76% -4%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
553328 Points ∼75% -5%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
15194 Points ∼100% +30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (11662 - 15194, n=2)
13428 Points ∼88% +15%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
12120 Points ∼80% +4%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
11662 Points ∼77%
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
10678 Points ∼70% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=171, last 2 years)
10184 Points ∼67% -13%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
1132 Points ∼100% +49%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
760 Points ∼67%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (732 - 760, n=2)
746 Points ∼66% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (226 - 1169, n=67, last 2 years)
737 Points ∼65% -3%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
732 Points ∼65% -4%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
612 Points ∼54% -19%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
5319 Points ∼100% +12%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4932 Points ∼93% +3%
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4856 Points ∼91% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (4768 - 4932, n=2)
4850 Points ∼91% +2%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4768 Points ∼90%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1223 - 8753, n=179, last 2 years)
4331 Points ∼81% -9%
System
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
10940 Points ∼100% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (10424 - 10940, n=2)
10682 Points ∼98% +2%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
10424 Points ∼95%
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
9996 Points ∼91% -4%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
9292 Points ∼85% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2083 - 19657, n=179, last 2 years)
7678 Points ∼70% -26%
Memory
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
7144 Points ∼100% +50%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 9044, n=179, last 2 years)
4956 Points ∼69% +4%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4763 Points ∼67%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (4762 - 4763, n=2)
4763 Points ∼67% 0%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4762 Points ∼67% 0%
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4699 Points ∼66% -1%
Graphics
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
8672 Points ∼100% +6%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
8175 Points ∼94%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (7516 - 8175, n=2)
7846 Points ∼90% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 26660, n=179, last 2 years)
7712 Points ∼89% -6%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
7516 Points ∼87% -8%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
7516 Points ∼87% -8%
Web
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
1604 Points ∼100% +26%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
1511 Points ∼94% +19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (1273 - 1511, n=2)
1392 Points ∼87% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (718 - 2392, n=179, last 2 years)
1388 Points ∼87% +9%
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1365 Points ∼85% +7%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
1273 Points ∼79%
AImark - Score v2.x
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
104532 Points ∼100% +1695%
Xiaomi 11T
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
71546 Points ∼68% +1129%
OnePlus Nord 2T
MediaTek Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
58244 Points ∼56% +900%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4293 - 286905, n=146, last 2 years)
55254 Points ∼53% +849%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5823 Points ∼6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (5777 - 5823, n=2)
5800 Points ∼6% 0%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5777 Points ∼6% -1%

The Adreno 624L in the Nothing Phone (1) delivers enough graphics performance, even for more demanding applications. Nonetheless, it struggles to keep up with other devices in our comparison. For example, the OnePlus Nord 2T and Xiaomi 11T have substantially more graphics horsepower.

3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
1877 Points ∼100% +174%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1295 Points ∼69% +89%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1205 Points ∼64% +76%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
768 Points ∼41% +12%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
686 Points ∼37%
Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
2399 Points ∼100% +247%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1324 Points ∼55% +91%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1291 Points ∼54% +87%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
764 Points ∼32% +10%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
692 Points ∼29%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
8909 Points ∼100% +246%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4548 Points ∼51% +77%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4194 Points ∼47% +63%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2831 Points ∼32% +10%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2576 Points ∼29%
Wild Life Score
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
8357 Points ∼100% +225%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4623 Points ∼55% +80%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4179 Points ∼50% +63%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2814 Points ∼34% +9%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2570 Points ∼31%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2854 Points ∼100%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2718 Points ∼95% -5%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5928 Points ∼100% +10%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5412 Points ∼91%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4696 Points ∼100% +4%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4513 Points ∼96%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4971 Points ∼100% +10%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4547 Points ∼91% +1%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4518 Points ∼91%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8353 Points ∼100% +45%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6240 Points ∼75% +8%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5759 Points ∼69%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7256 Points ∼100% +34%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5763 Points ∼79% +6%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5428 Points ∼75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5385 Points ∼100% +6%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5060 Points ∼94%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5807 Points ∼100% +9%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5345 Points ∼92%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4293 Points ∼100% +1%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4265 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
116 fps ∼100% +3%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
113 fps ∼97%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps ∼78% -20%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼52% -47%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼52% -47%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
358 fps ∼100% +154%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
200 fps ∼56% +42%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
185 fps ∼52% +31%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
148 fps ∼41% +5%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
141 fps ∼39%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
106 fps ∼100% +43%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
85 fps ∼80% +15%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
74 fps ∼70%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼57% -19%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps ∼54% -23%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
187 fps ∼100% +128%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
129 fps ∼69% +57%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
122 fps ∼65% +49%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps ∼48% +9%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
82 fps ∼44%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps ∼100% +29%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
67 fps ∼89% +16%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼80% +3%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps ∼77%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54 fps ∼72% -7%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 fps ∼100% +23%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 fps ∼100% +23%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps ∼81%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps ∼80% -2%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼76% -6%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼100% +82%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps ∼73% +33%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
41 fps ∼68% +24%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps ∼65% +18%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps ∼55%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
82 fps ∼100% +122%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
50 fps ∼61% +35%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
46 fps ∼56% +24%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps ∼45% 0%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps ∼45%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼100% +173%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps ∼55% +50%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps ∼52% +41%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
26 fps ∼43% +18%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
22 fps ∼37%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
39 fps ∼100% +160%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
21 fps ∼54% +40%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
15 fps ∼38% 0%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
15 fps ∼38%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9.7 fps ∼25% -35%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼100% +67%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps ∼82% +36%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47 fps ∼78% +31%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps ∼67% +11%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
36 fps ∼60%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
95.9 fps ∼100% +140%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps ∼58% +40%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53 fps ∼55% +33%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps ∼42%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps ∼41% -2%

In the browser benchmarks, the Nothing Phone (1) consistently lagged behind the competition. Having said that, it does well in everyday use, loads websites relatively quickly and is sometimes able to get images ready while the page is being scrolled.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone SE 2022 (Chrome 99)
182.6 Points ∼100% +148%
Motorola Edge 30 (Chrome 102.0.5005.125)
90.283 Points ∼49% +23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (73.7 - 90.3, n=2)
82 Points ∼45% +11%
Nothing Phone (1) (Chrome 103)
73.679 Points ∼40%
OnePlus Nord 2T (Chrome 102)
66.955 Points ∼37% -9%
Average of class Smartphone (12.4 - 182.6, n=179, last 2 years)
64.4 Points ∼35% -13%
Xiaomi 11T (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
51.8 Points ∼28% -30%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone SE 2022 (Chome 99)
239 runs/min ∼100% +345%
Motorola Edge 30 (Chrome 102.0.5005.125)
66.48 runs/min ∼28% +24%
Average of class Smartphone (9 - 244, n=166, last 2 years)
62.2 runs/min ∼26% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (53.7 - 66.5, n=2)
60.1 runs/min ∼25% +12%
OnePlus Nord 2T (Chome 102)
59.7 runs/min ∼25% +11%
Xiaomi 11T (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
54.1 runs/min ∼23% +1%
Nothing Phone (1) (Chome 103)
53.71 runs/min ∼22%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPhone SE 2022 (Chrome 99)
265 Points ∼100% +160%
Motorola Edge 30 (Chrome 102.0.5005.125)
116 Points ∼44% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (102 - 116, n=2)
109 Points ∼41% +7%
Nothing Phone (1) (Chrome 103)
102 Points ∼38%
Average of class Smartphone (20 - 265, n=187, last 2 years)
94.2 Points ∼36% -8%
Xiaomi 11T (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
70 Points ∼26% -31%
OnePlus Nord 2T (Chrome 102)
65 Points ∼25% -36%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone SE 2022 (Chrome 99)
65969 Points ∼100% +169%
OnePlus Nord 2T (Chrome 102)
33879 Points ∼51% +38%
Motorola Edge 30 (Chrome 102.0.5005.125)
32109 Points ∼49% +31%
Xiaomi 11T (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
29912 Points ∼45% +22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (24488 - 32109, n=2)
28299 Points ∼43% +16%
Nothing Phone (1) (Chrome 103)
24488 Points ∼37%
Average of class Smartphone (3526 - 65969, n=194, last 2 years)
24228 Points ∼37% -1%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 15230, n=192, last 2 years)
3023 ms * ∼100% -68%
Nothing Phone (1) (Chrome 103)
1796.1 ms * ∼59%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (1335 - 1796, n=2)
1566 ms * ∼52% +13%
Xiaomi 11T (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
1444 ms * ∼48% +20%
OnePlus Nord 2T (Chrome 102)
1406.4 ms * ∼47% +22%
Motorola Edge 30 (Chrome 102.0.5005.125)
1335 ms * ∼44% +26%
Apple iPhone SE 2022 (Chrome 99)
497.2 ms * ∼16% +72%

* ... smaller is better

The snappy UFS 3.1 storage allows the Nothing Phone (1) to achieve fast loading times when launching apps and to copy files quickly. In particular, write operations are performed at very high speeds.

Nothing Phone (1)OnePlus Nord 2TMotorola Edge 30Xiaomi 11TAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
6%
-7%
-26%
4%
-40%
Sequential Read 256KB
1638
1891.3
15%
1514.62
-8%
1790
9%
1782 ?(1330 - 2037, n=52)
9%
946 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=263, last 2 years)
-42%
Sequential Write 256KB
1351.9
1300.6
-4%
965.35
-29%
942
-30%
981 ?(452 - 1559, n=52)
-27%
500 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=263, last 2 years)
-63%
Random Read 4KB
240.6
235.8
-2%
241.72
0%
139.3
-42%
267 ?(181 - 345, n=52)
11%
171.1 ?(13.5 - 345, n=263, last 2 years)
-29%
Random Write 4KB
228.2
262.2
15%
249.14
9%
133.3
-42%
279 ?(218 - 458, n=53)
22%
167.7 ?(30.3 - 475, n=264, last 2 years)
-27%

Gaming – capable of 120 fps

In our first gaming test with Armajet, it was straight away apparent that the phone is almost able to take full advantage of the screen's 120 Hz refresh rate and run the game at close to 120 fps, which enables faster reactions.

In PUBG Mobile, a more demanding 3D shooter, the phone still managed to hit around 40 fps at high settings and roughly 60 fps at low settings. All of these are good results, meaning that we can absolutely recommend the Nothing Phone (1) for gaming use, as long as you don't need to play games at the highest settings at all cost. We used GameBench to measure frame rate.

In terms of controls, the smartphone doesn't exhibit any weaknesses: both the touchscreen and motion sensor react to inputs accurately and very swiftly.

Armajet
Armajet
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø117.3 (103-120)
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 2.1.0: Ø59.7 (54-61)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 2.1.0: Ø39.9 (39-41)

Emissions – gets very warm but doesn't throttle

Temperature

Reaching up to 46 °C (114.8 °F), the Nothing Phone (1) can get very warm after running at full load for a while. Although the heat is only clearly noticeable on the upper part of the phone, it may at times become uncomfortable to use, especially when ambient temperatures are high in summer. In normal day-to-day use, however, you won't be able to feel the heat as much because the phone manages to stay nice and cool.  

The phone's performance also doesn't seem to be affected by the heat generated. The system didn't slow down appreciably even after several loops of 3DMark Stress Tests.

Max. Load
 44.3 °C
112 F
41.5 °C
107 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 44.6 °C
112 F
42 °C
108 F
37.5 °C
100 F
 
 46 °C
115 F
41.9 °C
107 F
37 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 46 °C = 115 F
Average: 41.4 °C = 107 F
32.1 °C
90 F
36.1 °C
97 F
40.8 °C
105 F
33.2 °C
92 F
36.1 °C
97 F
41.7 °C
107 F
33.4 °C
92 F
37.5 °C
100 F
41 °C
106 F
Maximum: 41.7 °C = 107 F
Average: 36.9 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41.4 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 46 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.7 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.6 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.5 % ∼100%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98.8 % ∼99% -1%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
95.2 % ∼96% -4%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
79.5 % ∼80% -20%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59.1 % ∼59% -41%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.1 % ∼100% 0%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99 % ∼100%
Xiaomi 11T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
91 % ∼92% -8%
OnePlus Nord 2T
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65.9 % ∼66% -33%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
61.4 % ∼62% -38%
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Nothing Phone (1) Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø4.12 (4.09-4.14)
OnePlus Nord 2T Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø7.7 (5.25-7.97)
Motorola Edge 30 Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø4.57 (4.54-4.59)
Apple iPhone SE 2022 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø10.7 (9.12-14.9)
Xiaomi 11T Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø7.08 (6.98-7.67)
Nothing Phone (1) Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø15.3 (15.3-15.3)
OnePlus Nord 2T Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1300, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø24.1 (16.4-27.7)
Motorola Edge 30 Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø16.9 (16.8-17)
Apple iPhone SE 2022 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø40.3 (39-49)
Xiaomi 11T Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø24.6 (23.7-24.8)
Heatmap rear
Heatmap rear
Heatmap front
Heatmap front

Speakers

The Nothing Phone (1) uses the ear speaker as a second speaker to create a stereo effect. But because it is much weaker than the main speaker, the effect is not entirely pronounced. The sound produced is balanced and quite high-quality. At maximum volume, some high frequencies are a little too emphasised for our liking, but there isn't any audible buzzing or rattling at all.

The phone can connect to external audio devices via USB-C or Bluetooth 5.2 and supports aptX codecs (including aptX Adaptive), LDAC and LHDC. In our tests, both connection options provided good sound quality.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.942.82534.532.93127.729.94028.530.55033.232.66326.321.68023.418.210022.522.212515.426.216014.637.120012.345.225013.351.931511.655.14007.557.850011.46563015.26880014.769.8100011.872.712501273.8160010.37620009.374.9250010.875.3315014.775.7400014.368.7500014.963.463001566800015.465.61000016.860.31250016.157.8160001751.4SPL25.984.3N0.755.4median 14.6median 65Delta28.7373825.628.229.12523.425.336.839.428.431.924.836.322.436.719.242.916.955.615.650.813.854.713.461.913.361.213.865.81268.512.774.612.276.11378.213.779.813.276.513.474.81376.213.377.213.674.613.379.813.878.113.774.61463.913.55825.588.60.777.4median 13.5median 74.60.79.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNothing Phone (1)Xiaomi 11T
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nothing Phone (1) audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 42% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 64% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi 11T audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.1% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 24% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 70% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life – wireless charging supported

Power consumption

In terms of energy efficiency, the Nothing Phone (1) is on par with other phones in this range. It doesn't really stand out in any particular aspect. Likewise, the exhaustive usage tests conducted using Geekbench and GFXBench didn't yield anything noteworthy.

The Nothing Phone (1) can charge at up to 33 watts when connected via a cable. This can be done using any charger with USB Power Delivery 3.0 and support for Quick Charge 4.0. According to the company, it is possible to fully charge the phone within 70 minutes – something we can confirm after performing our tests. This puts the Nothing Phone (1) significantly behind the OnePlus Nord 2T and Xiaomi 11T when it comes to charging speed. In some cases, these two phones can charge two and a half or even four times faster than the Nothing Phone (1).

One distinctive feature of the phone is its compatibility with the Qi wireless-charging standard. The iPhone SE 2022 is the only other device in our comparison that has this feature. At a maximum charging speed of 15 watts, it takes around two hours to fully charge the phone wirelessly. The Nothing Phone (1) can also be used to wirelessly charge other devices at speeds of up to 5 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1 / 1.2 / 1.5 Watt
Load midlight 4.2 / 7.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Nothing Phone (1)
4500 mAh
OnePlus Nord 2T
4500 mAh
Motorola Edge 30
4020 mAh
Apple iPhone SE 2022
2018 mAh
Xiaomi 11T
5000 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
0%
6%
-8%
-14%
3%
-11%
Idle Minimum *
1
0.9
10%
0.9
10%
0.6
40%
0.78
22%
0.95 ?(0.9 - 1, n=2)
5%
0.897 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=202, last 2 years)
10%
Idle Average *
1.2
1.3
-8%
1.2
-0%
0.9
25%
1.86
-55%
1.2 ?(1.2 - 1.2, n=2)
-0%
1.652 ?(0.65 - 3.6, n=202, last 2 years)
-38%
Idle Maximum *
1.5
1.7
-13%
1.5
-0%
1.5
-0%
1.88
-25%
1.5 ?(1.5 - 1.5, n=2)
-0%
1.869 ?(0.69 - 3.7, n=202, last 2 years)
-25%
Load Average *
4.2
4
5%
3.6
14%
6.5
-55%
3.98
5%
3.9 ?(3.6 - 4.2, n=2)
7%
4.42 ?(2.1 - 7.74, n=202, last 2 years)
-5%
Load Maximum *
7.4
6.8
8%
7.1
4%
11
-49%
8.78
-19%
7.25 ?(7.1 - 7.4, n=2)
2%
7.27 ?(3.56 - 11.9, n=202, last 2 years)
2%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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: Ø4.05 (0.884-8.38)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø4.64 (4.38-5.25)
; Idle 1min: Ø1.337 (1.083-1.702)

Battery life

The 4,500 mAh battery is large enough to keep the Nothing Phone (1) running for an impressive 15 hours and 26 minutes in our Wi-Fi test.

Whilst OnePlus and Xiaomi smartphones have slightly longer battery life, the first phone from Nothing should be able to last several days without charging, depending on usage.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
30h 13min
WiFi Websurfing
15h 26min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
17h 39min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 19min
Nothing Phone (1)
4500 mAh
OnePlus Nord 2T
4500 mAh
Motorola Edge 30
4020 mAh
Apple iPhone SE 2022
2018 mAh
Xiaomi 11T
5000 mAh
Battery Runtime
7%
-11%
-17%
13%
Reader / Idle
1813
1936
7%
1604
-12%
2049
13%
2244
24%
H.264
1059
1158
9%
1002
-5%
797
-25%
1450
37%
WiFi v1.3
926
949
2%
638
-31%
769
-17%
813
-12%
Load
259
279
8%
268
3%
164
-37%
267
3%

Pros

+ unique design...
+ ... that incorporates recycled materials
+ stock Android for the most part
+ promise of long update support
+ wireless charging
+ strong phone reception
+ fairly accurate location tracking
+ 120-fps gaming possible
+ no throttling
+ good battery life
+ colour-accurate display with thin bezel...
+ ... and active DC dimming

Cons

- no microSD slot
- no charger included
- noticeable creaking when twisted
- relatively slow charging speed
- mediocre voice quality
- slow Wi-Fi download speed
- gets very warm under load
- software with translation errors
- display's refresh rate is hardly dynamic
- use of Google Pay is not possible at the time of review

Verdict – definitely something special

Review: Nothing Phone (1). Review unit provided by Nothing Germany
Review: Nothing Phone (1). Review unit provided by Nothing Germany

On the one hand, the Nothing Phone (1) is definitely something special due to its distinctive look and features such as wireless charging and an aluminium frame, which you seldom see in this price range. On the other hand, it is not as revolutionary as the OnePlus One once was, a phone that shifted entire price brackets on the smartphone market and introduced software features that were unique at that time.

For its first smartphone, Nothing mostly sticks to conventions common in this price range, despite the fact that the Glyph Interface is innovative and can be used in variety of ways, for instance, as a charge status indicator or camera light.

In terms of software, Nothing still has room for improvement in many areas: besides some odd translations and features available only in English (such as the Tesla Link), we would like to see more ringtones and alarm tones that are less jarring. There is also still potential for optimisation in the speed of the Wi-Fi module (which at least supports Wi-Fi 6E), the screen's refresh rate, Google Pay support and the performance. These are all improvements that could perhaps be delivered through a software update.

Long battery life, an AMOLED display with permanent DC dimming mode, solid speakers and fairly accurate location tracking are all strong points of this phone. 

On its own, the Nothing Phone (1) is a great device for its price. The phone is enjoyable to use and is going to make users stand out in their daily life. But it is not quite a revolution.

For faster charging and more performance, you can take a look at the OnePlus Nord 2T or Xiaomi 11T. The iPhone SE 2022 likewise features wireless charging and high-end performance, but it has a small screen and an outdated design.

Price and availability

The Phone (1) is available from Nothing's online shop at prices between 469 Euros (£399) and 549 Euros (£499). The company says that it also accepts cryptocurrencies as a payment method. Alternatively, you can pre-order every variant of the phone at amazon.co.uk. The phone is scheduled to start shipping in late July or early August.

Nothing Phone (1) - 07/19/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
50 / 70 → 72%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
90%
Games Performance
55 / 64 → 85%
Application Performance
81 / 86 → 94%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
74 / 90 → 82%
Camera
69%
Average
79%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-07-23 (Update: 2022-07-24)