An overview of Nothing Phone smartphone: different from everyone else

An overview of Nothing Phone smartphone: different from everyone else

In today's world, really interesting smartphones don't come out so often, most manufacturers produce dozens of boring models every year whose differences are a challenge, but the more valuable it is when something really unique comes into the market, and that's the smartphone that we're talking about here.

Last week a presentation was made by Nothing Phone, which became known as the co-founder of another fast-growing smartphone brand, OnePlus.

But the approach of the new company is different. The first smartphones of OnePlus were positioned as "flagman killers" – they offered a powerful filling at a very attractive price. In the case of Nothing, we have a medium-level machine with unique features.

♪ Technical characteristics

Nothing Phone Of $799 for version 8/128 Gbyte 59990 rubles for version 8/128 Gbyte, 66990 roubles for version 8/256 Gbytt 34990 rubles for version 6/128 Gbytt 44990 rubles
Nothing Phone Of $799 for version 8/128 Gbyte 59990 rubles for version 8/128 Gbyte, 66990 roubles for version 8/256 Gbytt 34990 rubles for version 6/128 Gbytt 44990 rubles

♪ Design, ergonomicity and software

Most modern smartphones can't surprise their appearance -- it's just a rectangle of black, white, or other -- it's also a rectangle of white or black, but it's not simple. It has something to draw attention to.

Of course, the main focus is on the design of the back panel, which can be attributed to the cyberpunk style. The panel is transparent and shows a view of a large roll of wireless chargers, various plumes and other "inners." Of course, the electronics themselves, such as a single crystal platform or other chips, are not visible, but this is good: the smartphone looks unusual, but at the same time neat and attractive, without elements of chaos.

It's not the first smartphone with a transparent lid, but other people have tried to do something like this, like Xiaomi in the Explorer Edition, but it was just a stylish pond, even though it gave the smartphone an interesting look, but Nothing is real.

But the main element of design, however, is the glyph lighting, which makes Nothing Phone a truly unique smartphone -- nothing even close to anyone has, and never has. This element makes the design even more cyberpank and very well complements the transparent lid.

The lighting consists of more than 900 LEDs and not only makes the eyes happy, but also performs a number of useful functions. The most obvious thing is that you can use it when taking photos and videos. What it does is that we can talk about it below. Glyph also helps you to display the notifications -- there are 10 standard ringtones with different light effects for calls and messages. You can also identify unique light effects on individual contacts, and it's very convenient -- it's clear who's calling you, even if the phone is on the screen down. And it's also good if the smartphone is off the sound, the chance to notice the notification is higher. Another Glyph is activated when you call the Google Assistant, and when you connect the charger.

The rear panel, like the screen, is covered by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protective glass. It's a beautiful collection of fingerprints, but it also has a good oleophobic coating -- the prints are easily and quickly erased by the fabric. And in general, the fingerprints are not as visible as many brilliant smartphones. Although it may be a feature of the black version of Phone, the white version would be a slightly different situation.

Other than that, Nothing Phone plays for his hand.

The thickness of the Nothing Phone is 8.3 mm. But if you don't take into account the cameras that are 1.5 mm above the surface of the back panel. The frame is made of aluminium, according to the manufacturer, which is processed. And yes, the smartphone is very similar to the iPhone 13 on the sides. In general, it's nice to keep, it feels as heavy and as pleasant as possible to feel.

Functional elements are standard: two physical volume keys on the left side, a lock button on the right, a slot for the SIM card pair, a USB Type-C port, and a dynamometer on the bottom. There are no 3.5 mm headphone nests, but that's no surprise.

The fingerprint scanner is located under the screen -- there's an optical sensor that doesn't recognize the touching of dirty or wet fingers. But under normal conditions, it's done well: not always the first time, sometimes you have to hold it longer, but there were no cases where the PIN code had to be introduced because the number of prints attempted exceeded.

There's also a front-row facial recognition system with no additional sensors -- it's usually faster than a fingerprint scanner -- but the reliability of this user identification method certainly suffers, though I failed to trick the camera with a photograph on another smartphone and laptop screen.

Nothing Phone works on Android 12 with a brand-marked Nothing OS 1.0. And in fact, it's an almost reference version of the operating system with minimal changes, mostly cosmetic. Perhaps the biggest difference is in settings, as well as a special switch to manage the Glyph lighting.

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The absence of external applications was particularly encouraging. They are not here at all. After the first smartphone session, only Google applications, including "Play Market", YouTube and others, are available. This is very convenient because you don't need to clear the smartphone of all kinds of unnecessary junk, and you can only find what you really use, and the manufacturer has promised to release the Android upgrades for the Phone for the next three years, as well as four years to release the security patches.

♪ Scream and sound ♪

Nothing Phone . Pixel density is 402 ppi. The normal characteristics are complete for smartphones in the upper middle segment, as well as for some flagships.

The features indicate that the screen supports a 120 Hz update frequency, and this can already be considered as the standard not only for flagships, but also for smartphones of the medium price segment to which Nothing Phone relates. But it is not possible to force the screen to operate with this frequency "on-line" -- in settings, you can only activate an automatic increase in frequency above standard 60 Hz. Surprisingly, the settings indicate that the frequency will only automatically increase to 90 Hz. But apparently it is simply an error in the description of the function because the smartphone is capable of producing 120 Hz, checked.

The manufacturer states that the luminance level of the display is 500 cd/m2, and the peak luminance can be 1,200 cd/m2.

The smartphone allows you to control the color transmission of the display. Two modes of operation are proposed for choice: with bright colors and natural ones. There is also the possibility of manual setting of the color temperature. The color transmission, again in the absence of the necessary equipment, failed to measure. However, subjectively, the screen transmits a rich and bright picture. I did not notice the visible eye of color distortion.

With regard to the other setting features of the screen, there is nothing unusual: you can choose a light or dark topic, adjust fonts and the scale of the image, turn on the warm-colored mode, activate the high frequency of renewal and auto-turn. Surprisingly, there is no heightened sensitivity function. Display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and a thin protective film is affixed to it from the box.

It is quite expected that Nothing Phone does not have a 3.5-mm or any other analog audio distribution. They are increasingly found in medium-level smartphones. To connect wireless headphones, Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX, aptX HD and LDAC support is also used. There are stereos, as are many other smartphones, along with the lower-end external dynamics, the sound is also spoken. The sound is loud, without quality problems.

♪ ♪ Jelezo ♪ and productivity

Nothing Phone is based on the Snapdragon 778G+ hardware platform, which is supplemented by 8 or 12 Gbytes of operational memory and 128 or 256 Gbyte of built-in memory. I tested the version from 8 and 128 Gbyte. Just because older versions would have to wait a lot longer.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ is a middle-class platform with eight Kryo 670 kernels, which are divided into three clusters. The most powerful core works at 2.5 GHz, three at 2.4 GHz, and the remaining four at 1.8 GHz. The oldest core is Kryo 670 Prime, based on Arm Cortex-A78; the other three powerful cores are Kryo 670 Gold, also based on Cortex-A78, and the four energy-efficient ones are Kryo 670 Silver, based on Cortex-A55. The Graphic Subsystem is Adreno 642L, with a frequency of up to 608 MHz and support to Vulkan 1.1, OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 2.0 FP, HDR10+ and HDR10.

In fact, Snapdragon 778G+ is a slightly dispersed version of Snapdragon 778G: the latter ' s kernels run up to 2.4 GHz and the graphics processor up to 550 MHz. With the speeded CPU and GPU smartphones, Nothing Phone makes it possible to play comfortably all modern games with maximum graphic settings and high human frequency. But the reserves for the future are not as large as the flagships. The operating system works quickly, the applications open almost instantaneously.

But for long game sessions with Nothing Phone, you have to count on "with a star." Although the platform isn't too hot, after a while the chip starts to trattle, it drops frequencies. In resource tests from the 3D Markx's Wild Life package, the platform slowed by more than 10%.

In the CPU Throttling Test, the situation turned out to be more sad, with the tactical frequency dropping to 74% of the maximum after 13 minutes. The average output at the gamemark is 223 GIPs. And it's not that smartphones are very hot in the test process. Yes, it's warm, but it's not hot.

♪ Communications and wireless communications

Smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, GLONASS, QZSS, BeiDou and Galileo.

♪ The camera ♪

Nothing Phone only got two backs, and by modern Android Smartphones, it's kind of modest, but the company explained that it decided to go the way of better quality than quantity, and in the end it's just the main and wide-angle camera, both 50 megapixels.

The main camera is built on Sony IMX766 with a resolution of 50 megapixels; the pixels are collected in groups of four, but there is a program -- you can take them down to 20 times. As is customary, this approach simply takes a pop from a photo taken with maximum resolution.

The main camera of Nothing Phone is pretty good. It's difficult, but it's not bad, because it's very good. With good lighting, it gives you detailed and bright photos. Some of them seem too rich, but it's already a question of perception and preference. There are some chromatic aberrations on too bright sections: light purple shades or other not too large artifacts, they appear when filming in the opposite light. Construction is natural, without overreacting.

But there are some claims to the wide-angle chamber: the quality of the images is significantly lower than that of the main module, which affects the compact sensor. Even with good lighting, the image is more grainy, which is immediately visible when compared to those of the main camera. You can also see some differences in color temperature. But it's remarkable that the wide-angle camera shows itself well in macro-smart mode: it's easy to catch a focus and it's good to get a good image.

The camera application allows you to choose whether to take pictures in the 12.5 Mp resolution or to take them in full resolution. The 50-megapixel images can be taken on both cameras. The fundamental difference between the 12.5 Mp and 50 Mp images is difficult to see.

By default, the camera application offers a two-fold approach, and so you can get quite good photos. It's of quality comparable to those taken with a standard focus distance. But if you use a more serious zoo, it's already dramatic. In fact, it's not surprising.

In low lighting, the only way to take a picture is to take the main camera -- the wide-angle is no longer able to do it. Yes, sometimes it can do more or less decent photos, but in most cases, the detail is sad. Even in the main camera, the photos are made grainy and cut through the eye with the contour sharpness. A few corrects the situation of the night mode, which is not taken away. But it is not automatically activated, so you will have to activate it manually every time. It is available for both the main camera and the wide-angle chamber, but only for 12.5 Mp resolution.

Glyph lighting gives a filling light, as opposed to a flash that is a point source. This allows for softer lighting when objects are taken out in the dark at close range.

Portrait mode here is programmable because there's no depth sensor. The background is leaking generally correctly, although not without faults. You can see artifacts in your hair. You can adjust the degree of blurry, and you can also have a butifier that works quite adequately, but in some photos you've tried to remove a part of the beard.

The camera application can be called ascetic, configuration and mode, but everything is available. Like any modern smartphone, Nothing Phone has an I.I.-aid mode that's on default. It has an impact on the image, but it's not too significant.

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The ability to make video on Nothing Phone is quite normal. Smartphone can record video on 4K resolution, but only at 30 frames per second, as well as on Full HD with 30 or 60 frames per second. Also, Full HD can record a slow video with a frequency of 120 frames per second. Filming HDR is only available in Full HD. The good help in making video with low lighting is Glyph lighting. Stabilisation, both optical and electronic, works normally.

However, the quality of the video is a big problem. Any resolution and any frequency, the video has a problem with exposure. The smartphone simply can't display the display normally, it's constantly reconstructing it, it's like it's blinking, especially when the frame changes dynamically. If the scene is static, it's quite normal. It's hoped that the problem with the display will be corrected in future updates.

The selfie camera at Phone is single and quite normal, based on 16-Mp image sensor Sony IMX471 of 1/3.1 inches with 1 μm pixels. An optic with a diaphragm of 2,2 is used. This module defaults in its own resolution. There is a software blurring of the background that does not work perfectly. As you can see, one of the photos above tried to blur the sunglasses on the head, and did not do well anywhere with the line separating the background and the hair. But if you don't make the maximum blur, the picture is not bad.

Let's add that just the day before Nothing Phone's review was released.

♪ Authonom work ♪

Nothing Phone is Glyph's light. If you have a lot of calls and messages that you're gonna respond to, it's gonna affect your autonomy.

In our traditional Full HD video test with maximum luminance, with Wi-Fi and notifications, the smartphone lasted almost 14.5 hours, a result that is not outstanding but quite worthy.

Nothing Phone was supported by a 33W fast charger. The Power Delivery 3.0 standard has been applied. The manufacturer promises that the full smartphone will be charged in 70 minutes and 50% in half an hour. There is no charger in the charger, only a USB Type-C cable on both sides. Glyph's lighting during charging shows how much battery charge is filled.

I didn't have a 33W charge, but from a 20-watt cube, the smartphone is charging pretty fast, just like the USB Type-C port on the laptop. It's also supported by a 15-watt wireless charger Qi, and there's also a reverse wireless charger -- but only 5 W. Although that would be enough for accessories.

♪ Conclusion

Nothing's debut on the smartphone market can be considered a success. Nothing Phone is a very interesting smartphone. And not only because it's the first for a young, promising brand. First of all, it bribes with its design. Among hundreds of single-type smartphones, Nothing has been able to offer something really new. It would seem to be glowing and glowing, but it does. But it does.

I'd like to call it "Phone" by its characteristics, but it's a pretty wide choice of security tapes and glasses.

Many will think that the price of 469 euros for Nothing Phone is more like a smartphone for enthusiasts and those who want something very unusual. In that case, it's a good choice: "wow effect" is assured!

Dignity:

  • Amazing design and quality building; AMOLED-displies with up to 120 Hz update frequency; Android naked; good rear camera photography quality; good autonomy; wireless charger.

Disadvantages:

  • There's no memory card slot; there's full water protection; there's a power adapter in the kit; there's a problem with the video; there's a problem with the shot in the bad light.