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Nothing shows off Phone 1 design ahead of official announcement

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Nothing been riding a hype wave in the tech community following the launch of their Nothing ear (1) earphones but now the company is showing off its first-ever smartphone called ‘Phone 1’ with a Tweet saying “So here it is.”

Nothing was founded by former founder of OnePlus, Carl Pei. Nothing acquired Essential, the fledgling startup who launched the Essential P1 and founded by Android founder Andy Rubin. Following the news, many began to speculate that Nothing could want to get into the smartphone industry, perhaps looking to replicate the success of OnePlus.

Recently, Nothing announced a partnership with Qualcomm then shortly after Twitter user 91Mobiles reported that the Nothing smartphone would release in early 2022 with a Nothing-branded Powerbank named Nothing Power (1) could launch ahead of the smartphones launch, even before the end of 2021. Unfortunately, no other information was provided. Given Nothing’s announcement of their Qualcomm partnership, it is probably safe to say the rumor Nothing smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon chip and would join the Nothing ear (1) earphones and supposed soon to release Nothing Power (1), making for an albeit small hardware ecosystem but a hardware ecosystem non the less.

The image of the Nothing Phone 1 shows light strips on the rear of the phone underneath the transparent backside of the device. The company will properly announce the Phone 1 at Nothing’s July 12 event.

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