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Nothing Phone (1): The supposedly disruptive design looks like an iPhone

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Nothing, the cool and trendy startup of Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, is preparing the launch of the Nothing Phone (1), its first smartphone that is supposed to disrupt this market that has become so boring and non-innovative. But the first snippets of the Nothing Phone (1) design teased on Twitter simply look like the design of an iPhone 13.


  • Nothing teased parts of the design on the back of its Nothing Phone (1) on Twitter.
  • We can guess straight and angular slices and a large camera lens.
  • The Nothing Phone (1) is scheduled to be launched on July 12, 2022.

I know I'm showing it very badly, but I'm still very hyped for the Nothing Phone (1) launch. I really want to check out this smartphone, and I sincerely want to see Nothing turn its original gimmick into a real product philosophy. But with all this infinite teasing Nothing is doing on social networks, I'm starting to get tired of seeing them blowing smoke.

Since June 13, Nothing has been teasing the dowel and going for the hype by revealing some tiny parts of the design on the back of its Nothing Phone smartphone (1).

So we were treated to two beautiful 3D visuals of colorful parakeets perched on the Nothing Phone (1) of which we can only glimpse a part of the upper cross-section and the right side edge, both seen from behind. As a reminder, the latest rumors agree on a transparent design for the Nothing Phone (1), in the same line as the one adopted by the Nothing Ear (1) headphones tested here at NextPit.

The only visible parts of the smartphone being white on a white background, the transparent side of the Nothing Phone (1) is not really noticeable. But, in response to one of Nothing's latest tweets, some people had fun making collages with the few visuals shared by the brand.

With this montage worthy of my collages made on GIMP, we can see that the look of the Nothing Phone (1) is not as disruptive as expected. At least in my eyes.

Nothing Phone 1 montage photo design
This collage made from the visuals unveiled by Nothing shows, in part, what the Nothing Phone (1) will look like / © Nothing, @Kunal1696/Twitter

We find straight and angular metallic edges, rounded corners and a big circular camera lens on the top left of the back of the smartphone. In short, the Nothing Phone (1), at least what we can see of it, looks no more and no less than an iPhone 13. Personally, I don't feel too transcended and my hypometer is as low as the step counter of my smartphone (that's a joke about me not moving enough).

Last point, after I promise I'll stop blowing smoke around two poor JPEGs published on Twitter. But this look, or this part of the design, looks a bit like the concept of the Nothing Phone (1) by the well known Ben Geskin.

Anyway, I'll let you make your own opinion. But I'm curious to know what you think of the Nothing Phone (1) design. Do you think it looks like an iPhone, too? And what do you think about my ability to stitch a 600 words article from a photo collage made by a complete stranger (@Kunal1696, thank you!)?

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Antoine Engels

Antoine Engels
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Black belt in specs sheet analysis. OnePlus fanboy in (slow) remission. Average estimated reading time of my articles: 48 minutes. Tech deals fact-checker in my spare time. Hates talking about himself in the 3rd person. Dreams he was a gaming journalist in another life. Doesn't get the concept of irony. Head of editorial for NextPit France.

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    storm Jun 15, 2022 Link to comment

    He's using the generic hardware designs the industry supplies and dressing it up with hype. Unless he has better driver integrators than he did at one plus, this is going to stink at release.