The Nothing phone (1) could reportedly launch with a Snapdragon 778G+ chip and not a flagship-level processor.
Despite a full design reveal and a closer look at the Glyphy Interface lights on the back, the specifications of the awaited Nothing phone (1) have remained a mystery for a long time. Now a couple of weeks away from its launch, we have our first leak that suggests that the phone (1) could be powered by a Snapdragon 778G+ chip.
A tweet by trusted tipster Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) suggests that the Nothing phone (1) will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ chipset. The chipset seems to be an upgraded version of the regular Snapdragon 778G, but is not the latest in the series, which would be the more recent Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.
The Snapdragon 778G+ chip will reportedly have a primary performance core clocked at 2.52GH and the Adreno 642 GPU for graphical tasks. The leak also mentions that the Nothing phone (1) could come with Android 12 out of the box and 8GB RAM.
In other news, we also recently learned that the Nothing phone (1) will not be selling in the US, at least for now, and that the brand has chosen to launch the device only in the Asian and European markets for now.
Nothing phone (1): What we know so far
The Nothing phone (1), which is launching next month on July 12 will come with a semi-transparent back design along with the brand’s new Glyph Interface lights. The phone is also now tipped to be powered by the upper mid-range Snapdragon 778G+ chip.
Along with this, the phone is also expected to support both wired and wireless charging, and also come with a dual-camera on the rear and a single front facing camera encased in a top-left punch-hole cutout. We should soon know more about the device in the weeks leading up to the launch.
The Nothing Phone (1) will initially be sold via an invite system only
Unlike already established tech giants with household names like Apple and Samsung, however, Nothing does not have the resources to go full out and produce millions of units straight off the bat. That is why former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s Nothing is taking a page from his last company’s book and will initially sell the Nothing Phone (1) to a select group of people via an invite system.
This information is coming straight from Nothing’s latest hype/promotional video for the Nothing Phone (1), where Pei explains the following:
"When you’re making a very complicated product like a smartphone, It takes some time to ramp up. We could either wait until we’ve accumulated a lot of phones and start the sales then, or we can start selling as soon as possible. We chose the latter."
He later goes on to add that the phone will first go to the people who deserve it the most, meaning the company’s early supporters. OnePlus had a very similar tactic in its inception days when it came out with its first handset, the OnePlus 1.
Thankfully, unlike the OnePlus 1, the Nothing Phone (1) will spread to a wider audience after initially being sold to early supporters and community members, so we won’t have to wait too long for the phone to be widely available. That being said, the US market might have to wait for another year or so.
While OnePlus was selling its first phones via invites only, those who managed to buy one also had the option to then invite their friends to do the same. Nothing has not mentioned anything of this sort yet, but there is some possibility for this "friend system" to be integrated here as well.
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