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Nothing phone (1) vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: A new king?


Nothing phone (1) vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: A new king?

The Nothing (1) phone is the new face in town, but how does it compare to the best Android smartphone on the market? Read on to find out.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra was voted the best Android flagship phone and blew us away with its brilliant display, powerful performance, and versatile camera. However, could that change with the launch of the Nothing(1) phone? This new device certainly turns heads with its illuminated rear panel, but we’ll also look at the specs to get a first idea of ​​how the two might compare.

We haven’t had enough time to fully review the Nothing(1) phone yet, so keep in mind that this is a very early spec-based review rather than a deep dive, and we’ll update this page when it’s complete. review is posted.

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The Nothing Phone (1) certainly looks a bit different from the rest of the phones on the market, and that is precisely one of its main selling points. The overall design may remind you a bit of the iPhone 13, with its flat screen, curved corners, and dual-camera sensors; however, you won’t see the LED light array on the back of products from Apple or any other major phone manufacturer. It’s not just decoration, by the way, as unique lighting patterns indicate who’s calling and there’s a bar that shows the charging status while charging.

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On the other hand, we weren’t very impressed with the design of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. For one thing, there’s the scale of the thing, which is tall, bulky, and wide, so you’ll have a hard time holding it easily in one hand. The decision not to include a dedicated camera module, instead leaving the sensors bare and exposed, is also a confusing decision that didn’t endear us to the device.

However, the S22 Ultra also has its own USP in the form of its handy S-Pen, which is stored in a silo built into the phone. This is useful for notes and sketches, and it certainly stands out from the crowd.

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As for the appearance, it seems that our preference would go for the Phone (1).


The Nothing(1) phone comes with a 6.55-inch OLED screen and premium features. Its support for HDR10+ and 10-bit color depth should make it punchy and immersive, while the 60-120Hz adaptive refresh rate should make it pleasingly smooth on the eye. The resolution is 1080p and the panel is Corning Gorilla Glass, so it should be sturdy.

Nothing Telephone (1)

The S22 Ultra’s screen is bigger, at 6.8-inches, and it also comes with excellent specs, including HDR10+ and a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, but there are a few areas where it beats the bill. Nothing Phone (1). For one, it has a much higher resolution of 1440 x 3088 pixels and features Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+, the latest generation of screen protector that should be highly resistant to scratches and damage.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

We heaped praise on this screen, with our reviewer Max Parker saying, “In my opinion, the screen looks like one of the best, if not the best. The colors pop without being gloomy and the detail is simply unmatched.


The Nothing Phone (1) has two camera sensors on the rear, Wide and Ultra Wide, and each has a resolution of 50 megapixels. We haven’t had a chance to test them yet, but they should offer some versatility even if there’s no telephoto lens for optical zoom.

Speaking of versatility, the S22 Ultra offers a lot thanks to its four-sensor array. With a 108-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses (one with 3x optical zoom and one with 10x optical zoom), it’s ready for just about anything.

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We were very impressed with the quality of the resulting images from the S22 Ultra, describing them as follows: “Colors are rich and vibrant and details are sharp.” Where the S22 Ultra particularly excels is in its market-leading zoom capabilities. Even at 10x zoom, as shown below, images remain clear and usable.

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The Nothing Phone (1) will face an uphill battle competing with the S22 Ultra on its photographic merits, but we can’t wait to see how it fares.


Nothing Phone (1) is powered by the Snapdragon 778G+ chipset, which sits in the upper mid-range of Qualcomm’s lineup and features 5G connectivity. We haven’t had a chance to put it to the test yet, but we expect it to deliver respectable levels of performance, albeit a bit below what the best flagship processors can achieve.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

There are two variants of the S22 Ultra when it comes to the chipset, some using the Exynos 2200 and some using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In our tests, we found the latter delivered higher levels of performance, but both were capable. to offer very high benchmark scores and excellent gaming performance.


The Nothing Phone (1) has a 4,500mAh battery capacity, which is decent if it falls short of the 5,000mAh cells we’ve seen in many mid-range rivals. As we haven’t yet had a chance to see if it holds up during the day, we can’t give a full assessment yet. However, it’s worth noting that there’s 33W fast wired charging here too, which is supposed to recharge the battery by 50 per cent in half an hour, and it’s capable of wireless charging too.

With the S22 Ultra, we found battery life to be “good but not revolutionary”. It lasted us all day before turning red, but you won’t get multi-day stamina if you use it a lot. Wired charging capability got us to 100 per cent in about an hour, and there’s also 15W slow wireless charging on board for added convenience.


This is one of the main differences between the two phones in question. While the Nothing Phone (1) is expected to retail for an affordable £399, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a flagship price to match its flagship performance: it costs £1149, nearly three times as much as its rival. If you’re looking for value for money, you can find it at Nothing Phone (1), but the S22 Ultra is only for those with substantial means.

First impressions

It’s too early for us to decide one way or the other between these two phones. However, at this point we can say that we like the design of the Nothing Phone (1) and its screen specifications seem solid for the price. However, in other specifications, especially related to performance, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is likely to have the upper hand. That’s not surprising, given the price difference, but we’ll have to do rigorous testing in the coming days to show if that’s really the case.

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