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The first design sketches reveal the unusual new look of the Nothing phone (1)


The first design sketches reveal the unusual new look of the Nothing phone (1)

The first design sketches of the Nothing(1) phone have been published by Wallpaper magazine, giving us our best look yet at the highly anticipated phone.

Most phones don’t make their design debuts in fancy cultural monthlys, but Carl Pei and his colleagues were keen to point out from the start that the Nothing(1) phone won’t be like other phones.

In an exclusive interview with Wallpaper magazine, co-founder Carl Pei and Nothing’s design director Tom Howard revealed some early sketches of the phone and revealed a glimpse of its innovative look.

The image above, which is our best look yet at the mystery device set to be revealed this summer, shows that the brand will take a similar approach to the Nothing Ear true wireless earbuds (1), with a transparent back showing what’s inside. components

Speaking about the design and engineering challenges this creates, Tom Howard said: “From a design perspective we really wanted the interior to stand out, and that meant working with the engineers to start from first principles. There are more than 400 components in a smartphone, assembled in layers. We wanted to celebrate the “goodies”, the things that we thought were really worth highlighting… From an industry perspective, you are looking at components that the end user normally never sees, so you almost have to review the entire manufacturing process. to highlight them.

Interestingly, Howard named subway maps as one of the design team’s influences, due to the way they clarify and order an otherwise complex system of lines and connections.

Speaking about Nothing’s design philosophy, Carl Peri said: “One of the problems we saw with the tech industry was that no one had a consistent way of designing products. Outside of Apple, you can see his consistent vision. But if you had a table full of other manufacturer’s products, you wouldn’t really see it. From the beginning, we wanted to have our own distinctive and iconic design language.

Prior to this in-depth interview, the only glimpse we had of the Nothing(1) phone was the cryptic hieroglyph that was revealed when the device was first announced. We still know very little about how the device will turn out, although it seems that the preparation for the launch could be peppered with hints similar to those above to increase media hype.

At least we know that it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip; maybe even the recently announced Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. In addition, we also take a look at the Nothing OS launcher beta, the phone’s user interface, which is a very basic and simple affair similar to stock Android that doesn’t He did a lot to whet our appetite for the phone.

Scheduled to be unveiled this summer, the Nothing(1) phone will be exclusive to the O2 network in the UK and will also be available through Flipkart in India and Telekom Deutschland in Germany.

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