Here is the first-ever hands-on video of the smartphone

The Nothing phone (1) is showing at the moment ahead of its official launch on July 12th. After presenting its design, we are now entitled to the smartphone’s first video grip and it is signed by MKBHD.

The world’s first handling of the Nothing phone (1) // Source: MKBHD

The announcement of the Nothing phone (1) is not expected before July 12, but the smartphone does not seem to want to wait and already wants to come out of hiding to reveal itself to the whole world. We were able to observe its design for the first time and learn more in a behind-the-scenes video of the brand, since then the device has even been auctioned off (only the first 100 models).

Limited edition #the100 units available immediately. Only at @stockx: https://t.co/weS66dQVAm pic.twitter.com/cMvr4TMGTC

– Nothing nothing) June 21, 2022

However, the smartphone now reveals the complete handling in a first video.

A little tour by the owner

It was the YouTuber MKBHD who had the privilege of doing this first test of the famous transparent smartphone. The company therefore continues to use teasing as its weapon of choice in its strategy, leaking information through small touches leading up to its event.

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In this video we can take a closer look at the complete front and back design of the smartphone. We can see here that the Nothing phone (1) will have a screen with borders in all equal parts and a hole for the front camera that will be in the top left corner of the screen. Screen whose exact dimensions are not yet known.

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The front of the Nothing phone (1) // Source: MKBHD

A light back well used

Nothing has given the pattern on the back of LEDs a nice little name: “Glyph”. These LEDs appear to be designed to offer very specific and controllable applications through a dedicated interface. This page, called “Glyph Interface,” offers many customization options related to the pattern on the back.

For example, we will have light patterns that react differently to 10 types of ringtones. Each diagram can thus be assigned to a specific contact. But also hints on phone notifications, use of the Google Assistant, animations according to the user’s bedtime schedule, etc. The videographer indicates that at launch we are entitled to different types of light patterns for the notifications of certain applications.

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Different ring patterns are built into the smartphone // Source: MKBHD

The pattern can also respond to more specific uses. The central part lights up when wireless charging, reverse or not, is in progress. The small exclamation mark at the bottom is used to show the charge status of the smartphone in real time. All you have to do is shake the phone to retrieve it.

The smartphone’s LEDs can also light up together to serve as an additional light for the camera and to surpass the performance of a normal flash. There is also a red LED on the back of the smartphone that indicates that a recording is in progress.

A feature called “Flip to Glyph” also allows you to prop up the smartphone for less distracting use, allowing you to receive notifications and calls without the light on.

Looking at all the uses that have been thought of here, it becomes clear that this pattern is by no means random and every detail can have its operational interest. When and at what price it will be offered remains to be seen.


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