The Nothing CMF Phone 1: What We Know Now

As we all anticipate the next big thing, Nothing is gearing up to introduce its CMF Phone 1 under its affordable CMF sub-brand. I previously wrote an article about it but I didn’t have much information, well now I do since they did their 9-day teaser video series about the phone. Slated for a grand reveal on July 8th, this new device promises to shake up the market with unique features and an emphasis on customization.

Customizability

One of the most intriguing aspects of the CMF Phone 1 is its focus on customizability. Teasers from Nothing suggest that this phone will feature a unique dial on one of its bottom corners, which can be used to attach accessories. This dial is reminiscent of the aluminum alloy dial on the CMF Buds, which allows a lanyard to be attached to the earbuds’ charging case.

The light-up glyphs, a standout feature of the Nothing Phone 1, Phone 2 and Phone 2a, won’t be making an appearance here. Instead, the CMF Phone 1 will have its own flair with the rotating dial that can accommodate various attachments. These could include a lanyard mount, a folding kickstand, and potentially other functional add-ons. This innovation hints a feeling whereby your phone isn’t just a static piece of tech but a versatile tool tailored to your needs.

Easy Repair

In another nod to user convenience, the CMF Phone 1 will feature easily accessible screws and a tiny screwdriver, continuing the brand’s aesthetic and practical theme. This design choice suggests the phone will have an easily removable rear panel, which can be swapped out for different colors or functional enhancements. The colors teased so far include black, blue, light green, and orange, giving users a range of options to personalize their devices.

This modular approach might also imply that users could swap out the rear panel to add a larger battery, similar to the Mophie Juice Pack or Motorola’s Moto Mods. Alternatively, it could allow for the addition of a wallet feature to hold credit and ID cards. While Nothing hasn’t confirmed if this will extend to internal components like the battery, the emphasis seems to be on visual and functional customization.

The Hardware Specs

Image credit: Nothing

While Nothing has been tight-lipped about the exact hardware specifications, leaks and rumors provide some clues. The CMF Phone 1 is expected to be an affordable yet capable device, aligning with the CMF brand’s mission to offer quality tech at a lower price point. Here’s what we might expect based on industry trends and the features of Nothing’s previous models:

Display

  • Size: 6.67 inches
  • Type: Full-HD+ AMOLED
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Processor

  • MediaTek Dimensity 7300

Battery

  • Capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Charging: Fast charging support (exact specifications not confirmed)

Operating System

  • Nothing OS (based on Android 14)
  • Updates: 2 major Android updates and 3 years of security patches

Camera

  • Rear: Specific details not confirmed yet
  • Front: Specific details not confirmed yet

Customization

  • Dial: Can attach accessories such as a lanyard or a folding kickstand, similar to the CMF Buds’ dial.
  • Swappable Rear Panel: Available in black, blue, light green, and orange colorways. May allow for additional functionalities like attaching a battery pack or a wallet.
  • Repairability: Easy access to the rear panel with a tiny screwdriver matching the brand’s aesthetic, hinting at potential for easy repairs or customizations.

While much of the specific hardware details remain under wraps, the customization options and the focus on easy repairs are key highlights for the CMF Phone 1.

Accessories and Additional Devices

Alongside the CMF Phone 1, Nothing is also set to launch the CMF Buds Pro 2 and the CMF Watch Pro 2. The CMF Buds Pro 2 will be a follow-up to the successful CMF Buds Pro, offering improved sound quality and perhaps new features like enhanced noise cancellation. The CMF Watch Pro 2 is expected to continue using a proprietary OS, similar to its predecessor, focusing on seamless integration with other CMF and Nothing devices.

The Big Reveal

Mark your calendars for July 8th at 5 AM ET. Nothing’s “Community Update” event will not only showcase these new devices but also provide insights into the company’s vision for the future. Will the CMF Phone 1 set a new standard for affordable smartphones? Will its customizable features resonate with consumers looking for more than just a generic handset? Let’s find about to find that.

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