What do you want to know
- The Nothing (1) phone will feature a translucent design similar to the Nothing (1) earbuds.
- Nothing founder Carl Pei focused on a unified design for upcoming smartphones and the Nothing ecosystem.
- The sketches show potential designs for the next phone.
As the world waits for the full unveiling of the Nothing(1) phone, founder Carl Pai took a moment to tease the design of the upcoming smartphone. In an interview with Wallpaper, Pei and Nothing’s Head of Design, Tom Howard, talked about their inspiration for the phone and what we can expect this summer.
In a somewhat expected move, the Nothing(1) phone will sport a translucent chassis that the company hopes will help consumers appreciate the inner workings of a smartphone.
“From a design perspective, we really wanted to make the interior pop, and that meant working with the engineers to start from first principles,” says Howard. “There are over 400 components in a smartphone, put together in layers. We wanted to celebrate the ‘goodies’, the things that we thought were really interesting to showcase.”
Howard described the engineering process as a “headache” as the company wants to highlight components such as the cameras and the charging coil, among other things. To do this, Nothing was inspired by a 1972 New York subway map designed by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda.
Of course, Nothing’s first product, the Nothing Ear (1), was also inspirational, as the company aims for a consistent design across all of its products, according to Pei. “The Phone (1) and the Ear (1) will clearly belong to the same family, and as we complete the rest of our product portfolio, we will maintain the same philosophy.”
This follows Pei’s previous teaser of the next phone, where he outlined how he wanted the Nothing family of products to challenge Apple’s ecosystem with one of its own, with the phone (1) at the center of it. -this. This includes Nothing OS, which is currently available for preview on some of the best Android phones. However, we will have to wait until this summer to have a complete picture of the OS and the phone.
You can head to Wallpaper (opens in a new tab) to read the full interview.