The Nothing Phone (1) was released earlier this year and impressed many with its value-for-money proposition and its unique design. But while it has been available in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, the device is still out of reach of US consumers.
That could change soon. Nothing founder Carl Pei has told CNBC that the Phone (1) was a no-show stateside due to the complexities of the market while adding, “Now we are in discussions with some carriers in the US to potentially launch a future product there.”
One would expect that the company would want to enter the territory with its Phone (2) smartphone but that seemingly won’t be the case. Pei has revealed through his Twitter that the said device “isn’t launching anytime soon” as the Phone (1) is still their main focus.
Phone (2) isn't launching anytime soon. We're focused on doing a few things well, and won't churn out dozens of products a year like many others.
Phone (1) is our main focus. We're cooking something really great in terms of software, Android 13 and beyond.
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) December 5, 2022
This means, if and when Nothing launches its smartphone business in the US, it will most likely be with the Phone (1), which has sold more than 500,000 units since its arrival in July this year. The firm’s Ear Stick wireless buds are already available in the US though.
They adopt the company’s trademark transparent design and offer a custom 12.6mm dynamic driver. These ergonomically designed earbuds deliver up to 7 hours of listening time and up to 29 hours with their case.
The Nothing Phone (1) is also highlighted by its transparent rear surface and its Glyph Interface which features unique light patterns on the rear to indicate different things. Dual 50MP cameras find their way onto its rear surface, while the phone also offers a 120Hz display and Snapdragon 778G+ processor.
Whenever it does arrive in the US, Nothing will have a big challenge to face in the form of Apple, whose dominance in the smartphone space is unprecedented.