Nothing Phone (1) Glyph Interface explained: what is it, how does it work, and more

Here's everything you need to know about the Nothing Phone (1)'s Glyph Interface.

Highlights
  • Nothing Phone (1) comes with Glyph Interface LEDs at the back panel. 
  • The LED lights show charging percentage, call notifications, and wireless charging engagements.
  • Nothing says more customisation to Glyph Interface will come via software updates. 

A few days ago, we saw the Nothing Phone (1) hands-on video ahead of launch, which not only revealed the complete design but also showcased the Glyph Interface of Nothing Phone (1)’s rear panel. The back of Nothing Phone (1) houses a Dual-camera setup, a red dot video recording indicator, and LED lights that show charging percentage, call notifications, and wireless charging engagements, which the London-based startup likes to call Glyph Interface. In this article, we will take an in-depth look at what is Nothing Phone (1) Glyph Interface, how it works, and much more. So without any further ado, let’s dive into it.

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What is Nothing Phone (1) Glyph Interface?

Nothing Phone (1) Glyph Interface

The Nothing Phone (1)’s Glyph Interface houses five lightning strips, which according to Youtuber Marques Brownlee, have over 900 LEDs. The Glyph Interface system in the Nothing Phone (1)’s setting menu controls these LEDs, but more on it later. The LEDs on the back will either glow simultaneously or independently to let the user know who’s calling or the battery charging indication.

How does Nothing Phone (1) Glyph Interface work?

Nothing Phone (1) Glyph Interface

As mentioned above, the Glyph Interface system in the Nothing Phone (1) setting menu allows the user to control and customise the LEDs on the back. The user can tweak the brightness of the LEDs and set the customised ringtone of an individual person, and the lightning strips will sync with the ringtones.

The menu also allows you to use the Flip-to-Glyph feature that only works when the Nothing Phone (1) is flipped upside down. It pulses the lights to indicate notifications or an incoming call. The LEDs also show you wireless charging engagements and how much the battery is charged, but you’ll have to wiggle the phone a bit.

Nothing Phone (1) Glyph Interface

Further, the Nothing Phone (1) Glyph Interface can also be scheduled to turn on or off at a particular time of the day or set to silent mode with lights-only notifications for deeper focus. Nothing says, “these are just the introductory features, and more customisation will come via software updates.”

Nothing Phone (1) specifications (expected)

Nothing Phone (1) is said to come with a 120Hz OLED panel, which will get its juice from an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ processor. It will likely run on Android 12-based Nothing OS out of the box. Nothing Phone (1) could come with a 4,500mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging. The handset has a dual rear camera setup and a left-aligned selfie shooter at the front.

Key Specs

Nothing Phone 1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus | 8 GBProcessor
6.55 inches Display
50 MP + 50 MPRear camera
16 MPSelfie camera
4500 mAh Battery
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Review Summary

Expert Rating3.5/5

Design
★★★★★
★★★★★
Display
★★★★★
★★★★★
Software
★★★★★
★★★★★
Camera
★★★★★
★★★★★
Performance
★★★★★
★★★★★
Battery
★★★★★
★★★★★

Pros

  • Stylish, unique design
  • Clean software
  • Capable primary camera
  • Supports wireless charging

Cons

  • Doesn't ship with a charger
  • Slow 33W charging speed
  • Display's peak brightness not the best
  • Facial recognition is finicky
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