[Exclusive] Nothing phone to launch in early 2022, Power (1) power bank also in the works

After Nothing Ear (1), the company is working on its first smartphone and Power (1) power bank as well.

Highlights
  • Nothing smartphone is in the works and it will launch in early 2022.
  • Nothing Power (1) power bank will launch before the Nothing phone.
  • Nothing has announced a partnership with Qualcomm.

Nothing made a striking entry with Ear 1 TWS earbuds, with a unique transparent design and ANC (active noise cancellation) at an affordable price point. The startup recently announced a partnership with Qualcomm which suggested the brand may soon foray into smartphones. Now, 91mobiles has exclusively learned from noted tipster Mukul Sharma that Nothing will launch its first phone by early 2022. This suggests the brand is already silently working on a phone. Will it be called Nothing Phone (1)? Well, we should start seeing some teasers and reports in the coming weeks.

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Details are slim to none about the Nothing phone specifications at the moment. But the brand’s partnership with Qualcomm suggests that the device will be powered by a Snapdragon chipset. Nothing’s philosophy is about offering simple and minimalistic-looking products, which is encapsulated in the Nothing Ear 1’s transparent design. So is a transparent phone on its way?

Back in February, Nothing had acquired Andy Rubin’s Essential company, which launched the Essential Phone 1 back in 2017. The acquisition process was completed on January 6th, 2021. It’s possible that Nothing’s first smartphone could utilise Essential’s tech as all the existing Essential trademarks, logos, and more now belong to Carl Pei’s startup. If that’s the case, Nothing may introduce a Home Smart Hub that Essential was said to be working on and a speaker that would run “Ambient OS”. However, there were speculations that Nothing may have purchased Essential to gain access to its patent catalogue based on “voice-enabled home setup and voice setup instructions”.

Furthermore, Mukul Sharma tells us that a Nothing-branded power bank, called Nothing Power (1), could launch before the Nothing smartphone. We can expect it to debut in the next few weeks or before the end of the year. That’s it for this exclusive leak about Nothing’s future product lineup. We hope to learn more about the Nothing phone and other products that could be in the works soon. Stick around.