Nothing Phone preview (1) highlights internal components and unified design

what you need to know

  • The Nothing phone (1) will feature a translucent design similar to the Nothing ear (1).
  • Nothing founder Carl Pei focused on a unified design for upcoming smartphones and the Nothing ecosystem.
  • The sketches show possible designs for the upcoming phone.

As the world awaits the full unveiling of the Nothing(1) phone, founder Carl Pai has taken a moment to tease the design of the next smartphone. In an interview with Wallpaper, Pei and Nothing’s lead designer Tom Howard talked about his inspiration for the phone and more about what to expect this summer.

In a long-awaited 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 get the interior out, and that meant working with the engineers to start from first principles,” says Howard. “There are over 400 components in a smartphone, assembled in layers. We wanted to celebrate the ‘good’ ones, the things we thought were really cool to emphasize.”

(Image credit: Swim Through Wallpaper)

Howard described the engineering process as a “puzzle” because the company wants to highlight components like the cameras and charging coil, among other items. To do this, Nothing was inspired by a 1972 New York subway map designed by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda.

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