Nothing Phone (1) will be Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC and Not a Flagship one: Carl Pei Explains Why

Nothing founder Carl Pei explained the reasons to go ahead with the mid-range chipset, stating that it boiled down to performance, efficiency and cost.


Nothing Phone (1) is among the most hyped smartphones of 2022. The company has confirmed that it will launch its first smartphone on July 12. Ahead of the launch, Nothing has started teasing and confirming the key specifications of the Nothing Phone (1). The latest teaser reveals the performance unit details of the Nothing Phone (1).

Nothing founder Carl Pei, during an interaction with Input Mag, revealed that the company’s first smartphone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC. The confirmation comes days after MySmartPrice spotted the device on Geekbench and reported about the same on July 23. 

Why does the Nothing Phone (1) have a mid-range chipset?

Pei stated that the Snapdragon 778G+ SoC is custom-tuned for the Phone (1). The chipset isn’t the most powerful Qualcomm chipset. Pei explained the reasons to go ahead with the mid-range chipset, stating that it boiled down to performance, efficiency and cost. The OnePlus co-founder feels phones have reached a point of good enough performance for general tasks and more powerful chips have diminishing returns. Additionally, the 778G+ chip is more power-efficient, which means longer battery life.

The Snapdragon 778G+ SoC also offers support for wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Pei claimed that Qualcomm, (an investor in Nothing) added these features specially for the Phone (1).

The choice of chipset also helps keep the cost low, which translates to the device being more accessible to the masses. Ironically, the Phone (1) will be available for purchase via an invite-only system for the initial weeks. The company stated that it wants its community members to get their hands on the device before anyone else. Also, an invite-only system will help understand the demand, which will help the company manufacture units and not have excess inventory.

There are reports of Nothing being in talks with Reliance Digital for the sale of its first smartphone in India via offline stores. However, the company has not confirmed anything about the same. We do know that the smartphone will be available for purchase via Flipkart on July 12 for those who pre-order or have an invite. 

Also Read: [Explained] Nothing Phone (1) Invite System: What is it? How to Get an Invite to buy Nothing Phone in India

The specifications of Phone (1) have leaked online. It will come with a transparent back with LED strips for the Glyph Interface. These LED lights can be customised as per the use case.

Nothing is also said to launch the device with a 50MP main camera and a 16MP ultrawide camera. It will sport a 6.55-inch Full HD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate support. The Phone (1) is rumoured to launch at a starting price of $397, which is roughly Rs 31,300. It will arrive in 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB and 12GB + 256GB storage options. The device is said to launch in two colours – Black and White.