2022 could be an exciting year for Android fans, as a new rumor suggests that OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei is creating a ‘Any‘smartphone. Any long-time OnePlus fan will know that the company has made some major changes in recent years. While OnePlus started out as an enthusiast brand focused on great specs and low prices, it is in a very different place today. Carl Pei left the company in October 2020, OnePlus is preparing to merge its OxygenOS platform with Oppo’s ColorOS, and its product line is now very reminiscent of any other major smartphone brand.
Shortly after leaving OnePlus last year, Carl Pei announced his own tech company called ‘Nothing’. Nothing’s first product ended up being a pair of true wireless headphones, called Nothing Ear (1). The headphones didn’t get perfect reviews, but they were mostly praised for offering good audio, an impressive design, and a competitive price. Now, Nada is preparing to set her sights on something much bigger.
According to a new report from 91MobilesNothing is gearing up to launch its first Android smartphone in early 2022. The report does not go into great detail about the device, it simply indicates that the site has “I learned exclusively from well-known insider Mukul Sharma that Nothing will launch its first phone.” He also teases that Nothing will release the Nothing Power battery bank (1) “In the next weeks,” but all the attention is obviously on the rumored smartphone.
Although this report does not share any specific details about the Nothing phone, it is not hard to imagine what that might entail. If the Ear (1) headphones are any indication of Nothing’s hardware ambitions, a phone from the company could be seriously beautiful. Nothing’s headphones are lightweight, comfortable to wear, and their transparent design with carefully packaged internals is beyond impressive. If Nothing’s phone manages to deliver the same combination of practicality with unique aesthetics, it could have a solid design advantage over much of the competition. It’s also safe to assume that the Nothing phone’s Android experience will be reminiscent of the old OxygenOS, that is, a stock-like interface, robust customization options, and a few select feature plugins to keep it light.
It’s certainly fun to speculate on Carl Pei’s return to the smartphone space, but how much weight does this rumor really carry? In fact, there is a bit of it. Don’t forget that Nothing acquired Essential in February, a purchase that included all of the latter company’s trademarks, logos, and other branding material. While Essential was short-lived, the Essential PH1 was a pretty solid Android phone. The company also teased its GEM Project successor in late 2019, though it was ultimately scrapped after Essential’s swift demise. Nada also announced a $ 50 million partnership with Qualcomm earlier this week. In a press release, Nada says the funds will be used to “research and development in preparation for the brand’s entry into new product categories as part of its ecosystem.”
It is very possible that this report is inaccurate and that there is no smartphone Nothing. However, all signs point to the opposite being true. If the rumored Nothing phone is real, 91Mobiles says wait “progress and reports” In the next weeks.