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See the Nothing Phone 1's Transparent Back, Flashing Glyph

A close up look at the quirky, flashing Nothing Phone 1.

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The Nothing Phone 1 is the first phone launched by UK-based startup Nothing. It's an Android-based handset, with some decent specs and a quirky design featuring a transparent back panel and LED lights that flash when you have incoming notifications.

But the most exciting thing is its affordable £399 price tag. It's on sale in the UK and Europe now. There's currently no firm plans for a US launch for the phone, but it will likely reach the US eventually. For now, that £399 price converts to roughly $470 or AU$700.

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The back panel is transparent, allowing you to see the different interconnected pieces.

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The only Nothing branding is this subtle logo in the corner.

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It's certainly an unusual design and it might not be to everyone's tastes. 

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The edge is made from aluminum, giving the phone a premium feeling when you hold it.

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Considering the design and the LEDs, finding good case options might be tricky.

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Nothing calls this set of LEDs the "glyph."

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They light up when you have incoming notifications like calls or emails, but they can also be used as an LED light when recording videos.

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It's a dramatic look that I haven't seen on any other phone.

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The phone charges over USB-C.

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The company was founded by Carl Pei, one of the co-founders of OnePlus.    

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The phone's 6.55-inch display makes it feel large.

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The display uses OLED technology and is bright and vibrant.

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The screen fills the front of the phone.

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The Nothing 1 uses Android 12 at its core.

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The interface has been kept intentionally clean, with no preloaded apps.

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There's a dual camera on the back.

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It offers a standard view and an ultrawide view, both of which have 50-megapixel resolutions.

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The exposed screw heads give it an almost industrial feel.

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How it performs against similarly priced phones remains to be seen.

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