We already know that the first or Nothing phone is coming soon, after official leaks and announcements about it, and recently we also learned that the phone will come with a series of light bars on the back.
But now, thanks to an in-depth phone video from Marques Brownlee, we have a much better idea of what those light bars will actually be useful to him. Brownlee’s video highlights various use cases, including having LED lights act as a battery indicator, alerting the user with light on unread notifications, or synchronizing flashes in time with ringtones.
The light strips on the back of the phone – which don’t have anything branded on them – consist of just over 900 individual LEDs built into the back of the phone. CEO Carl Pei previously didn’t hint in his interviews that the debut of Nothing could be a modern smartphone notification experience, but we now have a much better idea of how that actually works.
Here is a list of all the features that Brownlee’s video highlights from the first Nothing phone:
- All bars light up to show notifications.
- Lights the central circle or circle? Indicates wireless charging or reverse wireless charging.
- The bottom light bar can act as the charging progress bar.
- It can light up all the straps to act as a camera flash.
- All bars can flash in time with the phone’s ten built-in ringtones.
- Aside from the LED strips themselves, there is also a red LED that flashes while the phone is taking videos.
As part of the marketing campaign, Nothing started showing off its first phone ahead of its official launch on July 12th. The company published the design of the back of the phone last week and has already released a beta preview of the Android Nothing OS user interface. Internally, we know that the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, although other specifications have yet to be announced. We expect this to change as we get closer to the official phone launch on July 12th.