After Carl Pei left OnePlus, he created a company cleverly named Nothing. Some months after that, Nothing was able to launch its first product, the Nothing Ear 1, a pair of true wireless earbuds. The Nothing Ear 1 got quite a lot of popularity amongst enthusiasts as OnePlus with Carl Pei used to be enthusiasts’ favorites. Recently, Nothing hinted at launching its first-ever smartphone sometime in early 2022.
This is not a surprise to anyone who loves the smartphone tech community as Carl Pei was the co-founder of OnePlus before leaving them to found Nothing.
Nothing announced a partnership with Qualcomm earlier this week, saying it would use the Snapdragon series of chips to power its “future tech products.” This suggests that these first and future smartphones from Nothing will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform. OnePlus also once used to have a partnership like this with Qualcomm.
Also, something to note is that the Nothing smartphone may include Essential’s trademarks, logo, tech, and patents as Nothing acquired the brand earlier this year.
Also, Nothing is expected to launch a new power bank before the launch of the Nothing smartphone which will be called the Nothing Power (1).
Since Carl Pei left OnePlus, it has moved towards a more mainstream smartphone brand now neglecting the enthusiasts whom they once cherished. Also, OnePlus has begun to be more like its sibling, Oppo in terms of software as they now plan to have a unified UI.
As a tech enthusiast, I hope the Nothing smartphone will eventually fill up the void OnePlus left. Will Nothing be able to live up to the enthusiasts’ demands and give us a proper flagship killer? I guess we will all have to wait and see what they do as the Nothing Ear 1 was not much of what enthusiasts want.