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Nothing Lite Phone (1) Launch Doesn’t Happen, Company Founder Carl Pei Calls Rumor False

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Nothing founder Carl Pei has called reports of the Nothing Lite (1) phone “false”. His one-word response came just days after a report claimed that Nothing is developing a slimmed-down version of its Nothing Phone (1), which may launch in India soon, likely ahead of Diwali. Since the report is inaccurate, it means that there could be only one Nothing product in 2022, namely the smartphone. Last year, Nothing launched its white edition of Nothing Ear (1), but then released a black variant of the TWS headphones. This year, the company has already unveiled the black and white editions of Nothing Phone (1).

Pei’s response might upset a few fans as the Nothing Lite Phone (1) was supposed to be much more affordable than the existing Phone (1). A leak citing unnamed “sources” even noted that pricing could start at Rs 24,999 for the base 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Other rumors associated with the Lite version were a 5,000 battery mAh, an in-box charger and a plain back panel. If the rumor was true, buyers would have had the option of buying a traditional-looking smartphone without the flamboyant rear panel that includes LED lights.

The Nothing Phone (1) undoubtedly offers a distinct look, and it’s one of the few phones in the Rs 35,000 range to feature a metal frame and glass body. During our review, we found the phone to stand out thanks to its black LEDs, clean software experience, and decent cameras. However, some also found the phone too expensive, especially to house a processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G + SoC) which powers some mid-budget smartphones at around Rs 25,000. The packaging also does not include charging, and the 45W proprietary charger costs 2,499 rupees in India.

The price of the phone (1) in India starts at Rs 32,999 (8GB RAM and 128GB storage) and goes up to Rs 38,999 (8GB RAM and 256GB storage).

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