Carl Pei’s Nothing brand will release its first smartphone, the nothing phone (1), this summer, 2022. The company revealed some details about the upcoming phone in March, and now it has unveiled some critical partnerships in an attempt to roll out the phone globally. Nothing has teamed up with the UK’s O2, Germany’s Telekom Deutschland, and India’s Flipkart to make the gadget available in those markets.
O2 will be the exclusive network partner for Nothing in the UK, with the phone available to UK customers across O2’s online and retail store network. In Germany, Telekom Deutschland will be the exclusive operator for the phone (1), with customers able to purchase the smartphone online and in selected stores.
In India, Nothing has partnered with Flipkart, an e-commerce marketplace, to bring the device. Flipkart is also exclusively selling the Nothing ear (1) TWS earbuds.
According to previous information, the nothing phone (1) will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile platform and will run on the Android-based Nothing OS, which is designed to allow easy connections and integrations with other devices as well as a bloatware-free experience. Aside from this, the company has stated that the smartphone will receive three years of OS updates and four years of security patches.
It is apparent from this information that the nothing phone (1) will be released in India along with the global launch. The company is also expected to build more partnerships in other regions as well. In the upcoming days, we should know more about the smartphone and its launch date.
Regarding these business partnerships, Carl Pei, CEO and Co-founder of Nothing, said,
When we started Nothing we wanted to bring back the excitement we once felt for the tech industry. Joining forces with leading telcos and retailers, we look forward to shaking up the smartphone market together. We can’t wait to reveal phone (1) to the world later this summer.
Regarding Flipkart’s partnership with Nothing, Ajay Veer Yadav, Senior Vice President, Flipkart, said,
As a customer-centric platform, we always bring new innovative products and brands that fulfil ever evolving customer aspirations. We are delighted to bring Nothing’s much awaited phone (1) to Indian consumers and we are confident that it will be another exciting milestone in the smartphone industry.