After months of anticipation, Nothing has stated that its debut product, the Nothing Phone (1), won’t be the flagship many anticipated, but a mid-range device powered by the Snapdragon 778.

A mid-range phone is officially NOTHING PHONE (1). Nothing CEO Carl Pei told Input in an interview that the Snapdragon 778 processor, a definite mid-range alternative, will power the Nothing Phone (1).

That comes shortly after a leak revealed the rest of the Phone (1)’s specifications, including its 6.55-inch, 120Hz display, 4,500 mAh battery, and 8GB of RAM. A 50MP primary camera, a 16MP secondary camera, and a 16MP selfie camera are reportedly part of the camera array.

Many people are shocked by this entire situation because the Phone (1) was long anticipated as a flagship product. That anticipation most likely resulted from Peis’ prior involvement with OnePlus, a company known for starting out by selling high-end gear at more reasonable costs.

Pei’s motivation for utilizing this mid-range CPU in the Nothing Phone, though, is different (1).

THE SNAPDRAGON 778: WHY? Pei claims that the Snapdragon 778 was selected for the Nothing Phone (1) due to its performance, battery usage, and price balance. According to Pei, the benefits of more powerful chips are waning and the 778’s higher power efficiency would extend the device’s battery life.

This resembles Pei’s sales pitch for the OnePlus Nord series, the last OnePlus project he directed, in large part because both used less powerful CPUs to produce more reasonably priced but nonetheless functional handsets.

Notably, the Snapdragon 778 differs from the standard Snapdragon 778G, which was initially introduced in May 2021. It has the same octa-core CPU, GPU, and networking modem as the normal Qualcomm product, but supports additional functions.

Support for wireless charging and reverse wireless charging is specifically mentioned.

These are characteristics Qualcomm typically saves for its higher-end chips, but something must have persuaded Qualcomm to include them in this chip designed just for phones (1), which is, well, quite astounding given how unproven this firm is and how narrow the market it is aiming for.

Google’s 9TO5 It remains to be seen how everything plays out for Nothing, but in this author’s perspective sticking with a mid-range chip feels like a decision that will pay off. The majority of users probably won’t even be able to tell their phone doesn’t have a flagship chip if Nothing can nail the optimization, which lowers expenses.

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