Nothing CMF Phone 1: First Impressions and Review

Nothing CMF Phone 1: First Impressions and Review

Nothing has entered the budget smartphone market with the release of its first device under the CMF brand, the CMF Phone 1.

This smartphone stands out with its user-swappable back panel and a robust Mediatek 7300 chipset, blending affordability and functionality.

Starting at INR 15,999 for the 6/128 GB variant, the CMF Phone 1 is exclusively available in India. The 8/128 GB model, priced at INR 17,999/£209/€239, will be available in all markets where Nothing operates. The high-end 8/256 GB version, costing £239/€279, will not be sold in India but will be part of Nothing’s “US Beta Program.”

Color options for the CMF Phone 1 include Black, Orange, Blue, and Mint Green. The phone supports various accessories like a stand, lanyard, or card case, each priced at £19, with a new rear panel costing £29.

The CMF Phone 1 features a 6.67″ Super AMOLED display, offering Full HD+ resolution and a peak brightness of up to 2,000 nits. The display supports a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 240 Hz touch sampling rate, ensuring smooth and responsive user interactions.

For selfies, the device includes a 16 MP camera in a punch-hole cutout, while an under-display fingerprint scanner enhances its sleek design. On the back, the CMF Phone 1 is equipped with a 50 MP f/1.8 main camera and a 2 MP depth sensor, catering to photography enthusiasts.

A key design feature of the CMF Phone 1 is its easily replaceable back panel, allowing users to switch colors or replace damaged panels effortlessly. This promotes aesthetic flexibility and durability through easier repairs.

The CMF Phone 1 operates on Nothing OS 2.6, layered over Android 14, offering personalization options such as an AI Wallpaper Generator. It promises two years of major Android updates and three years of security updates, ensuring sustained performance and security.

Powering the device is a 5,000 mAh battery, supporting 33W wired charging and 5W reverse wired charging, although it lacks wireless charging. With an IPX2 certification for water resistance, the phone can withstand light water exposure and has been tested for durability.

The CMF Phone 1 will be available for purchase on cmf.tech and Amazon, with the launch date to be announced soon.