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Review: Nothing Phone (1)



The Nothing Phone (1) has finally arrived in the Middle East region. One of the most anticipated Android phones, the Nothing Phone (1) enters an already crowded market. So, how then do you make yourself stand out of the crowd?

Well, the team behind Nothing Phone (1) might have had the same predicament. Hence, they chose to go with design, aesthetics, an outstanding Glyph interface, and lots more to compete with the best mid-range smartphones out there on the market.

I tested the Nothing Phone (1)’s 8GB+128GB variant for a couple of weeks and I have to say that I am impressed with all the bells and whistles this phone offers. The Nothing Phone (1) is the second offering from the London-based startup, which has already received positive feedback for its Nothing Ear (1) true wireless earbuds.

The phone comes neatly packed in very minimal packaging – the company also throws in a SIM ejector tool, a USB-C charging cable, and the quick start guide. The packaging does not include the earphones, the charging adapter, or a phone case.

Pick up the phone and you will quickly realise what all that hype is all about. The overall design and build quality are top-notch. On the front, you get a 6.55-inch OLED display that offers a resolution of 1080-by-2400 pixels. The display offers a refresh rate is 120Hz, a peak brightness of 1200 nits, and support for HDR10+.

The aspect ratio is rated at 20:9, while the screen-to-body ratio is 85.8%. The display also has a fingerprint scanner built-in. The display also supports Always On Display and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

On the left edge of the device, you get the volume rockers, while the right edge houses the power button. On the top edge, you get the noise-cancelling microphone, while the bottom edge has the SIM slot, the USB-C port, a second noise-cancelling microphone, and the speaker grille.

The sides of the phone also exude a high-end feel and are constructed using recycled aluminum. However, the transparent rear panel of the phone is where all the magic happens. It not only houses the phone’s dual camera module, but it also reveals a look inside the phone, which is all covered by black plates.

Taking things a step further, Nothing has also integrated LED strips into some of the components of the phone. According to the company, over 900 individual LEDs were meticulously placed and secured with a yellowish glue layer to prevent light bleeding and neutralise blue wavelengths. Despite the seemingly straightforward addition of LEDs, the process was evidently quite intricate.

These LED strips collectively form the “Glyph” interface. The strips flash in synchronisation with incoming notifications and calls, with the option to assign distinct light shows and sound to different callers. This feature can be particularly useful when the phone is placed face-down on a table, allowing you to know who is calling without having to flip it over. App notifications also trigger the Glyph interface, although you cannot customise the settings for specific contacts or applications.

Nothing has equipped the phone with a collection of 10 custom ringtones and an equal number of notification sounds, each paired with distinct flashing light patterns. In addition, the Glyph interface provides several other functions.

For instance, when using Google Assistant, the exclamation mark-shaped Glyph located at the bottom of the screen serves as a microphone indicator for voice commands. The same Glyph fills up to reflect the current battery charge level when the phone is connected to a charger. The large C-shaped Glyph that surrounds the wireless charging coil briefly illuminates when an accessory is being reverse-wirelessly charged.

The Nothing Phone (1)’s hardware is fairly typical for a mid-range device, with one notable exception. Despite its Snapdragon 778G+ chipset, this phone has the ability to support both wireless and reverse-wireless charging, a feature that is typically reserved for higher-end models. Nothing collaborated closely with Qualcomm to enable this functionality, which is not normally supported by the 778+ processor.

The processor is paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone comes with the Android 12 operating system out of the box, and we were able to update it to Android 13. The Phone (1) also supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, has NFC on board, and can work with up to two SIM cards simultaneously. There are also stereo speakers on board.

The overall performance of the Phone (1) is quite good. I did not encounter any lags or stutters during my day-to-day usage scenario. While the Phone (1) isn’t a gaming phone, it did hold its ground during gaming sessions.

The camera also performs quite well. We shot a few images under good lighting conditions and also tried night photography. In both instances, we got some really good-looking shots as seen in the samples below:

So, should you get the Nothing Phone (1)? If you’re looking for a unique mid-range phone that is sure to catch people’s attention, the Phone (1) is certainly a compelling option.

Price: AED 1399

Nothing Phone (1) AED 1399
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Nothing has also integrated LED strips into some of the components of the phone. According to the company, over 900 individual LEDs were meticulously placed and secured with a yellowish glue layer to prevent light bleeding and neutralise blue wavelengths.

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TEAMGROUP Launches the MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD



Team Group has launched TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 Solid State Drive, featuring the latest 3D QLC NAND technology, combining cutting-edge technology with the trend of demanding high storage capacity to meet daily system and file storage needs. TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD utilises the latest 3D QLC NAND, offering capacities of up to 4TB. With the PCIe Gen4 x4 interface and SLC Caching technology, it achieves maximum sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,400 MB/s and 6,500 MB/s, respectively.

The MP44Q SSD operates with low power consumption, catering to all document processing and storage applications, significantly enhancing work efficiency. Paired with TEAMGROUP’s exclusively patented graphene heat dissipation sticker, whose thickness is less than 1 mm, eliminating the potential for mechanical interference in any assembly, coupled with the native heat sink of the motherboard, such an arrangement effectively addresses the heat generated by high performance, extending the SSD’s lifespan.

Additionally, it supports TEAMGROUP’s exclusively patented SSD intelligent monitoring software, S.M.A.R.T., allowing for quick and easy configuration and testing, effortlessly monitoring the quality and performance of the SSD. The product also provides the latest QLC high-speed Gen4 x4 SSD to cater to various storage needs for both life and work.

The packaging of TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD adopts recyclable packaging materials and has passed RoHS, REACH, and other environmental protection certifications with the effort of contributing to sustainable living. The product comes with a comprehensive 5-year warranty, ensuring consumer confidence in product quality. It is expected to be available globally starting in early May 2024.

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Nothing Intros Ear and Ear (a) Powered by ChatGPT



Nothing has revamped its audio product line with two new wireless earbuds: Nothing Ear and Nothing Ear (a).

The company also announced groundbreaking ChatGPT integration for its earbuds and smartphones, marking an industry first.

The new earbuds represent a culmination of three years of design and engineering, catering to both audiophiles and everyday listeners.

“Ear” prioritizes audio quality, while “Ear (a)” is designed for daily use.

Features of the Nothing Ear:

  • Enhanced Sound: Custom 11mm drivers and a refined dual-chamber design deliver richer audio with crisper highs and clearer sound.
  • High-Resolution Audio: Supports LHDC 5.0 and LDAC codecs for high-fidelity Bluetooth streaming.
  • Advanced Equalizer: Offers extensive customization options through the Nothing X app, including pre-sets and personalized profiles based on hearing tests.
  • Industry-Leading Noise Cancellation: Features Nothing’s most effective ANC yet, with Smart ANC auto-adjusting for optimal noise reduction (up to 45 dB).
  • Extended Playtime: Up to 40.5 hours of battery life with the charging case, with fast charging capabilities.
  • Improved Call Clarity: Advanced Clear Voice Technology and wind reduction design for clear calls.
  • Seamless Connectivity: Dual Connection allows switching between devices, while Low Lag Mode reduces audio delay for gaming.

Features of the Nothing Ear (a):

  • Eye-Catching Design: Features Nothing’s signature transparency with a playful bubble design and a vibrant yellow color option.
  • Noise Cancellation on Demand: Offers ANC with Smart and Adaptive modes for personalized noise reduction (up to 45 dB).
  • Powerful Sound: Delivers deeper bass thanks to its new driver and dual-chamber design.
  • Hi-Resolution Audio Certified: Supports LDAC codec for high-quality Bluetooth streaming.
  • Long Battery Life: Up to 42.5 hours of playtime with the charging case, with fast charging capabilities.
  • Dual Connection and Low Lag Mode: Provides seamless connectivity and reduced audio lag for a smooth user experience.

Nothing is pushing boundaries by integrating ChatGPT with its earbuds and Nothing OS. This allows users with the latest Nothing OS and ChatGPT to access AI capabilities directly from their earbuds and smartphones through pinch-to-speak functionality. Further integration within Nothing OS is promised, including screenshot sharing and Nothing-styled widgets. Nothing Ear will be priced at AED 549, while Nothing Ear (a) will be available for AED 379. Pre-orders in the UAE start on April 22nd.

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Shure Launches the new MV7+ Microphone



Shure has launched its new hybrid XLR/USB dynamic microphone with the launch of the MV7+ Podcast Microphone. The MV7+ is aimed at those seeking to capture broadcast-quality audio in even the most challenging of spaces. With Shure’s cutting-edge Voice Isolation Technology, the focus lies on the user’s voice, avoiding annoying background noises and ensuring outstanding audio for every recording and streaming session.

It also includes a new, innovative onboard Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engine which powers a suite of advanced features, like an improved Auto Level Mode, a Digital Popper Stopper for enhanced plosive control, Real-time Denoiser, and Adjustable Reverb. Thanks to its unique full-touch LED live meter display and numerous customization options, the MV7+ sets a new standard in sound quality and personalization while diving into a vibrant world of colour.

To elevate the user experience to the next level, the MV7+ podcast microphone integrates with the free, new MOTIV Mix Desktop app, Shure’s latest MOTIV software interface. MOTIV Mix provides users with the ability to configure all aspects of the MV7+. The software also offers multi-track recording and routing to support users with greater control of their live streaming and recordings. With MV7+ and MOTIV Mix, it’s easier than ever to sound authentic, freeing up creators to let their imagination shine brightly.

“Modern content creators and streamers are constantly searching for new ways to customize their set-up and sound to set themselves above the pack,” said Sean Sullivan, Associate Director of Global Product Management at Shure. “The MV7+ is our answer to this challenge. It builds off the legacy of the MV7 and delivers broadcast-quality audio in any setting while empowering creators with intuitive customization and control. Through our latest DSP innovations and the new MOTIV Mix desktop app integration, the MV7+ is set to redefine excellence in audio recording for every session.”

New Features and Benefits:

  1. Multi-Color LED Touch Panel: Elevate the audio experience with a customizable LED touch panel. Choose from over 16.8 million colours to visualize your sound levels or engage an ambient pulse effect. A simple tap anywhere on the LED Panel Live Meter instantly mutes the microphone, ensuring privacy and control.
  2. Real-time Denoiser: Leverage the advanced DSP technology of the MV7+ to eliminate background noise. It works in harmony with the microphone’s Voice Isolation to deliver pristine sound, even in less-than-ideal recording environments.
  3. Digital Popper Stopper: Remove harsh plosive sounds to avoid acoustic distractions and a cumbersome physical pop filter on camera.
  4. Improved Auto Level Mode: Intelligent audio adjustment adapts the microphone gain based on the distance, volume, and room dynamics, providing perfectly balanced sound automatically.
  5. Onboard Reverb: Choose from three types of onboard reverb settings–Plate, Hall, Studio—and set intensity levels to add desired depth and richness to recordings.
  6. Hybrid XLR and USB-C outputs: The MV7+ integrates into any setup as it provides hybrid USB-C and XLR output and connects seamlessly with your laptop or phone (iOS and Android), offering unparalleled flexibility and ease of use.

Shure has also announced the new MOTIV Mix software for the MV7+ microphone. This platform allows users to customize the LED panel, access up to five multi-track recording and routing channels, and fine-tune settings like sound signature, gain, and more. A Beta version of the new software will be available to experience with the MV7+ at launch, helping users reduce the number of apps needed to streamline their workflows. Key features of MOTIV Mix include:

  • Multi-channel Mixer: Control multiple channels of audio to record, monitor or use your mixed audio for your live stream.
  • Soundcheck: Check your mic’s gain setting and optimize it with the help of Soundcheck.
  • A redefined Monitor Mix Slider: Mix mic output and system audio playback levels individually.
  • Full access: to advanced DSP features of your MV7+ Podcast Microphone.

MOTIV Mix will soon be compatible with other legacy MOTIV products such as the MV7 and the MVX2U, serving as a building block for forthcoming software innovations and premium features. The MV7+ Podcast Microphone comes in two colours (black and white). The black MV7+ is available now at Shure’s official partners and Amazon. This summer, the white version will be available along with a special bundle, the MV7+ Podcast kit, that includes the microphone in black and a Gator mic stand. Each purchase comes with a 3m USB-C to USB-C cable, a printed quick start guide, and a MOTIV MIX Art Card with download instructions. Other accessories such as a 15-inch USB-C to lightning cable and a replacement foam windscreen are available for purchase individually.

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