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Nothing’s smartphone might become something in 2022

On the back of a new partnership with Qualcomm

Most Android fans probably expected OnePlus founder Carl Pei’s new company, Nothing, to focus on developing a smartphone. Instead, it burst onto the scene with more manageable goals in mind, releasing a range of flashy, translucent wireless earbuds earlier this summer. With that first ever terrifying product launch out of the way, maybe it’s time for Nothing to release something we assumed would always come.

The company plans to launch a smartphone sometime in early 2022, according to a new leak from 91Mobiles. Unfortunately, if you expected to hear something concrete about the device — specs, prices, maybe even a product name — you’re left with, well, nothing. Everything about this phone remains a mystery and will likely remain so until we start seeing teasers sometime in the coming months.

Still, it’s not surprising to hear that the company is expanding its portfolio. Earlier this year, nothing bought the remains of another tech startup, Essential, which seemed to hint at future plans for some sort of mobile device.

Not that the company rejects outside help, of course. Today’s rumors came just days after Nothing announced another round of funding and a partnership with Qualcomm to boost “future tech” products for the company. There’s no guarantee, of course, but that certainly sounds like a smartphone — something Qualcomm is no doubt happy to hear.

It’s not the only product currently in development. In keeping with its original focus on accessories, the company is reportedly planning to release a power bank called Nothing Power (1) sometime before the end of 2021.

We’ll have to keep waiting to find out what a “Nothing Phone” might look like, though we hope it retains the clear housing last seen on the company’s headphones. With the lineup of Android manufacturers looking smaller than ever, it might not be a bad time for a new competitor to step into the ring. Let’s hope they bring something new to the table.

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Will Sattelberg (618 articles published)

Will has been an Android enthusiast since he got his first smartphone in 2011. He enjoys watching movies, has an endless backlog of video games and produces a comedy podcast in his spare time. He lives in Buffalo, NY and is willing to give you chicken wings recommendations at any time. Just ask.

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