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Nothing Phone (1) display brightness controversy finally gets company's response

Nothing has acknowledged the display brightness issue of the Phone (1) and released a statement amid mounting complaints.

Nothing Phone 1 Display

Nothing Phone (1) comes with Android 12-based software.



Nothing Phone (1) has faced criticism ever since it debuted. Sometimes over the delayed deliveries. Sometimes over the fact that there is no charger in the box. But recently, the criticism involved the display brightness specifications being different from those advertised. Nothing has now acknowledged the issue and released a statement amid mounting complaints. Also Read - Nothing teases upcoming announcement and it's hard to guess

In a statement to Android Authority, Nothing said that the display hardware of the Phone (1) is capable of showing the advertised brightness. But the software of the phone caps the maximum brightness level. Nothing claims the Phone (1) display can run at a peak brightness level of 1,200 nits in its advertisements and website. However, a recent teardown revealed the maximum brightness is capped at 700 nits — irking users who bought the phone based on that claim. Also Read - Nothing Phone (1) is now back in stock on Flipkart: Price, sale offers, specs

“This decision was made to ensure a balanced user experience regarding heat and battery consumption,” said Nothing. It added that in case Nothing Phone (1) users want to use higher brightness levels on their phones instead of the existing ones, there are chances the feedback will be “addressed in future software updates.” Also Read - Nothing Phone (1) to get Android 13 Beta by the end of this year, Stable in 2023

Nothing Phone (1)’s top brightness isn’t 1200 nits

Nothing also explained different brightness levels to avoid confusion, which may be the reason behind all the criticism. According to Android Authority, the 0-500 nits is the normal range of brightness levels for the Nothing Phone (1). The display cranks up the brightness to those levels in usual conditions. The 500-700 brightness levels kick in only in the auto-brightness mode and when the phone faces an intense light source. The 700-1,200 range is what the company calls a “special mode”, and it is currently unavailable to users, thanks to software restrictions.

The statement by the company dials down on the criticism, but it fails to explain why Nothing chose to use the 1200 nits of brightness in the marketing material for the Phone (1). If for some reason, Nothing had to limit the top-tier brightness levels on the Phone (1), it should never have publicised what it could not deliver. Besides, the phone was also at the centre of complaints about the build and camera quality.

  • Published Date: August 17, 2022 9:34 AM IST
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