Carl Pei’s new smartphone project, Nothing, showed off the phone (1) at the Ar Basel fair. There, the company also announced that the first 100 units produced will be auctioned by StockX and that all proceeds will go to a community-managed fund.
The auction started earlier today and will end 48 hours later. Again, there are only 100 units available and each one has its serial number engraved on the side. If you want a piece of mobile technology history, you need to create an account with StockX and place a bid.
The first Nothing phone (1), one of 100 limited edition copies
The bidding started low at just $156, but the highest bid has already risen to $2,000 (at time of writing) and is likely to continue rising. If you’re interested, here’s the phone (1) page on StockX.
The launch event for the Nothing phone (1) will take place on July 12, so only a few details are known at this point. Even the design hasn’t been fully shown yet, we’ve only seen the back and sides. Of course, this auction is not about buying a new smartphone, but about bragging and drawing attention to the phone (1).
The Nothing phone (1) has a 100% recycled aluminum frame, 50% eco-friendly plastics and cool lights
An interesting thing to note is the warning on the StockX page: “Nothing phone (1) is not fully supported in North America.” Presumably this is an issue with supported bands, but more importantly, it suggests that Nothing is planning to launch in the US (OnePlus is one of the few Chinese brands to get a foothold there).
Anyway, if you’re planning to use one of these limited edition Nothing phone (1) handsets, you can find the supported carriers for each country on this page. And you should know that the delivery takes up to 35 days, which probably coincides with the regular release of the phone (1).