The Morning After: Nothing’s Carl Pei wants to make smartphones exciting again

Carl Pei believes there is something wrong with the smartphone industry. Like many of us, Pei feels that new phones just aren’t as special as they were five or ten years ago.

He believes that the big players in smartphone design are all revolving around the same ideas. (Something that’s been true for at least a decade.) And that’s where his new company, Nothing, comes in. Pei wants to bring some originality back to mobile technology design. “Maybe we can turn the brain down a bit and turn up the intuition,” Pei said. Watch our full interview with the former OnePlus co-founder.

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While we haven’t properly tested the device yet, the Nothing Phone 1 is already available for pre-order – all you need is an invite. Word of warning: Nothing has already said that the Phone 1 won’t be officially coming to North America beyond a closed beta for a handful of private community investors. The device should work but is not fully supported.

Me? Well I live in the UK. I’m sorry for that.

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