24 August 2022
Nothing has made some good headlines since the Phone 1 launch but recently, it also found itself in a controversy related to the phone's display brightness. The company originally marketed a peak brightness of 1,200 nits but as per tests run by ComputerBase, a German tech site, the phone's display was found to be reaching only 700 nits. It was the maximum brightness level the publication could attain despite using the device under special conditions meant to trigger even higher levels.
As one would expect, this led to a controversy about why did Nothing market a higher brightness level even though the phone is incapable of achieving the same. We finally have an official statement on the matter from the company. It says Nothing Phone 1's hardware is capable of offering 1,200 nits of brightness but it is the software that is putting limitations on it.
The company says it decided to limit the display's brightness intentionally. It was done to deliver a balanced user experience without affecting the heat and battery consumption of the device. A higher brightness level will undoubtedly result in higher battery consumption as well as heat generation. However, the statement suggests it may remove the cap from the brightness level if it hears users asking for it during the feedback.
Here is the official Nothing statement,
"The hardware is capable of reaching up to 1,200 nits peak brightness, but this is currently capped by the software to 700 nits. This decision was made to ensure a balanced user experience regarding heat and battery consumption. We look forward to hearing from our users about this and will monitor feedback closely to understand if this should be addressed in future software updates."
It is unknown exactly how Nothing hopes to get this feedback from customers. The statement also does not clarify the reason for marketing 1,200 nits of brightness when the company knew it has limited brightness levels to 700. However, it has now silently updated the website to reflect the achievable brightness level.