The CMF Phone 1 could be way cheaper than Nothing's budget phones

CMF by Nothing launch date
(Image credit: Nothing)

What you need to know

  • The CMF Phone 1 is expected to be more affordable than Nothing's current budget models, with a starting price of around INR 12,000 ($140).
  • The phone is reported to feature a 6.5-inch display with Gorilla Glass protection, a single rear camera, and a MediaTek Dimensity 5G SoC.
  • It will likely run on a version of Nothing OS that doesn't have all the features of the OS on higher-end models.

A new leak just uncovered details about CMF by Nothing's upcoming phone, and it might be cheaper than Nothing's usual budget models.

Nothing's sub-brand CMF has been keeping a low profile since its debut, focusing on budget-friendly devices like a smartwatch and earbuds. Now, it seems the company is gearing up to enter the smartphone race, with a new model expected to launch later this year.

91mobiles reports that CMF by Nothing’s next phone will be called the CMF Phone 1. It's said to sport a plastic body and be available in three colors: black, white, and orange.

This release might not make huge waves, but if the latest report holds true, the starting price sure could. According to the report, the CMF Phone 1 is set to retail at around INR12,000, which is about $140.

Compared to the Nothing Phone 2a, which retails at $349, it sounds like the CMF Phone 1 will be a more affordable entry-level option, positioned a tier below Nothing's latest budget Android offering.

The CMF Phone 1 is rumored to include a decent-sized 6.5-inch display with some Gorilla Glass for protection. On the back, there's supposedly a single camera, but details about the sensor are still under wraps.

CMF phone 1 render with orange back

(Image credit: 91mobiles)

Under the hood, the CMF Phone 1 might come equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 5G chipset. Plus, it's rumored to include a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging.

The leak also suggests the phone might run a stripped-down version of Nothing OS, so don't expect all the bells and whistles. But at least the report says the sub-brand is promising three years of software updates and four years of security patches.

This is all based on leaks, so there's a lot we still don't know for sure. The actual design could be a big deal for people deciding if they want this phone.

Jay Bonggolto
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Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He has been writing about consumer tech and apps for as long as he can remember, and he has used a variety of Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. Send him a direct message via Twitter or LinkedIn.

  • Stanley Kubrick
    I have no doubt that a phone like this (whether this one or another one) is more than enough to satisfy the needs of the majority of end users today!