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

Carl Pei thinks there is something wrong with the smartphone industry. Like many of us, Pei is starting to feel that new phones aren’t as special as the devices of five or ten years ago.

He thinks the big players are all circling the same ideas in smartphone design. (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 engineering design. “Maybe we can lower the brain a little bit and increase intuition,” Pei said. View our full interview with the former co-founder of OnePlus.

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Although we have not yet tested the device properly, the Nothing Phone 1 is already available for pre-order – you just need an invite. Warning: Nothing has said that the Phone 1 won’t officially come to North America after a closed beta for a handful of private community investors. The device should work, but will not have full support.

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