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Nothing made a splash in the electronics world with the release of the Nothing ear (1) headphones. Carl Pei, formerly of OnePlus, is the company’s founder, and many are eager to see what Nothing does next. Nothing previously bought Essential earlier this year after obtaining $15 million in Series A funding, leading many to believe that the business might release a smartphone in the future. That appears to be the case now, as a recent report claims that Nothing plans to release its first smartphone in early 2022.

The information comes from 91Mobiles, who spoke with Mukul Sharma, also known as @stufflistings, just a few days after Nothing announced a relationship with Qualcomm. The story doesn’t say much about the device other than that it would be released early next year. According to the same report, 91Mobiles, a Nothing-branded power bank dubbed “Nothing Power (1)” could be released before the smartphone. It’s likely to be released within the next several weeks, or by the end of the year at the very least.

The information is limited, but the most we can tell you right now is that the smartphone will have a Qualcomm chipset. Nothing now sells only the ear (1) earbuds, which the firm teased for months before their release. If the firm is working on a phone that will be released at the beginning of next year, we may see some teases shortly.

The acquisition of Essential by Nothing led many to anticipate that the partnership would employ the company’s Home smart hub and speaker technology, which it had been working on before closing business last year. Nothing’s Carl Pei has already acknowledged that the company is working on a variety of smart home goods. Before its shutdown, Essential was also developing on a novel smartphone design called GEM, which raises questions about Nothing’s aspirations to enter the smartphone industry in the not-too-distant future.

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