Updated with official comment from Nothing, original article is below:
“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.
Background/context – the minimum 500 nits can be achieved in usual conditions – depending on the environment and the content you’re viewing on the device. Product team believe the range of 0-1200 nits for hardware is correct. The software is capped at 700 and this has been tested. They look at software update in future to reach peak 1,200.
0-500, normal range.
500-700 high brightness range. only trigger in auto brightness mode under strong light environment.
700 – 1200 special mode, not available for now due to software limitation.”
When the Nothing Phone (1) was officially announced, one of the advertised features was that its display could go up to 1,200 nits in peak brightness, which is actually really bright. But it turns out that the company might have made some changes, according to a report from ComputerBase.
According to the report, it seems that despite all their tests, the Nothing Phone (1) only managed to hit a max brightness of around 700 nits. They then reached out to Nothing who then confirmed that peak values were around 700 nits. The company also later made some changes to its website to reflect that (the original can be viewed here).
We’re not sure why the company made changes to the phone’s brightness. Perhaps allowing it to hit 1,200 nits resulted in worse battery life than they previously thought, but it would have been nice to let consumers know about those changes ahead of time. It is also not the first time the Nothing Phone (1)’s displays have run into issues.
That being said, there is some good news. Nothing has also told the publication that they are thinking about pushing out a software update in the future that could allow the display to hit the advertised 1,200 nits. Whether or not they do remains to be seen, but it’s something you should think about if you’re planning on getting the phone.
Source: XDA Developers