Nothing has stated from the beginning that the wireless in-ear headphones (1) (test) are only the first step and that many other technical areas will be devoted to in the future. This should now be tackled with more money, a partnership with Qualcomm and the success of the ear (1).
50 million US dollars for development
Because Nothing was able to raise capital of 50 million US dollars from investors in a further financing round, which is now to be used to advance research and development, which is to lay the foundation for entry into new product categories. The company has not yet revealed which category Nothing has chosen for its next product, however, there are first concrete indications.
Qualcomm with Snapdragon and 5G as partners
At the same time, the company announced a partnership with Qualcomm and explicitly referred to the use of Snapdragon products. Chipsets and platforms from Qualcomm are to be used in future products to power the new products and network them wirelessly. Qualcomm specifically refers to the Snapdragon mobile platform with 5G connection. With Qualcomm you want to implement your own vision of a future without hurdles between people and technology. Even if this still leaves some leeway, a smartphone from Nothing is at least the most likely option at the moment.
Seamless connectivity is paramount to achieving our vision of a future without barriers between people and technology. We look forward to working alongside Qualcomm Technologies and our strategic investors to achieve Nothing's next phase of growth.
Carl Pei, CEO and co-founder of Nothing
By combining the power and efficiency of Snapdragon mobile platforms with 5G connectivity across many different categories of devices, we are fostering the development of innovative products that are intended to benefit consumers and deliver richer, more immersive experiences.
Enrico Salvatori, Senior Vice-President and President, Qualcomm Europe
ear (1) sold over 100,000 times
Nothing also commented on the launch of the wireless in-ear headphones ear (1), in which the technology is visibly hidden inside under transparent plastic. More than 100,000 copies of the ear (1) have been delivered since mid-August, which is proof that the company's idiosyncratic approach is successful and that there is room for another challenger in the tech market, according to Nothing. Since August 17th this year, the ear (1) can be ordered directly from Nothing for 99 euros.
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