CMF Phone 1 camera revealed – Nothing's next phone to belie its budget price

But there's a twist to the tale with that second camera lens

CMF Phone 1
(Image credit: CMF)
Quick summary

CMF has been teasing the specs of its upcoming CMF Phone 1 through a series of posts on X.

Now, it's been revealed that the CMF Phone 1 will have a 50-megapixel main camera. The second rear lens is a "portrait sensor".

CMF is on a mission to tease, revealing the specs of its forthcoming budget smartphone through a series of posts on X (formerly Twitter). There's been a missing piece of the puzzle so far, however, which has finally been rectified. We finally know what the CMF Phone 1's camera will offer.

First, we get a closer look at the design of the cameras on the rear of the phone. They sit in their own segment, alongside the visible screws around the body of the phone.

CMF has made a lot out of the screws, with a small screwdriver included as part of the package, allowing for customisation of the device, which will have changeable back covers. 

But back to the camera: there are two lenses on the rear of the phone, with the main camera detailed as having a Sony 50-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 lens. That's all the hardware detail that we get – there's no mention of optical image stabilisation and we don't know exactly which sensor module it is.

Nothing says it will capture "bright and immersive" photos and it's described as a premium sensor, offering 2x zoom. The company has shared some images here.

But the CMF Phone 1 won't actually offer a dual-camera system. The second lens on the rear is a "portrait sensor", claiming to enhance the offering when taking portrait photos and giving you that bokeh effect with a blurred background.

In the introductory video on Instagram, Supersaf says that "Nothing has focused on one great main camera sensor instead of trying to trick users by turning the portrait sensor into a poor camera just to say there's a dual camera." 

Take from that what you will, but it sounds exactly like Nothing has added an additional sensor to the rear of the phone to look like a dual camera, while claiming that it's there for "extra data".

The front camera is 16-megapixels, but again that's the only information we have about it.

CMF has now basically revealed every aspect of the CMF Phone 1, so it's only really the software and user experience that remains to be revealed.

It's clear that CMF wants to do something different and the design of the phone will make it stand out from other devices in this category. With the ability to add accessories to customise the phone, if nothing else, this is going to be a phone that's different.  Will that make it one of the best budget phones? It's looking likely.

The phone will be announced on 8 July with the price expected to be around £200.

Chris Hall

Chris has been writing about consumer tech for over 15 years. Formerly the Editor-in-Chief of Pocket-lint, he's covered just about every product launched, witnessed the birth of Android, the evolution of 5G, and the drive towards electric cars. You name it and Chris has written about it, driven it or reviewed it. Now working as a freelance technology expert, Chris' experience sees him covering all aspects of smartphones, smart homes and anything else connected. Chris has been published in titles as diverse as Computer Active and Autocar, and regularly appears on BBC News, BBC Radio, Sky, Monocle and Times Radio. He was once even on The Apprentice... but we don't talk about that.