the modular smartphone that wants to shake up the entry-level market

the modular smartphone that wants to shake up the entry-level market
the modular smartphone that wants to shake up the entry-level market

The CMF Phone 1 immediately stands out for its atypical look compared to other smartphones currently on the market. Available in black, neon orange or sea green, it sports a modular design with a removable back cover. This original approach not only allows you to customize the phone’s appearance, but also to add various accessories such as a kickstand, a neck strap or a magnetic holder. The replacement covers integrate well. Its design does not quite match the leaks.

CMF Phone 1

According to the brand, this modularity aims to offer more flexibility to users. However, it should not be seen as a highly repairable smartphone: access to internal components remains limited. The CMF Phone 1 instead focuses on aesthetic and functional customization. The polycarbonate (plastic) finish may seem less premium than the glass used on the higher-end Nothing models. Nevertheless, the texture and perceived quality remain satisfactory for this price range.

Solid technical features for the entry level

Despite its aggressive price positioning, the CMF Phone 1 does not skimp on the technical specifications:

  • 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Processeur MediaTek Dimensity 7300 compatible 5G
  • 8GB RAM and 128 or 256GB storage (expandable via microSD up to 2TB)
  • 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging and 5W reverse charging
  • Dual 50 + 2 megapixel rear photo sensor
  • 16-megapixel front-facing sensor for selfies
  • Android 14 with Nothing OS 2.6 interface

These specifications put the CMF Phone 1 in an interesting position in the entry-level segment. According to the brand, the aim is to offer a smooth user experience on a daily basis, without major compromises.

Decent performance for everyday use

The MediaTek Dimensity 7300 processor, combined with 8 GB of RAM, offers satisfactory performance for most common tasks. Browsing between applications and using social networks is smooth. For gaming, the CMF Phone 1 shows its limits on the most demanding titles. However, it remains quite capable of running less demanding games smoothly. The Nothing OS 2.6 interface, based on Android 14, provides a refined user experience close to stock Android. Fluidity is there in most situations, even if we can note some occasional slowdowns during intensive use.

The mobile has a 5000 mAh battery which allows it to offer good autonomy, according to the brand and should last much more than a single day. The 33W fast charge allows you to recover a little charge. If it is not the fastest charge on the market, it remains acceptable for a smartphone in this price range. Note that wireless charging is not present, but a 5W reverse charge is available to charge small accessories.

CMF Phone 1

A decent photo shutter

The CMF Phone 1’s camera module consists of a 50-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the 16-megapixel front sensor is there to do a decent job in most situations. Despite its many strengths, the CMF Phone 1 is not without its flaws. The limited protection rating (IPX2) makes the device vulnerable to dust and splashes. The fingerprint sensor is installed on the profile, like other entry-level mobiles. Finally, the device is not NFC compatible, which is difficult to understand today even for an entry-level smartphone. Remember that this technology allows you to easily pair with other compatible devices but also and above all to pay contactless and use transport services.

Available from €199.99 on sale (launch price €239), the CMF Phone 1 is aggressively positioned in the entry-level segment.

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