The Nothing Phone (2) is coming later this year, building on the foundation laid by the Nothing Phone (1) for 2022. Details of the new phone are still very scarce, but all we’ve heard so far suggests some significant improvements are on the cards.
We may see this model go on sale in the US, now that Nothing Phone (1) has skipped that country — CEO Carl Pei has said nothing that this kind of expansion is a big priority for his company. While few details have been officially confirmed after the phone’s existence, there are rumors and reports that give us an idea of what we should expect.
So here’s everything we know about Nothing Phone (2) so far.
None Phone 2: Price and Availability
The Nothing Phone (2) is confirmed to arrive sometime later this year, sources are speaking to MySmartPrice (Opens in a new tab) It claims it will launch sometime during the third quarter – also known as July-September. This coincides with the launch of Nothing Phone (1), which was released in mid-July 2022.
We haven’t heard anything about the likely cost of the phone, though CEO Carl Pei has none He said that the phone will launch as a “more premium” offering than the Phone (1). This phone started at £399 (about $490) in the UK, and Pei’s comments suggest the Phone 2 will likely cost a little more. Let’s just hope it’s closer to the $699 OnePlus 11 than the $999 iPhone 14 Pro.
The good news is that this device He must head to the United States With my saying CNBC (Opens in a new tab) that the company was in “early talks” with US carriers about stockpiling none of the devices. He told me later inverse (Opens in a new tab) That expansion in the US with the phone (2) is not a “top priority” for 2023.
None Phone 2: rumored specs
According to a report from MySmartPriceAnd We can expect Nothing Phone (2) to come with a 120Hz adaptive AMOLED display, 5,000mAh battery, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and an “unannounced” Snapdragon 8 SoC from Qualcomm.
Some of those specs aren’t too different from Nothing Phone (1), which offers a choice of 8GB or 12GB of RAM, 128GB and 256GB storage options, a 4,500mAh battery and a 120Hz OLED display. While the rumors haven’t revealed the phone’s display resolution (2), switching from OLED to AMOLED should ensure much better picture quality. Whether we’ll see an increase from FHD to QHD is another matter entirely.
Switching from the Snapdragon 778G+ to the Snapdragon 8 chipset could be a huge boon, given how impressive it is Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 standards It has been. The phone will likely feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Plus, assuming rumors about an unannounced chipset are accurate. We expect the 8 Gen 2 Plus to be more powerful than the current Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
While it’s technically possible, it seems unlikely that a startup like nothing would switch to a custom version of the chip — similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S23’s. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for the Galaxy device which powers the Galaxy S23 models.
Phone (2): Design
We haven’t heard any rumors about the alleged Nothing Phone (2) design either, though we’d expect the transparent design to carry over from the Phone (1), Nothing Ear (1), and Nothing Ear (Stick). Carl Bay said backwards that he thought “[U.S.] Consumers as a whole are bored and apathetic [with existing phones]And the foot traffic to the stores of people checking out new phones hasn’t increased. “
Pei has a point. Foldable phones are still new and rare enough to be a novelty, but otherwise the majority of phones are still just rectangles enclosed in glass. The last time we saw any major design change was with the launch of the dual-curve Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge back in 2015.
The transparent phone isn’t what we’d call disruptive design, but it was fun enough to make the Nothing Phone (1) stand out. It would make sense for Nothing Phone (2) to continue this trend, though we’ll just have to wait and see how much the design actually changes.
Phone (2): Camera
There’s no word on what kind of camera specs we can expect from the Nothing Phone (2), but we’re hoping the focus on a more premium device will extend to its improved photo-taking capabilities. Nothing Phone (1)’s cameras were somewhat underwhelming, even for a mid-range phone, and we’d like to see a big improvement.
Some of the phone’s imaging weaknesses (1) included poor low-light performance, as well as blurry, overexposed photos that end up looking dull compared to the likes of the Google Pixel 5a. The selfies also ended up looking a little unnatural, thanks to the excessive application of face-smoothing effects.
While there’s not much wrong with the phone’s camera hardware (1), we hope its successor will offer an overall improvement in image quality – with better colors and more realistic images. Including a telephoto lens would also be nice, though hoping nothing includes a periscope lens might push it. As cool as it would be, we’d rather spend resources on improving captured images.
Phone 2: software: none
Like OnePlus’ OxygenOS, Nothing OS is designed to be a simpler take on Android. Despite the name, Nothing OS is a custom Android user interface rather than a standalone operating system. But the good news is that, unlike some phone makers, nothing has saddled Android with silly and ridiculous additions.
While OS 1 was not originally based on Android 12, it has since been updated to Nothing OS 1.5, which is based on Android 13. We expect Nothing Phone (2) to follow a similar pattern, as it is rumored to arrive before the expected Android launch. 14 later this year.
There’s no word on what changes might appear, but we’re hoping Nothing OS keeps its simple, retro-inspired user interface for some time to come.
none Phone (2): Outlook
There’s still a lot we don’t know about Nothing Phone (2), but what little information we’ve heard paints a positive picture. Nothing really made a name for itself with Nothing Phone (1) which, while imperfect, was a solid first attempt to bring a new smartphone brand to market.
By improving on the phone’s bugs (1), and possibly raising the price to compensate, Nothing has everything to gain with Nothing Phone (2). But the jury’s still out, and it still has a long way to go before it can compete with more established brands—especially as it expands into the ever-competitive US market.