Nothing Phone (2) is one of the biggest releases we’ll see this summer, especially after the success of the company’s first smartphone last year. After launching the Phone (1) in 2022, the company had a couple of TWS products lined up for release. The Nothing Ear (stick) and Ear (2) carried the signature ‘see-through’ design while also delivering a powerful audio output. However, it is the flagship Phone (2) that will determine whether Nothing has the chops to hang with the big boys in the smartphone market. Pre-orders for Phone (2) will begin on June 29, with the launch scheduled for July 11. The company has confirmed a lot of details about the upcoming smartphone, and the Internet, as usual, is abuzz with a lot of rumours. Let’s take a look at what we could be getting with Nothing’s second iteration of the Phone.
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Nothing Phone (2): Here’s what you can expect from the device
While the official images of the smartphone have not been revealed yet, Nothing Phone (2) will not be radically different from its predecessor in terms of design. In the teaser image, the back panel retains the Glyph interface, which now looks more refined. The see-through design found on the panel will now be extended to the USB cable. In an official image released by CEO Carl Pei, the new Nothing USB Type-C cable has a transparent plastic casing on both ends.
The most significant change on the Phone (2) is under the hood. The smartphone has been confirmed to be powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 SoC, which was last year’s flagship processor. This means that the Phone (2) will be priced higher than its predecessor. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 chipset was seen on OnePlus 10T, iQOO 9T, and the Samsung Galaxy Z series. Known for its thermal management and higher benchmarks, the S8+G2 is a great choice for the Phone (2).
The display also gets a small upgrade as the Phone (2) will rock a 6.7-inch unit. It is expected to be the same OLED display from Phone (1), but slightly bigger. A bigger form factor also means that the smartphone will carry a bigger battery. Phone (2) is confirmed to be equipped with a 4,700mAh battery, which is 200mAh more than the previous version. While battery life was never an issue on Phone (1), its successor will put up better numbers, especially when you take the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC’s thermal management into account.
There are new developments on the OS front as well. Earlier this year, it was reported that Nothing had expanded its OS team, adding ex-OnePlus employees to the payroll. This could mean a more fleshed-out Nothing OS 2.0 on the upcoming Phone (2). While we don’t mind the close-to-stock Android OS experience that currently runs on the Phone (1), it will certainly be interesting to see how things progress on Nothing OS 2.0.
Very little is known about the camera and storage specs on the Nothing Phone (2) so far. The addition of a third rear camera lens looks very unlikely. We wouldn’t be surprised if Nothing retains the cameras from Phone (1). The company will stick to the existing RAM and storage options (8GB/12GB + 128GB/256GB) for the new smartphone.
Nothing Phone (2): Expected Price
There have been a few leaks about the pricing of the new Nothing smartphone, but they have been swiftly quashed by CEO Carl Pei. While the new Phone (2) will come at a premium, it won’t be as exorbitant as the leaks (Rs 65,000) suggested. Expect the Nothing Phone (2) to be priced around Rs 45,000 – Rs 50,000. In USA it could be priced around $450-550.
With the Phone (2), Nothing will finally be breaking into the US market. The release timeline may not match the global launch, but US buyers will get the chance to get their hands on the Phone (2) later this year. Although the Phone (2) is the biggest release from the company this year, it may not be the last one. There have been rumours of a Nothing smartwatch being in the works. Those that have been wanting to wear a Nothing product on their wrists may not have to wait much longer.
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