Nothing Phone (2) to be powered by Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, Qualcomm executive reveals accidentally

  • A Qualcomm executive accidentally named the chipset while congratulating the Nothing team on partnering with Qualcomm once again on Nothing Phone (2).
  • The Nothing Phone (2) is scheduled to launch later this year.
  • Nothing Phone (2) will likely offer a more flagship-grade experience.

In the world of technology, leaks and rumors are not uncommon. But when an executive from a major company accidentally reveals unknown specifications of an upcoming product, it can cause quite a headache for the company. The accident happened during MWC 2023 when Qualcomm’s SVP and GM of Mobile, Compute and XR business unit, Alex Katouzian, posted an update on LinkedIn congratulating the Nothing team on using the Snapdragon 8 series chip on the Nothing Phone (2). However, eagle-eyed readers quickly noticed that the post included the mention of the exact SoC being used, which will be the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. 

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The mention was subtle, but it was enough to cause excitement among fans of the Nothing community. While the mention of the chip was quickly removed from the post, it was too late. We managed to grab a screenshot, as you can see below. 

The Nothing Phone (2) is expected to be the next smartphone from the company, following in the footsteps of its first success story, the Nothing Phone (1). The company also did reveal that it sold more than 650,000 units of the Nothing Phone (1) to date, which is impressive considering it was a first-generation product.

Apart from the accidental reveal, we do not know much else about what the Nothing Phone (2) might bring to the table. Nothing CEO Carl Pei earlier confirm that the upcoming phone will be ‘more premium’ than their first smartphone, so we can speculate a better build quality, a redesigned Glyph interface, and better hardware under the hood. The chipset is already getting a major upgrade, going from Snapdragon 778G+ to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. These upgrades will undoubtedly bring up the price of the phone, but we’ll have to wait and see on that.

In the end, the accidental reveal by the Qualcomm executive only added to the hype of the next smartphone by Nothing. It showed that even major companies can make mistakes and let slip important information, and this gives the fans of the new startup something to look forward to. The next phone is scheduled to launch by the third quarter of this year, so there is still plenty of time before everything falls into place.