After having a great run with the Nothing Phone (1) and several other audio products such as the Nothing Ear (2) and Nothing Ear (Stick), the company is gearing up for the launch of its second-generation smartphone, the Phone (2). Touted to feature substantial improvements over the predecessor, the device is most likely to enter the premium category this time around.
While we wait for the official unveiling of the Nothing Phone (2), here’s everything you need to know about the handset’s display, processor, battery, and much more.
10 things to know about Nothing Phone (2)
Here’s everything that has been officially confirmed and rumoured to come with Nothing Phone (2):
1. Launch timeline
Until a few months ago, there were no concrete and official details on the Nothing Phone (2)’s launch timeline. However, just a couple of weeks back, Nothing’s CEO, Carl Pei himself revealed that that handset will debut globally in July. The Phone (2) will also mark the company’s official entry into the US market, as confirmed in an interview earlier this year. As for the India launch, expect the device to be made available in the country shortly after it is officially unveiled.
2. Online availability
The Nothing Phone (2) will be sold officially on one of India’s leading e-commerce platforms, Flipkart. This is confirmed by the ‘coming soon’ teasers that have been posted under the ‘Mobile’ section on both Flipkart’s website and mobile app.
3. Improved chipset
When it comes to performance, the Nothing Phone (2) will be significantly better than its predecessor, Phone (1) as it is confirmed to pack in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. While revealing this crucial detail on Twitter, Carl Pei also gave a brief explanation of moving from a Snapdragon 7 series processor to a flagship Snapdragon 8 series chip. He details, that the high-end processor will bring improvements across the board including battery life, network connectivity, and camera capabilities.
As for operating the handset, Pei says that the Phone (2) has twice as fast app opening speeds compared to the Phone (1) with an 80 percent of performance jump. Pei further acknowledges that using the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC will allow the Phone (2) to remain accessible which hints towards the pricing of the device.
4. Display size
In one of the tweets made by Nothing, the company revealed that the Phone (2) will have 0.15 inches bigger display than the Phone (1). This translates to a 6.7-inch panel considering the predecessor has a 6.55-inch screen. While other details related to the display were not mentioned in the tweets, expect the handset to boast at least a 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate which is on par with the Nothing Phone (1).
5. Larger battery capacity
Just like the slight increase in display size, the battery on the Phone (2) will trickle up by 200mAh from the 4,500mAh cell found on the Phone (1). This means the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone will carry a 4,700mAh battery. Besides that, we believe the company is unlikely to bundle a charging adapter in the box.
6. Brand new video recording indicator
Unlike the Nothing Phone (1) which had a circular red video indicator, which in itself is a unique trait, the Phone (2) will reportedly feature a pill-shaped indicator. This was revealed through an image posted by Nothing on their Twitter profile. Besides that, one can expect an improved version of the Glyph interface on the upcoming smartphone.
7. Camera capabilities
Since the Nothing Phone (2) will be boasting the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, it will allow the smartphone to function faster in terms of camera processing and at the same time unlock a host advances features like RAW HDR and 4K recording at 60FPS. All of this will be possible through the 18-bit Image Signal Processor (ISP) that is capable of capturing over 4,000 times more camera data than the ISP found on Phone (1)’s Snapdragon 778G+.
8. Software commitments
Nothing has also confirmed that the Phone (2) will receive 3 years of Android updates and 4 years of security updates. This is the same software update commitment that Nothing offered for the Phone (1).
9. Upgraded software and hardware teams
In an exclusive interview, the company’s top executive, Pei revealed that 70 percent of the software team currently operating at Nothing consists of ex-OnePlus employees. Similarly, the hardware team comprises 30 per cent of OnePlus alumni. Both teams are working and looking after Phone (1) and Phone (2)’s development.
To top it all off, former OnePlus Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Kyle Kiang has also joined Nothing as the company’s Vice President of North America and will be overseeing and spearheading the Phone (2)’s global launch that is scheduled to take place next month.
10. Eco-friendly approach
The company will put in an immense effort to reduce the carbon footprint during the manufacturing of the Phone (2). While providing the details in a tweet, Nothing assures that the device’s various parts and components will be made from recycled materials and sustainable plastic. Furthermore, despite the upcoming flagship rocking a larger display and battery, it will have a carbon footprint of 53.45kg, which is 5kg lower than the Phone (1).
Nothing Phone (2) expected specifications
- Display: 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
- Camera: 50MP primary camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- Storage: 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, and 12GB+256GB
- OS: Android 13
- Battery: 5,000mAh battery with wired and wireless charging support
- Connectivity: 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, in-display fingerprint sensor and more