OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s latest hype brand, Nothing, has been making waves ever since its inception. The company’s first attempt at a smartphone was the transparent and illuminating Nothing Phone (1). And well, it has been a huge success, selling more than 650,000 units worldwide. But, everyone is now looking forward to its successor, eager to know what to expect from the Nothing Phone (2). Well, we might not have to wait long, as Nothing Phone (2) has been teased officially and is coming soon. Let’s look at all the details.
Like its predecessor, Phone (2) will exclusively be sold through Flipkart in India. A landing page highlighting the confirmed changes like a premium design and chipset has already been set up. So, let’s look at everything you can expect from the Nothing Phone (2) here:
Note: This article was last updated on 26th May 2023 to include the confirmed details for the release date, battery size, and the chipset used in Nothing Phone (2).
Nothing Phone (2) Design [Leaks]
First, let’s look at the official information we have received today. The company has shared a first look at the rear panel of Nothing Phone (2). And as expected, it features a transparent panel like the Nothing Phone (1). You can see the white textured plastic covering the internals, along with the glyph light strip (not illuminated here) and the red recording indicator. Phone (2) redesigns the indicator as it is no longer circular like its predecessor.
Other design elements for the upcoming phone are not visible here, but we can make an educated guess. The “Glyph” lights will again prove to be a standout element of this phone; complete with cool new tricks and features, thanks to the in-house software team (more on this below). And no, the glyph lights will not be RGB but white like before. The company may change the glyph placement on the rear.
As for the front, we will still have a symmetrical bezel around the display. Will people draw parallels to the iPhone with the Phone (2) too, or will the design see major changes? Only time will tell, so stay tuned for more leaks and rumors.
Nothing Phone (2) Specs & Features
One thing’s for sure, the next Nothing phone will be more powerful than its initial release. The company has already confirmed the chipset we will find under the hood.
[UPDATE | 18 May, 5:00 PM IST] – Putting an end to the speculation, Nothing CEO Carl Pei has confirmed that their next phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. Referring to it as a “premium tier powerhouse,” Carl further adds that apps open “twice as fast compared to Phone (1).”
Moreover, this chipset enables the company to deliver battery life, connectivity, and other improvements with the Nothing Phone (2). Pei also adds that Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1’s 18-bit ISP (Snapdragon Sigh) allows them to offer advanced camera features such as Raw HDR and 4K/60 fps recording. Well, it seems like the accidental leak (see below) was true afterall.
At MWC 2023 earlier this year, it was announced that Nothing Phone (2) will feature a flagship Snapdragon 8-series chipset. But Nothing and Qualcomm both were tight-lipped about the exact processor name. However, a Qualcomm executive accidentally let the cat out of the bag on LinkedIn.
Qualcomm’s Alex Katouzian mentioned that Nothing Phone (2) will be powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in a congratulatory post on LinkedIn. But, he quickly edited the post to remove the mention of the chipset name, essentially confirming the chipset Phone (2) will be using. Still, let’s wait and see if this actually turns out to be true. Or, could it surprise us with another 8-series chipset in the Phone (2)?
In addition, the Phone (2) will also feature up to 12GB of RAM along with a virtual RAM feature, similar to the one found on popular Xiaomi, Samsung, or Realme phones these days. It will also come with 256GB of onboard storage.
In a recent Forbes interview, CEO Carl Pei has confirmed that Nothing Phone (2) will come with a 4,700mAh battery (bigger than the 4,500mAh battery on Phone 1). The official confirmation negates this MySmartPrice report, which claimed that the phone will include a 5,000mAh battery.
Talking about the screen, we will see an adaptive AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate on the Nothing Phone (2). Currently, we don’t have any concreate details on the display specifications. However, a recent tweet from TechDroider suggests that Nothing Phone (2) will include a 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED panel with thinner bezels (still likely symmetrical like the Phone 1).
The camera setup on the phone is still a point of debate. It will be interesting to see if Nothing sticks with Phone 1’s trusty 50MP dual rear camera or switch to a triple-camera setup, possibly with a zoom lens. Share your expectations with us in the comments below.
One of the biggest upgrades on Phone (2) will come on the software front. After the launch of Phone (1), the London-based company set up an in-house software team, hiring engineers from OnePlus’ software team and aiming to deliver an elevated stock Android experience. So, I’m excited to see what Nothing has in store.
One last thing, the Phone (2) is said to carry the model number AIN065. It has already made an appearance on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification website. We expect to see more leaks and feature confirmations for the Nothing Phone (2) in the coming few weeks. Until then, we got another look at the alleged specifications of the Nothing Phone (2) in a leaker’s tweet, which you can check out here.
Nothing Phone (2) Release Date
For those wondering about the exact launch date, well, we don’t have one yet. However, instead of the Summer 2023 launch window, the company has finally revealed the month in which it will unveil the Nothing Phone (2). In a recent interview, Pei confirmed that Nothing Phone (2) will launch in July 2023.
so, if the company is nostalgic about dates, we can also see the more premium Nothing Phone (2) launch on July 12 – exactly one year after the Phone (1). In addition to India, the device is confirmed to launch in Europe and the US at the same time.
Nothing Phone (2) Price
Nothing’s first smartphone was a premium mid-ranger, offering a Snapdragon 7-series chipset, wireless charging, and more for around Rs 30,000 (or 469 Euros). With a Snapdragon 8-series chipset, design and software upgrades, and possibly improved cameras, we expect the company to ramp up the pricing for sure. But currently, there are no rumors about how much of a price increase we will see.
Considering its rivals powered by last year’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, we are expecting a Rs 42,000 to Rs 45,000 starting price for the Nothing Phone (2) in India. Still, we suggest you take this expected price with a grain of salt and wait for the official release.
What are your expectations from the Nothing Phone (2)? Are you holding onto your next phone purchase for now? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.
Yes i am waiting
Ear(2) freebies would work with the price of 42k in India
Price is too much
Yes waiting to consider this as an option
It sure is hard for a student like me to expect to have something as premium as this in my hands especially considering the fact that I myself havent earned a single penny yet but surely will try to get it with as many discounts as possible, 30k prolly is too little to ask for a device of this calibre but still hopes are hypes keep me dreaming for it