The smartphone landscape is churning with anticipation as whispers of the forthcoming Nothing Phone 2 have surfaced on the tech radar. The follow-up to the widely admired Nothing Phone 1, introduced in July 2022, seems to be edging closer to flagship territory, and tech enthusiasts can’t wait to get their hands on it.
The brand has already said that the Phone 2 will be a premium offering powered by a Snapdragon 8-series processor under the hood. The smartphone’s model number and key specifications have surfaced in the past. Now the device has been spotted on the Geekbench benchmarking platform (via Gizmochina.com).
A Glimpse into the Future with the Nothing Phone 2
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Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus and the brains behind the Nothing brand, has a knack for making waves in the mobile world. His venture, Nothing, made a significant mark in the smartphone market with the release of the Phone 1, and it seems that the Phone 2 is on track to push the envelope further.
The only official release window for the Nothing Phone 2 is a vague one: “summer 2023”. With the Phone 1 debuting in July 2022, we could anticipate a similar timeline for the Phone 2. However, a recent spotting of the Phone 2 on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification site suggests that the device could be ready for an earlier launch.
Upgraded Design and Premium Features
The semi-transparent, glowing rear, fondly known as The Glyph, was one of the standout features of the Phone 1, and it seems the second iteration is set to follow suit. A teaser for the Phone 2 hints at a design akin to its predecessor but with a slight twist. Speculations around a possibly replaceable battery are also afloat thanks to the mysterious latch-like circle seen in the teaser.
Packing a Punch with the Snapdragon 8 Series Chipset
The hardware inside the Nothing Phone 2 is set to be a massive step up from the Phone 1. At the Mobile World Congress in February 2023, Pei announced that the Phone 2 would run a Snapdragon 8 series chipset. A subsequent LinkedIn post from a Qualcomm executive suggested the Phone 2 will run the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, a notable upgrade from the Snapdragon 778G+ chip in the Phone 1.
A Focus on Camera and Battery Life
The Phone 1 packed twin 50Mp main and ultrawide cameras that delivered decent results, but the software wasn’t quite up to the task. Carl Pei has emphasised a focus on improving the software in the Phone 2, likely to maximise the camera performance.
The Phone 1’s 4500mAh battery was not its strong suit, as it drained quickly when the display was on. While software updates improved battery life, the Phone 2 is expected to see an upgrade in this department. A beefier 5000mAh battery is rumoured to be included, addressing one of the main criticisms of the Phone 1.
Nothing Phone 2 Surfaces on Geekbench
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The most exciting development surrounding the Nothing Phone 2 is its recent appearance on Geekbench. This confirms that the device is more than just a concept and is moving towards becoming a reality. Regrettably, I couldn’t find specific details about the Geekbench listing from the sources provided, so I can’t provide more information on that at the moment.
The Promise of the Nothing Phone 2
The Nothing Phone (2) is the successor to the Nothing Phone (1), which was released in 2022. The Nothing Phone (2) is expected to be released in the summer of 2023, possibly around July, the same month that its predecessor was launched.
One significant change with the Nothing Phone (2) is that it will be officially launched in the United States. The device has also been spotted on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification site, which suggests that the phone is almost ready to launch.
In terms of cost, the exact price is not yet known. However, the Nothing Phone (1) had competitive pricing. For example, the 8GB + 128GB model cost £399/€469/₹33,999/$299 (beta-only in the US), and the 12GB + 256GB model was approximately $600. Carl Pei, the company’s CEO, has indicated that the Nothing Phone (2) will be “more premium” than its predecessor, which might suggest a price increase.
As for the features and specifications of the Nothing Phone (2), little is known so far. If it is indeed a “more premium” device, it’s expected that improvements will be made in areas like the processor, cameras, and battery life.
The Nothing Phone (2) will reportedly run on a Snapdragon 8 series chipset. Although the exact model hasn’t been confirmed, there’s speculation that it could be the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 based on a LinkedIn post from a Qualcomm executive that has since been edited.
The twin 50Mp main and ultrawide cameras in the Nothing Phone (1) were decent, but the computational software wasn’t quite powerful enough to make the most of the optics. The company has said that it’s focused on improving the software for the new model, so the camera performance might be improved through software enhancements.
The battery life of the Nothing Phone (1) was a letdown. It had a 4500mAh battery that drained quickly when the display was on and a 33W maximum charging speed, which is lower than many comparably priced Android phones. It’s expected that the Nothing Phone (2) will have a better battery. There are reports suggesting a 5000mAh battery for the new model.
Finally, in terms of design, the Nothing Phone (1) had a semi-transparent, glowing rear, which was one of its standout features. A glimpse of the new design was shown in the phone’s launch teaser, but the specifics are still unclear. There’s speculation that the phone might have a latch for a compartment, possibly for a replaceable battery.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to confirm if the Nothing Phone (2) will have a microSD card slot for storage expansion. However, given the fact that the Nothing Phone (1) didn’t have that, I’m thinking that the sequel won’t either.
What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to getting your hands on the Phone (2)? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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