Nothing Phone 2 Released – a fairly-priced mobile phone with decent specs


Nothing Phone 2 features

Nothing launched its second mobile phone, Nothing Phone 2 a few hours ago. This device is the company’s first mobile phone sold in the US market. The new mobile phone has a sleek design, an improved Glyph interface, a more powerful processor and camera, a larger battery, etc. The interesting part of this mobile phone is that despite its flagship processor and other features, this device comes with a $599 starting price. According to the launch notes from Nothing, this device is currently available for pre-order on its official website. Let us now take a look at the details of this new and sleek mobile phone. 

Nothing Phone 2

Nothing Phone 2 – the details

Design and Display

Although the design of the Nothing Phone 2 is similar to that of the Phone 1, there are some improvements. The body is thinner and lighter while the back glass is more rounded. According to the company, the improvements in the design make this device feels better in the hand. This device comes with a semi-transparent glowing rear and enhanced Glyph lighting. The phone is 162.1 x 76.4 x 8.6mm and weighs 201.2g. The Nothing Phone 2 is not waterproof as it supports an IP54 rating. However, it is protected from water splashes and partially protected from dust. According to The Electrical Counter, the IP54 rating only protects a device from “limited amounts of dust and other particles”.

With regards to the display, this mobile phone comes with a 6.7-inch OLED LTPO screen. The display supports a 120Hz high refresh rate as well as HDR 10+. It also supports 10 bits and its maximum brightness hits 1600nit. Nothing claims that this device offers an excellent display effect. The Phone 1 had a 6.2-inch AMOLED display, thus, the new display on the Phone 2 is an increase with respect to the previous generation.

The most striking feature of the Phone 2 is its Glyph interface, a way of displaying info and interacting with the rear LED strip. The new Glyph interface uses more LED lights to help communicate details about the phone without relying on the screen. Users can check the volume, countdown, takeaway status, taxi time and other information through the Glyph interface without turning on the screen. Furthermore, users can set different lighting modes for different contacts so that they can see at a glance when they receive a message. In addition, users can also customize lighting and sound effects through the Glyph editor.

Processor, RAM, and Storage

The Nothing Phone 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, which was the best processor in the Android world in 2022. The phone has 8GB / 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage space. Specifically, the available memory combinations are 8GB+128GB, 12GB+256GB and 12GB+512GB. However, the phone’s storage can be expandable via a microSD card.

Nothing Phone 2

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Camera

Nothing also officially revealed that the camera of the Phone 2 has been upgraded. The rear main camera and ultra-wide-angle camera are both 50MP sensors. The camera is the Sony IMX890 sensor, which supports 4K video shooting at 60 frames per second. The main camera also supports OIS as well as other advanced features such as night mode and portrait mode. On the front, this new mobile phone comes with a decent 32MP sensor which the company claims can capture pretty good selfies.

Battery and Charging

Nothing claims that this device offers a longer battery life with its 4700 mAh. The device also supports 45W fast charging. According to the company, this device can get a full charge in 55 minutes. This mobile phone also supports 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging.

Software and Other Features

The Nothing Phone 2 also runs Nothing OS 2.0, a custom operating system based on Android 13. The system is designed to provide a “fast and smooth” experience. Nothing OS 2.0 also has a novel black and white theme, and users can choose to hide app labels to make the interface more concise. Nothing OS 2.0 also improves widgets for the home and lock screens and adds other custom design elements.

Nothing Phone 2

In other respects, the new phone also supports IP54 dustproof and splashproof, NFC, dual speakers, and provides 3-year Android major version updates and 4-year security updates. Also, users of this phone will have access to its stereo speakers for decent sound output.

Price and Availability

The Nothing Phone 2 is currently on pre-sale in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. Here are the price tags for the different models

  • 8GB + 128G – $599 (£579 / €679)
  • 12GB + 256GB – $699 (£629 / €729)
  • 12GB + 512GB – $799 (£699 / €849)

This new mobile phone will be available for early sales at the “Nothing Drops” physical stores in New York and London from July 13th and will be fully available from July 17th on sale.

Many flagships from Apple and Samsung now cost above $1000. However, Nothing will have to justify the price tag of this device considering that the 8GB + 128GB model of the Nothing Phone 1 sold for  £399 (€469)

Conclusion

From the specs sheet as well as the price of this device, the Nothing Phone 2 is an impressive smartphone with upgraded specs and features. The phone’s design is an upgrade to the previous generation Nothing Phone 1, with a semi-transparent, glowing rear and enhanced Glyph lighting. The Phone 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage space. The phone also comes with a 50MP main camera with OIS, a 4,700mAh battery, and stereo speakers. However, Nothing will have to justify the huge spike in the price of this device considering the starting price of the previous generation.

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