Nothing Phone 2: Price, specifications & performance speculation

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The Nothing Phone 2 is expected to launch in June end or the first week of July. We’ve scoured the internet to bring up all the leaks and rumors like possible price, specifications, and more.

Looking for the latest on the Nothing Phone 2? We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know. Nothing is a relatively new tech brand with just a handful of products. Apart from a smartphone called Phone 1, the company has already introduced a few wireless earbuds for customers. Interestingly, all of these products have a common design element – transparency.

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Nothing was founded by Carl Pei – ex-co-founder of OnePlus. It is set to release its second smartphone, Nothing Phone 2, in the summer of 2023.

Right now, little is known about the upcoming device. So, we scoured the internet to get all of the latest leaks and details surrounding this enigmatic new Android phone. 

Nothing Phone 2 price speculation

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We expect that the Nothing Phone 2 will retail for $600 or less. There’s no official word, nor any leaks suggesting so. But, the original device was a mid-range phone that offered a premium design and features for an affordable price. The Nothing Phone 2 might be more expensive than its predecessor, but we don’t anticipate that it will cost over $600.

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Multiple factors, including a more powerful chipset, are expected to contribute to the increased price. Since the company has hinted that it wants to target the budget flagship category, we hope that even the Phone 2 is priced aggressively.

Nothing Phone 2 release date speculation

Though the exact release date of the phone hasn’t been announced yet, however, latest leaks and rumors hint that the phone might launch by the end of June, or early July.

Earlier, the company hinted that the Nothing Phone 2 could release in the Summer of 2023, a larger window starting June through August. If the phone is scheduled for a June end launch, then we should get an official confirmation soon.

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The original Nothing Phone was launched last year on July 12, so the Phone 2 could get introduced around the first anniversary of the first phone.

Nothing Phone 2 specifications and design speculation

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As anticipated earlier, a constant stream of leaks has revealed the potential key specifications of Nothing Phone 2. Weeks ago, the phone’s processor was revealed, and now we know that the Nothing Phone will have an increased focus on recycled and bio-based materials.

The company confirmed that the Phone 2 will have a 4700 mAh battery and a 6.7-inch display. The company also said that despite housing a 200 mAh bigger battery and a 0.15-inch bigger display than the Phone 1, the Phone 2 would have a carbon footprint of 53.45 kg – significantly lesser than its predecessor.

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While the larger display is welcome news, the battery is still smaller than most modern smartphones’ 5,000 mAh battery pack. The phone also offers 3 Major OS updates and four years of security patches.

The details about Phone 2’s SoC was revealed by the company itself during this year’s MWC. It was announced that the Phone 2 would ship with a Snapdragon 8 generation chipset.

Card Pei has now revealed that the Nothing Phone 2 will be powered by a new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 Chipset. This new 4nm chipset sits between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Gen 2 and has been manufactured by TSMC.

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This new chipset is similar to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset but has an overclocked performance core and an overclocked GPU. You can still expect flagship-grade performance from this SoC, resulting in improved performance and better overall experience than the Phone 1.

To recall, the Nothing Phone 1, powered by the Snapdragon 7-series SoC was pretty mid-range, and did occasionally feel sluggish. So its successor could do with a much better chipset under the hood. The addition of a flagship chipset could also pave the way for a significant increase in the price of the upcoming phone. However, we will have to wait for more details to drop in.

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Nothing Phone 2 design speculation

The design of the Nothing Phone was one of the most striking aspects of the original handset. We expect the Nothing Phone 2 to retain a similar overall design. This means you might see a transparent back and Glyph LED light interface of the Nothing Phone 2.

The teaser shared by the company also corroborates this. While it doesn’t show the phone in its full glory, we can see a transparent rear panel with white-colored textured plastic similar to the Phone 1, with those iconic “Glyph” LEDs visible. 

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The red led notification for the camera is still present, but we expect the overall layout of the Glyph LED lights to be different than what we saw on the Phone 1.

The phone could run on Android 14 out of the box and be one of the first few phones to run the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. However, it might ship with Android 13 at launch and offer an update shortly afterward.

Nothing Phone 2 vs Pixel 7a

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While both phones are yet to launch, the Nothing Phone 2 and Google Pixel 7a are expected to take on each other on various fronts. The Pixel 7a and Nothing Phone 2 are expected to be priced aggressively and might also have a similar price point.

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While the Pixel 7a is expected to come with a potent camera setup, looking at what Nothing was finally able to achieve with the software optimization on the Phone 1, we can expect the Phone 2 to offer more than adequate performance. 

Both phones are expected to offer a clean Android experience. The Pixel phones have the cleanest Android skin of all smartphones, while the Nothing phone will ship with Nothing OS without bloatware but with minimal customizations to use various features on the phone.

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Nothing Phone 2: What we want to see

The Nothing Phone 2 will be more powerful than the first-generation phone – though this could directly impact the overall cost of the phone.

Another aspect that the Phone 2 might outshine the original Phone 1 is its camera. We hope that the Phone 2 offers a massive upgrade in the camera department. We may potentially see a triple camera setup on the Nothing Phone 2, though nothing is set in stone quite yet. 

The Phone 1 had a dual-camera setup at the back, and the camera performance at the launch was inconsistent. The same could be said about the overall battery life. However, the phone became better with each software update it received.

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We also expect that Nothing will revamp its flashy LED lights, and offer more features surrounding one of the most-talked-about features on the handset.

We’re also hoping that the Nothing Phone 2 will launch with a smoother experience across the board, as the Phone 1 was plagued with various problems at launch. These were eventually ironed out, but we’re hoping that the company can do one better with this sophomore attempt. 

Where to buy the Nothing Phone 2: Potential retailers

The Nothing Phone 2 could retail in select territories via Nothing’s official website and Amazon. We will have to wait for the official announcement for official availability details. 

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