By Abhik Sengupta: The Nothing Phone (2) will officially launch in July, company CEO Carl Pei announced during an interview. Earlier, Pei had announced that the next-gen Phone (2) will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. Why not the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2? The Nothing chief adds that Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a proven chipset and tested thoroughly and “continuously optimised” since its launch a year ago.
During the interview, Carl notes the Phone (2) will include a 4,700mAh battery, which is bigger than the 4,500mAh battery on the Phone (1). This battery size is also bigger than the latest iPhone 14 Pro (3,200mAh) and even the iPhone 14 Pro Max (4,323mAh). In the Android world, this is a good battery size, at least for flagships that generally include a 4,500mAh battery for faster charging.
Nothing has not yet revealed the Phone (2) design, which should be one of the main highlights. During the launch of the first-gen Nothing smartphone, the company stressed that it wants to break the monotony of the same design. The Nothing Phone (1) features a boxy design like most smartphones, but it comes with in-built LED lights that are tuned with the smartphone. These LED lights illuminate when there’s a call or notification.
It will be interesting to see if Nothing retains the design, dubbed the Glyph module. Nothing’s last device, Nothing Ear (2) earbuds, look exactly the same as Ear (1), but with considerable upgrades. We can expect the same with the next-gen smartphone.
Nothing may also consider improving the cameras. The Phone (1) includes two cameras on the back capable of taking 4K videos. This year, Nothing may use a different sensor, since Pei has repeated in several videos that the company’s image processing tech is limited compared to Samsung and Apple.
The use of a high-end chip also means that the price of the Nothing Phone (2) will be more than its predecessor. To recall, the Nothing Phone (1) was announced in India with a starting price of Rs 32,999. The Nothing Phone (2) is expected to cost under Rs 40,000 in India. The phone will compete against some notable devices in the segment, including OnePlus 11R and Pixel 7a. It is worth highlighting that both the 5G phones offer a flagship chip under the hood, and the OnePlus phone has the same Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC.
More details about the Nothing Phone (2) are expected to be revealed in the coming days.
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