“Nothing Phone 2 Launch” The Nothing Phone 1 was one of the most unique budget Android phones we saw in 2022. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei started Nothing to breathe some new life into the stagnant mobile market. Now that the company has declared its intentions with the Phone 1, what can we expect from the Nothing Phone 2?
Rather than waiting until a full launch event, Nothing likes to slowly release information about its devices spec-by-spec over time. It’s an approach that generates a lot of headlines, but it can be hard to keep track of all the official information that’s been made public.
As its name suggests, the Phone 2 is Nothing’s second smartphone and is set to launch a year after the company revealed its predecessor. The Phone 1 was notable for its flashing “glyph” interface, where light strips on the rear of the phone would light up to alert you to notifications and other device details.
Here’s our roundup of all the announcements Nothing has been made about the Phone 2. We plan to update this page regularly with new details as they emerge in the run-up to its official launch in July.
Nothing Phone 2 release date, price, and availability
- The Nothing Phone 2 is confirmed to launch on July 11, 2023, at 11:00 AM ET.
- The price is likely to be higher than it was for the Nothing Phone 1, thanks to upgraded specs.
- Nothing confirmed the Phone 2 will be available in the United States.
Carl Pei has confirmed that there will be a follow-up to Phone 1, and it will be called Phone 2. We learned this first from a tweet Pei posted in December 2022. Unfortunately, that tweet’s main purpose was to shoot down the idea that there would be a Phone 2 shortly. Pei explained that Phone 1 remains the brand’s main focus, at least for now.
However, Pei later confirmed on January 30 that the Phone 2 is coming in 2023. Months later, in an interview with Forbes, Pei stated that the Nothing Phone 2 would launch in July 2023. Finally, in June, Pei confirmed the specific launch date will be July 11, 2023, at 11:00 AM ET. Nothing will stream the launch on its website.
The launch of the Nothing Phone 2 on July 11th is less than a week away, but a new leak spoils some of the device’s potential specs. In a thread on Twitter spotted by 9to5Google, leaker Kamila Wojciechowska shares that the Nothing Phone 2 could feature some improvements to its camera system.
As for the Nothing Phone 2’s price, we are confident it will be more expensive than the Nothing Phone 1. We know this because of the confirmed spec upgrades (scroll down a bit for more). One rumor, though, suggests it could be a lot more expensive. French outlet Dealabs has claimed the Phone 2’s 256GB variant could cost €729 (~$802). For reference, the Phone 1 starts at just €469 (~$516) in that country. Interestingly, Carl Pei specifically responded to this leak in a tweet by saying, “Who leaked this? ” Knowing Pei’s penchant for subtle marketing, this “leaked” price may be a purposeful fake intended to make us think the Nothing Phone 2 will be costly but then be happy when Nothing confirms later that it will be much cheaper. These are the kinds of tricks Pei plays, after all.
In other pricing leaks, Yogesh Brar claims the Indian price for the phone could be between Rs. 42,000 and Rs. 43,000. That would equate to about $520, give or take. That would also be more expensive than the Rs. 34,999 (~$423) price of the Nothing Phone 1.
As for availability, we’d expect to see the phone launch in all the countries in which the Phone 1 launched. That would mean the United Kingdom, Ireland, almost all of Europe, India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Additionally, we know the Nothing Phone 2 will launch in the United States, which did not see the Phone 1 officially. It is unclear if the company has obtained any carrier partnerships, but you will at least be able to buy it unlocked and get US band support.
Nothing Phone 2 design
- Nothing has shown off the Phone 2 in full through official means.
- Leaked renders for the Nothing Phone 2 are inaccurate.
- The phone will look a lot like the Phone 1 but with a centered selfie camera and a new configuration for The Glyph lights.
In early June, we saw leaked renders of the Nothing Phone 2. The renders come from reliable tipster Steve “OnLeaks” Hemmerstoffer. Usually, a Hemmerstoffer leak can be taken to the bank as far as accuracy goes, but that wasn’t the case this time around. We now know these renders are wholly inaccurate.
Next, we also know The Glyph — the LED lights on the back of the phone — have been slightly reconfigured. In the video clip below — which Nothing shared through its official channels, so you know it’s legit — you can see the new configuration. Most notably, the single light strip surrounding the camera module on the Phone 1 has been split to create two symmetrical strips on the Phone 2.
One thing The Glyph won’t have, though, is RGB lighting (the Phone 1 is only capable of producing white light from The Glyph). Although RGB would be an obvious upgrade for the Nothing Phone 2, Pei has continuously shot down this idea, even going so far as to describe it as “cringe.” So far, all official information from Nothing shows only white lights from the back of Phone 2.
While the back of the phone has gotten plenty of the spotlight, it has been a different story with the front of the device. However, a leak from tipster Evan Blass gave us more than just a look at the phone’s back. The images show the device from every angle except for the top and bottom.
Nothing Phone 2 display size and specs
According to Wojciechowska, the upcoming device could feature a 50MP Sony IMX890 main camera sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS) and in-sensor zoom. That’s the same primary sensor used by the OnePlus 11, which my colleague Allison Johnson listed as one of the positive aspects of the device in her review. It’s not clear how much this will affect the camera quality, though, as the Phone 1 already comes with a 50MP main sensor.
The previously mentioned information proved the Nothing Phone 2 will have a centered display cutout for the selfie camera. This is a bit of a shift from Phone 1, which had a left-aligned cutout.
Kamila Wojciechowska claims that the phone will sport an AMOLED panel from Visionox, while Yogesh Brar says that display will be 6.7 inches. The display is said to offer a refresh rate of 120Hz at a resolution of 2,412 x 1,080. But it will reportedly support low power modes at 1Hz, 10Hz, 24Hz, and 30Hz.
In addition to the display leak, the tipster also posted the wallpapers for the Phone 2. The collection consists of 20 wallpapers, some of which we’ve seen on Phone 1.
Some Internal News
As for the internals of the phone, we expect some upgrades here. Pei confirmed that Phone 2 would be a “more premium” experience over Phone 1. While that was a vague statement at the time, it strongly suggested some beefed-up internals for the 2023 smartphone.
Eventually, in a tweet, Pei revealed that the Nothing Phone 2 would indeed have a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC. According to Pei, Nothing chose this chip because of the increased power, speed, battery life, connectivity, and camera abilities compared to the Snapdragon 700 series seen in the Phone 1. He also explained that the more recent Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 would make the phone too expensive for what users would get.
Nothing is upgrading its signature Glyph interface for its upcoming Phone 2 smartphone, which is due to be officially announced on July 11th. YouTuber Marques Brownlee has put out an early hands-on video with the new smartphone that offers a thorough look at the flashing light interface built into the back of the phone, and the changes Nothing has made to it compared to last year’s Phone 1.
Although the Glyph interface uses roughly the same pattern, it now includes more zones of LED lighting, which should allow it to offer more granular control of the phone’s lighting effects. There are almost triple the number of zones this time around, with Phone 2 including 33 zones versus 12 on Phone 1.
Nothing Phone 2 camera
The camera experience on the Nothing Phone 1 was nothing to write home about. Sure, the fact that it’s a sub-$500 phone makes those deficiencies pretty forgivable. But, if the camera is an important feature for you, there are far better choices for the best camera phones.
So far, all signs point to a similar camera setup on the Phone 2 as we saw on the Phone 1. That would mean a primary lens on the rear paired with an ultrawide with no telephoto. Wojciechowska suggested as much in the leak mentioned earlier. According to the tipster, the main camera will be a 50MP Sony IMX890 sensor, and the ultrawide will be a 5oMP Samsung JN1, while the front camera is said to be a 32MP Sony IMX615. If true, that would mean upgrades for the main camera and the selfie camera while the ultrawide camera stays the same.
Nothing’s Phone 2 brings back the ringtone composer. Nothing has teased a new “Glyph Composer” for its upcoming Phone 2 (and existing Phone 1) that lets you create custom ringtones and flashing light patterns based on synth sounds from Swedish House Mafia. As someone who once spent hours creating a custom ringtone for my Nokia 3310 based on the theme tune to Metal Gear Solid 2, I’m intrigued.
Nothing OS, the software powering the Nothing Phone 2
We know that Nothing is now running its software efforts in-house, a significant change from when we saw the launch of the Phone 1. The new build of Nothing OS was described as being faster and smoother, two interesting words to use for a company started by a co-founder of OnePlus (that company has long used “fast and smooth” to describe Oxygen OS).
In June, Nothing software creative director Mladen M. Hoyss gave some behind-the-scenes info on the development of Nothing OS 2.0. He said the design of the Android skin is starting “from scratch,” and the team is trying to make it more “easy-to-use” and more “at-a-glance.” However, Hoyss did not show off any images or give any specific examples of these change
In the previously mentioned MKBHD clip, you can also see the new ways The Glyph works. It has 33 LED zones as opposed to the 12 on the Phone 1. This allows for more granular control of the lights, giving you more opportunities to customize how the lights communicate different things to you. As an example, MKBHD demonstrates using the lights to see timers, the countdown to the arrival of an Uber ride, and use custom “ringtones” for specific apps.
Nothing also confirmed on Twitter that it would stick with its original software update promise, which is three Android upgrades and four years of security patches. There may also be some ecosystem-exclusive perks for other Nothing products like the Nothing Ear 2 buds, though this is something the brand has been hesitant to do so far
Should you wait for the Nothing Phone 2?
The Nothing Phone 1 wasn’t the best phone of 2022, but it certainly was the most unique. With a good price, a terrific build, and interesting features you can’t get with most other phones, it was a compelling alternative for many buyers.
The Nothing Phone 2 looks to continue that trend. The phone will be more powerful than its predecessor, which will undoubtedly make it a better overall device. It will also be available in the United States, which will make it a better prospect for a majority of the people who read Android Authority.
Of course, Nothing is still a young brand, so it’s difficult to anticipate what it will do next and how it will meet the challenges it faces. The Phone 2 will also unlikely be able to go toe-to-toe with the best Android phones out there, such as the Galaxy S23 Ultra or the Pixel 7 Pro. In other words, you should expect a phone that’s better than the Phone 1 and still has a unique flavor, but it won’t be a threat to the big dogs of Android.