It’s the most exciting phone of Nothing Phone 1 2022 & its successor is here! We have Nothing Phone 2. Is it going to be that exciting in 2023? Let’s see as there are a lot of changes.
Nothing Phone 2 Box Contents
If I talk about the box, it’s absolutely flat & squarish. It’s a big box. It’s thin, unlike any other box that we open. But yeah, one is grey & one is a white color option available. By the way, last year Nothing Phone 1 came in black & white. Now it’s white & grey. It’s different! First of all, it’s designed by Nothing. Then there’s documentation.
A sim card tool & it’s also different. There’s 1 thing, you have to give it to Nothing, and they definitely try something different. Everything is transparent! there’s a small square for documentation. The Type C to Type C cable? This is also transparent. Excellent! Ok, this is what’s inside the box.
Nothing Phone 2 Design
If I hold it in my hand, it feels a little big. We also have the Nothing Phone 1, so I’m going to keep that too. So we’ll get to know the differences.
It looks the same. If I talk about the size, it’s slightly bigger. It’s slightly bigger in width as well. The leaks say that it has rounded corners. It doesn’t have rounded corners, it’s flat. But the glass at the back is curved. There’s a slight change in the glyph lighting as well.
It was a single glyph. But now you have 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 glyphs. It’s the same at the bottom & top. There was a single camera module last year, but now it’s 1 & 2. So there are a total of 11 glyph lights, whereas there were 5 in the Nothing Phone 1. Let’s see the difference.
But I think white looks more exciting than grey. White gives a different look. There’s no case in the box & given that it’s a glass back, you’ll have to buy a clear case. Otherwise, you’ll lose the fun of glyph lighting. In-Hand Feel This phone feels big in the hand. It feels big & it’s boxy.
Talking about the weight, It’s 203.2g, it feels slightly on the heavier side. It’s above 200g, but I thought it was closer to 207-208g. But no, it’s 203-204g.
Nothing Phone 2 Ports & Buttons
There’s a sim card tray at the bottom, a microphone, a USB Type C port, a speaker grill & an on-off button on the right.
And because it’s a metal frame, you can see the antenna lines & there’s a noise-canceling microphone on the top. On the left, there’s a volume rocker up & down. It comes with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. So it’s very well built, definitely! In the SIM card tray, I wasn’t expecting an SD card slot. So that’s new, there’s a dual nano sim card slot.
Nothing Phone 2 Display
Display Size, the Nothing Phone 1, and the Phone 2 & it’s size has increased. The Nothing Phone 1 was 6.5” & the Nothing Phone 2 is 6.7” with FHD & 120Hz resolution. But it has an LTPO display which means the refresh rate is dynamic from 1Hz to 120Hz. And we tested it & it works! Brightness has increased, the peak brightness is 1600 nits & the regular brightness is 1000 nits.
And it’s definitely much better than the Nothing Phone 1 and, this is a 10-bit panel & there’s HDR10+.
Nothing Phone 2 Specifications
There’s a big jump in specifications! Yes, there’s 8GB RAM. Specifications It’s been the same processor for the past 3 months & it’s well-optimized for the OS.
It comes in 3 variants, 8GB RAM, 128GB RAM, 12GB RAM, 256GB RAM & 12GB RAM, and 512GB RAM. Price It starts from Rs 45K & there’s a major upgrade in the pricing! When the Nothing Phone 1 was launched, it was launched at Rs 32-33K with the 778G processor.
Now it’s Rs 45K! Let’s see if they give the premium they’ve asked for. Battery There’s a slight upgrade, there’s a 4700mAh battery with 45W charging. But you don’t get an adapter in the box, there’s no adapter & there’s 15W wireless charging. You’ll have to buy the adapter separately
Nothing Phone 2 OS
There’s a lot to say about the OS. It’s definite that Nothing’s engineers have done a lot of work on the OS & they’ve brought a lot of things. There are a lot of small features that you don’t get on other phones. If you look at the home screen, there are a lot of widgets & it has a black & white icon pack which makes it look different.
Nothing says that colored icons are a distraction, but I don’t think so. But it looks different & it looks cool. But when you install 3rd party apps, there are a lot of apps that aren’t supported in the black & white icon pack. For eg BGMI, even Netflix’s LAL is visible. They’ve paid a lot of attention to small things.
For eg, you can customize this folder & you can have a different look & feel to each folder. So they’ve done a lot of work according to me & it looks different.
Now let’s talk about Glyphs. Last year we you’ll use it for 10-15 days & you’ll get used to it. And with this, it’s the same.
But there are a lot of customization features & they’re very nice. The number of lights has increased to 11. So you’ll be able to compose your own ringtones & that’s very addictive. Look, there’s a composer here. So if you want to record, you can make your own ringtone. And then you can save it & name it & actually this will play.
It’s very addictive! And an interesting thing, this phone is being used as a primary driver. So if you get a notification from an app & that notification is important for you, then you can assign this particular glyph light. Meaning, until you don’t see the notification, this glyph light will be on. These small things have been taken care of & I think they’re useful as well. When you order from Zomato, when the phone is like this, it works like a progress bar.
So you can see where your order has come from. Similarly, when you move it while charging, you can see the percentage of battery charge. And an interesting thing, I’m increasing the volume & the glyph light will indicate how much it’s increasing. So you’ll know when you put it down. But I’ll tell you what, it has a bug & it doesn’t work properly.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s working now, it wasn’t working a while ago. So there are some bugs. There’s one more thing, it’s listening to OK Google. You’ll be able to invoke Google Assistant & it’s listening to me right now. I got this result from the web.
Before moving ahead, do watch the Teardown! I’m going to tell you an easter egg, it’s very interesting, wait for that!
Nothing Phone 2 Performance
Performance is very good, the 8 Plus Gen 1 is a very capable processor. If I talk about the AnTuTu score, it’s 1.1M on the old AnTuTu & 1.3M on the latest AnTuTu variant.
Overall, as I said, it’s very optimized, and it looks very smooth & fluid. And for regular use, it’s a very good performance. Even if you play games on the highest settings, it’ll be fun to play. The stereo speakers are not of that great quality, but the display is very good, so it’ll be fun in multimedia.
But the audio could have been better. And remember, it doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack. And for gaming, you can play 4K gaming at 40FPS, which is 4K Ultra. And you can play 60FPS on HDR Extreme. And we had a lot of fun playing, so it was a very smooth performance. Even if you play longer sessions on thermals, it’s not too hot & the thermals are quite decent.
But I noticed that there’s a slight flex at the back. I don’t know how much it’ll make a difference, but I thought I should tell you.
Nothing Phone 2 Camera
The performance is excellent, but there are some good & some bad things about the camera. For me, it’s a mixed bag. It should have been a telephoto camera. I’m paying Rs 45K for it.
It’s the same setup as last year, with a 50MP primary sensor & 50MP ultrawide dual sensor. It should have been a telephoto sensor. The primary sensor has been updated with Sony’s IMX890 sensor, which is available on all Rs 40-50K phones. So the photos have improved.
If you click photos in normal conditions, the skin tones are very good. The sharpness & colors are very good. I can’t say the same about low light. In low light, the photos aren’t that bright. So the low-light performance isn’t that good. These are my initial impressions, so take it with a pinch of salt. The selfie sensor has been updated.
It used to be 16MP, but now it’s 32MP. And it’s good! When you take a selfie, the skin tones are to the point & the colors are natural. So that way, it’s an excellent camera, especially for selfies. Both the sensors support 4K 60FPS, which is good. But the selfie sensor has a 1080P sensor, so it should have been 4K.
Obviously, they’re trying to go the Apple way. You can also shoot 4K 30FPS HDR videos, so that’s there. And a new action mode has been added. If I talk about slow motion, you can shoot 120FPS in 4K. And if you want to shoot in Full HD, you get 480FPS. When you’re recording a video, the red light looks very nice.
So you know that the person in front of you knows that you’re recording. So that’s also very nice. These glyph lights are seriously bright. When you’re taking portraits, you can use this light. So you can use glyph lighting as an illuminating thing. So that’s also nice.
Nothing Phone 2 Connectivity
If I talk about connectivity, then there’s 5G, 8 Plus Gen 1, and all bands support it. There’s dual 4G VoLTE, and WiFi calling support. There’s WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, and NFC support.
Nothing Phone 2 Sensors
There are 2-3 microphones on the back, so when you’re recording a video, this microphone is used. So that’s also good. All sensors are present, there’s an in-display fingerprint sensor & face unlock.
Nothing Phone 2 Other Features
Let’s talk about the other things. As you can see on the display, you get widgets in AOD. There’s Widevine L1 support, so you can stream in Full HD. But remember, you’re not getting HDR on Netflix. It’s going to come after some time. One interesting thing, when we were setting up the phone, you can see it’s written here, insert a valid India sim card. And until you insert the sim card, it doesn’t go ahead & you won’t be able to set it up.
So many times we set up the phone without the sim card. We had to test it, but we couldn’t do it. We had to insert the sim card, which is also valid. And it authenticates the sim, & then only you can move forward. I haven’t seen this on any other phone, so I thought I’d tell you.
Especially if you’re a techie, then I’ll definitely recommend it. But to be honest, this phone is not for the masses. And because it’s priced at Rs 45K, it starts at Rs 45K, for 8GB, and 128GB variants. Rs 45K, Rs 50K & Rs 55K. Accordingly, the audience has become smaller. And if I’m giving Rs 45K, remember that 8 Plus Gen 1 phones start at Rs 30-33K.
So with all these things, does it justify the price tag? To some, it might. I think it should’ve been under Rs 40K. That’s my honest opinion, around Rs 40K. And I could’ve recommended it with my eyes closed. Because it’s offering so much. If it was a telephoto camera, then Rs 45K would’ve really looked good.
Nothing Phone 2 Specs
|Specifications||Nothing Phone 2|
|Display Type||LTPO OLED, 1B colors, HDR10+, 1600 nits (HBM), 1600 nits (peak)|
|Screen Size||6.7 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2412 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.5 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)|
|RAM / Storage Space||128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM|
|Camera Configuration||50 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS
50 MP, f/2.2, 114˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.76″, 0.64µm, AF
|Front Camera Configuration||32 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm|
|Battery||Li-Ion 4700 mAh, non-removable|
|Charge||45W wired, PD3.0, PPS, QC4, 100% in 55 min (advertised)
15W wireless, 100% in 130 min (advertised)
5W reverse wireless
|Weight||201.2 g (7.09 oz)|
|Colors||White, Dark Gray|
|OS||Android 13, Nothing OS 2|
- What are the box contents of the Nothing Phone 2?
- How does the Nothing Phone 2 differ from its predecessor, Nothing Phone 1, in terms of design?
- What is the display size and resolution of the Nothing Phone 2?
- What are the specifications and pricing options for the Nothing Phone 2?
- How does the Nothing Phone 2 perform in terms of camera capabilities?