When the rumors about the Nothing Phone (2) started to spread, I bet my two cents that the company would go for a Snapdragon 8 series chip. Now, this is confirmed. With the MWC 2023 going forward and getting all the spotlight, Nothing did want to be forgotten. The company started its teaser campaign for the Nothing Phone (2).
Nothing Phone (2) will up the game with a Snapdragon 8 series chipset
The Nothing Phone (1) was basically the company’s beta in the smartphone segment. After what seems to have been a successful entrance, Nothing is ready for the next move. In a previous report, Carl Pei mentioned how the brand got bigger after the launch of the Phone (1) and how that will allow them to enter the US with the Nothing Phone (2). Well, the resources are apparently much bigger now, and the brand will be able to launch a flagship.
The original Nothing Phone (1) was a clear reference to the OnePlus One that revolutionized the market with flagship specs for a low price. At the time of its release, it was not possible for Nothing to bet on a costlier flagship CPU for its first device. However, the brand makes it clear that hardware was not the priority, the user experience is.
Now, things seem to have changed, and the Nothing Phone (2) will be equipped with a Snapdragon 8 series chipset. As Carl Pei said several times “It all starts with the chipset” and the teaser campaign for the Nothing Phone (2) begins confirming its CPU.
This is just a teaser, and as you may expect, the details are under wraps. We don’t know exactly which chipset will be powering the phone. We just know it belongs to the Snapdragon 8 series chipset. Everything will depend on the pricing point.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 or Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1?
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 seems the plausible choice for a flagship in 2023. However, that would certainly mean a price increase for the phone. It’s possible? Yes, and that would definitely put the Nothing Phone (2) among the big ones. It would be a great way to start in the US market.
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The other possibility is that the Nothing Phone (2) will bring the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The late 2022 CPU is still around. It seems to be the favorite candidate of some brands for the cost-effective flagship. Honestly, this CPU can still do the job without any hassle. Unless you are a gamer or a very-demanding user, chances are that you will never see the difference between the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Honestly, the SD8+ Gen 1 seems like a more plausible choice if Nothing plans to keep its strategy without an absurd price increase. There are a lot of phones coming with this CPU. So, we can see the Nothing Phone (2) doing well if that is the case. A CPU like this one plus an appealing price can make it the flagship killer of 2023.
The brand’s second phone will arrive sometime in Q3 2023 which is sometime between July and September. Old rumors point to 12 GB of RAM, a 120 Hz OLED display, and a 5,000 mAh battery with fast charging. We expect the phone to keep its iconic design with the Glyph lights.
Nothing Phone (2) will be launched in the United States
Back the last month, Carl Pei confirmed that Nothing Phone (2) will be available in the US. One of the downsides of the Nothing Phone (2) – at least for US residents – is the phone’s absence in the country. The company’s founder and CEO stated that it was not possible to bring the phone there due to the limited amount of engineers they had in its earlier days. Also, they did not have enough resources to go through all the regulatory steps. However, things have changed abruptly, and now Nothing has more resources to enter Uncle Sam.
Since its debut in the smartphone market, Nothing promised to offer “Apple’s level of experience” on Android. We are curious to see how the brand will perform in the market where Apple shines.