Nothing Phone 3: Expected This Summer, But Not a Flagship Killer

Nothing Phone 3
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Nothing now has three phones in its lineup: Phone 1, Phone 2, and the recently launched Phone 2a. Now, the company is gearing up to release the Nothing Phone 3. As for when the successor will be dropping, the Phone 2 dropped last summer. So, the upcoming device will likely drop this summer, which is not far from now.

The Nothing Phone 3’s codename¬†was¬†already¬†revealed¬†recently, and AndroidHeadlines¬†has¬†spotted the phone in the database.¬†This¬†confirmed that the device is over the horizon.¬†However,¬†don’t¬†expect it to be a full-fledged flagship or a competitor to the Galaxy S24.

Nothing Phone 3 Could Stick to the Company’s Main Idea In Terms of Hardware

If you take a closer look at the Nothing Phone 1 and Phone 2, you will notice that none of them were competing against the flagships of their times. To be specific, the Phone 1 came with a Snapdragon 778G+, a mid-range SoC. The Phone 2 did bump up to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, but flagships had already moved to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 when it was released.

Nothing Phone (2a)

As for the Nothing Phone 2a, it, again,¬†comes with a mid-range SoC, the Dimensity 7200 Pro.¬†You may have already noticed that there’s a pattern here. That is, one with a mid-range, next with a last-gen flagship SoC, and then again with a mid-range processor. With this, it’s safe to say that the Phone 3 won’t¬†be launching¬†with the current flagship SoC.

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But the thing is, the Nothing Phone lineup was never about offering the latest and the greatest hardware. Instead, Nothing holds firmly to the idea of offering¬†an optimized experience. When the brand launched Phone 2, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 was as optimized as¬†it could get. At the current stage,¬†it seems that¬†Phone 3 could feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, a last-gen flagship. Even if that’s the case, the phone will still be a decent mid-range option.

But There’s A Chance That The Upcoming Phone Will Break the Pattern By A Little

While Nothing hasn’t officially confirmed the specs, rumors suggest the Phone 3 might deviate from the pattern of using last-generation flagship processors. 91mobiles claims the device could¬†be powered¬†by the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, a toned-down version of the flagship 8 Gen 3 with lower clock speeds.

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Nothing Phone (2)

This focus on a mid-range chipset aligns with Nothing’s previous strategy of offering optimized experiences rather than chasing the absolute top-of-the-line hardware. The 8s Gen 3 should still deliver strong performance, likely similar to last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, while prioritizing efficiency ‚Äď a potential benefit for battery life.

Nothing Phone (1) camera

Reports also suggest Nothing might address a shortcoming in previous phones ‚Äď fast charging. While details are unclear, rumors hint at an improvement over the 45W wired charging of Phone 2. Perhaps Nothing Phone 3 will boast faster charging speeds or even a larger battery capacity than the 4700mAh of Phone 2.

With a focus on efficiency and¬†potentially¬†faster charging, Nothing Phone 3 could solidify its position as a compelling mid-range option, especially if it maintains Nothing’s reputation for competitive pricing.

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