Nothing CEO Carl Pei will announce that his company’s next phone, the Nothing Phone 2, will feature the high-end Snapdragon 8-series chipset at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona. When I took the stage for the performance, I gathered a sizeable audience.
In fact, it wasn’t the revelation we were hoping for.The possibility of sneaking a peek into the phone itself was the real draw.The new information is less important than Pei’s announcement was first thought. It suggests that
As 91Mobiles first discovered
(opens in new tab)Qualcomm executive Alex Katosian may have accidentally revealed in a now-edited LinkedIn post. (opens in new tab) The Nothing Phone 2 will use the first-generation Snapdragon 8 chipset instead of the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Specifically, the new phone will use the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, which appeared in phones with better performance such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and OnePlus 10T in late 2022.
However, this also means that the Nothing Phone 2 doesn’t have a processor that can match the best Android smartphones of 2023, such as the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and OnePlus 11. and the OnePlus 11 review). – down with these two handsets).
Nothing Phone 1 uses the Snapdragon 778G Plus chipset (Image credit: Future)
That said, from a performance standpoint, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset is a huge improvement over the Snapdragon 778G Plus that powers the Nothing Phone 1, and some of the best smartphones continue to be Qualcomm’s for 2022. It makes good use of the hardware. .
In fact, the Nothing Phone 2 should feel just as powerful as Samsung’s best phone of 2022, with much better performance and image processing capabilities compared to its predecessor.
Additionally, the Nothing Phone 2’s adoption of the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 instead of the Gen 2 gives it a price advantage. By allowing Nothing to keep costs down on components, the company could be able to offer the first truly premium phone at a price below its top rival.
Admittedly, the Nothing Phone 2 doesn’t come cheap. That price tag almost certainly beats his £399 / €469 / AU$749 equivalent on its predecessor. It puts a little more power under the hood (even if that power doesn’t hold a candle to 2023’s latest and greatest).