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Nothing Phone 1 vs Nothing Phone 2: What’s The Difference?

Here’s a quick comparison of the Nothing Phone 1 vs Nothing Phone 2, looking at the main differences between the two phones, including their specs, hardware, and new capabilities…


The Nothing Phone 2 now has an official release date. And it is also coming to the USA. Unlike its predecessor, the phone runs a slew of high-end hardware but manages to keep its flagship-killer pricing in tact.

Given the sheer lack of choice in the sub-$600 category in the US, the Nothing Phone 2 could go on to be a wildly successful release for the London start-up.

Here’s everything you need to know about how the Nothing Phone 2 compares to the Nothing Phone 1…

Nothing Phone 1 vs Nothing Phone 2 – Quick Overview

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Design and Dimensions:

The Nothing Phone 1 weighs 193.5g with dimensions of 159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3 mm. The Nothing Phone 2 is slightly larger and heavier, measuring 162.1 x 76.4 x 8.6 mm and weighing 201.2g. Both phones have Gorilla Glass on the front and back, and an aluminum frame for durability.

Both devices have a unique design feature: Multiple LED lights on the back, serving as notifications, charging progress indicators, and camera fill lights. Additionally, they also have a blinking red light on the back as a video recording indicator.

Protection and Durability:

The Nothing Phone 1 holds an IP53 rating for splash, water, and dust resistance, while the Nothing Phone 2 improves on this with an IP54 rating, offering slightly better dust and splash resistance.

Display:

The Nothing Phone 1 has a 6.55-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ and peak brightness of 1200 nits.

The Nothing Phone 2 comes with a larger 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display, the same resolution, but a significantly higher peak brightness of 1600 nits. The 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support is maintained.

Performance and Software:

The Nothing Phone 1 shipped with Android 12, upgradable to Android 13, powered by the Snapdragon 778G+ 5G chipset. The Nothing Phone 2 launches with Android 13, backed by a more powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. But it still lacks the punch of similarly priced phones like the OnePlus 11; check out our OnePlus 11 vs Nothing Phone 2 comparison post for more information.

Memory and Storage:

The Nothing Phone 1 offered variants with 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, and 256GB 12GB RAM. The Nothing Phone 2 introduces a top-tier variant with 512GB 12GB RAM, in addition to the 128GB 8GB RAM and 256GB 12GB RAM variants.

Camera:

Both phones come with a dual camera setup, featuring a 50 MP wide-angle lens and a 50 MP ultra-wide lens. However, the Nothing Phone 2 improves on the video recording capabilities, offering 4K recording at 60fps compared to the Nothing Phone 1’s 30fps.

The selfie camera sees a significant upgrade, with the Nothing Phone 2 boasting a 32 MP sensor compared to the Nothing Phone 1’s 16 MP sensor.

Battery and Charging:

The Nothing Phone 1 packs a 4500mAh battery, with 33W wired and 15W wireless charging. The Nothing Phone 2 houses a slightly larger 4700mAh battery, and supports faster 45W wired charging alongside 15W wireless charging.

Connectivity:

Both phones offer comprehensive connectivity options, with Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 on the Nothing Phone 1 (5.3 on the Nothing Phone 2), and NFC. Notably, the Nothing Phone 2 improves on positioning services, offering GPS with L1+L5 support, compared to the L1 support on the Nothing Phone 1.

How Nothing Improved The Nothing Phone 2

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The Nothing Phone 2 builds on its predecessor’s strengths with several significant enhancements, including an upgraded chipset, an improved display, faster charging, a better front camera, and slightly improved durability with a higher IP rating. These improvements position the Nothing Phone 2 as a competitive player in the mid-to-high range smartphone market.

SpecificationNothing Phone 1Nothing Phone 2
Dimensions159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3 mm162.1 x 76.4 x 8.6 mm
Weight193.5 g201.2 g
BuildGlass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frameGlass (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame
IP RatingIP53IP54
Display6.55″ OLED, 120Hz, 1080 x 2400, 500/1200 nits6.7″ LTPO OLED, 120Hz, 1080 x 2412, 1600 nits
OSAndroid 12 (upgradable to 13), Nothing OS 1.5.3Android 13, Nothing OS 2
ChipsetQualcomm SM7325-AE Snapdragon 778G+ 5GQualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Memory128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM
Main CameraDual 50 MP, 4K@30fpsDual 50 MP, 4K@30/60fps
Selfie Camera16 MP, 1080p@30fps32 MP, 1080p@30fps
Battery4500mAh, 33W wired, 15W wireless4700mAh, 45W wired, 15W wireless
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS (L1)Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS (L1+L5)

The Nothing Phone 2 will also get a much wider release than its predecessor. The phone will be available to buy in the USA with support for both T-Mobile and AT&T’s bands (both 4G and 5G) and its price point, just $599.99, will make it a very appealing proposition for many US consumers in 2023 and beyond.

The Nothing Phone 2 is now available to order, you can get yours here.

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He has written for Den of Geek, Fortean Times, IT PRO, PC Pro, ALPHR, and many other technology sites. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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