Nothing Phone 2 was launched on July 11, 2023, and since then it is making waves in the smartphone industry. We have got the retail unit on our hands from Flipkart. We have 8GB RAM and 12GB storage variant with dark grey colour. According to that, we gave our first initial impression of this device.
The device also received a Nothing OS 2.0.1 OTA update but our device hasn’t received it as of now writing the article.
The unboxing experience of the Nothing Phone 2 is reminiscent of its predecessor, the Nothing Phone 1. Opening the box reveals the device itself, accompanied by necessary paperwork, a SIM ejector tool, and a Type-C charging cable with transparent ports. Notably, the retail unit does not include a charger.
Design and Display:
The Nothing Phone 2 retains a familiar design, with flat edges and vertically aligned dual cameras accompanied by an LED flash and a microphone. The standout feature is the Glyph interface, now enhanced with 11 LED lights, providing an eye-catching visual experience. The curved back design, available in white and black color options, offers a comfortable grip. The front showcases a large 6.7-inch screen with the camera placement now centered.
Nothing OS 2.0:
The highlight of the Nothing Phone 2 is the introduction of Nothing OS 2.0. This updated operating system brings various UI changes, new features, and improvements. Notable enhancements include the Glyph Composer, lock screen widgets, and folder customization options. The OTA update, which was not available during the review period, promises to bring further enhancements to the Glyph interface and additional features like quick setting widgets and app cloning.
Display and Audio:
The Nothing Phone 2 boasts a vibrant and bright display, thanks to its LTPS technology and improved peak brightness of 1600 nits. The colors appear visually appealing, and the screen is well-suited for multimedia consumption. The device also features dual stereo speakers, delivering rich and balanced sound quality.
Performance and Battery:
Equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, the performance of the Nothing Phone 2 is commendable, although some minor optimization may be required through future OTA updates. Benchmark tests revealed decent scores, but CPU throttling issues were observed during extensive usage. However, gaming performance, tested with popular titles like Battlegrounds Mobile India and Call of Duty, proved satisfactory, with smooth frame rates and good gyroscope performance.
Camera and Imaging:
Due to limited testing time and pending OTA updates, a comprehensive analysis of the Nothing Phone 2’s camera performance was not possible. It has a dual 50MP camera on the back and 32MP front camera. It is the same camera setup as Nothing Phone (1) had it. But this front camera came in the center of the display.
Initial impressions indicate the need for improvements in low-light photography, dynamic range, and video stabilization. An upcoming OTA update is expected to address these concerns.
Connectivity and Additional Features:
The Nothing Phone 2 offers a range of connectivity options, including carrier aggregation, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, and 5G support. However, minor issues were observed with Wi-Fi calling functionality. Nothing Phone 2 users may anticipate future updates to address this and other connectivity-related concerns.
The Nothing Phone 2, accompanied by the Nothing OS 2.0, presents a stylish and innovative smartphone experience. While the device showcases some impressive features, including the Glyph interface and dual stereo speakers, certain areas, such as camera performance and connectivity, may require further optimization. With future OTA updates, Nothing has the opportunity to enhance the overall user experience. Potential buyers should consider the complete review, including detailed assessments of camera capabilities, battery life, and charging speeds, to make an informed decision.
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