Nothing’s journey began with the transparent Nothing Earbuds in 2021, and now they strive to capture users’ unique satisfaction with their innovative transparent smartphone design offerings.
The Nothing Phone 1 marked Nothing’s entry into the smartphone market in July 2022, offering a unique design compared to traditional smartphones. In July 2023, the brand unveiled the Nothing Phone 2, with performance upgrades, changes in specs, battery, and the Glyph LED interface.
However, the Phone 2 comes at a higher price, deviating from the mid-range budget of its predecessor. In today’s Nothing Phone 1 vs Nothing Phone 2 comparison, we assess whether the added features of the Phone 2 justify the increased asking price to their users and provide that extra “something” users seek.
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|Nothing Phone 1||Nothing Phone 2|
- Upgraded Glyph Stripes
When it comes to design, Nothing places significant emphasis on creating visually appealing devices. The Nothing Phone 1 showcased several notable design elements. It featured five Glyph stripes adorned with approximately 900 LEDs, forming the distinctive Glyph Interface. Additionally, a red dot light indicated when the phone was recording.
The Phone 1 came with an aluminum build with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, offering durability, and had an IP53 splash-resistant rating. Users could choose from various ringtone styles and customize the LED Glyph interface. The Phone 1 had a sleek boxy shape with flat edges, providing a comfortable grip. With a weight of 193 grams and a height of 159mm, the Phone 1 felt handy in the hand.
In comparison, the Nothing Phone 2 introduces significant design changes. It incorporates 11 new LED Glyph Stripes, and one single Glyph Stripes include about 16 individual LEDS, allowing for enhanced functionality across all 33 LEDs. That unique stripe is customizable with software.
The Phone 2 maintains the aluminum build of its predecessor but upgrades the water resistance to an IP54 rating, offering better protection against dust and water splashes. However, the Phone 2 is slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor, weighing 201.2 grams.
- LTPO OLED on Phone 2
- Upgraded Peak Brightness
- Same 120Hz Refresh Rate
The Nothing Phone 1 and Nothing Phone 2 both boast stunning OLED panels, although there are a few noteworthy differences. The Phone 1 features a 6.55-inch OLED panel with a 120Hz display, HDR10+ support, and a peak brightness of 1200 nits. With a resolution of 1080×2400 and 402 ppi, it delivers an immersive viewing experience with vibrant colors. Additionally, it includes an Always-On display for convenient interaction.
On the other hand, on the Phone 2, you get an upgraded LTPO OLED panel. This allows for a dynamic refresh rate adjustment, reducing power consumption without compromising the user experience. The Phone 2 also offers a higher peak brightness of up to 1600 nits, ensuring excellent visibility even in outdoor settings. Its display size has been increased to 6.7 inches, compared to the Phone 1’s 6.55 inches. The resolution is 1080×2412 pixels with 394 ppi, slightly lower due to the taller body and larger display.
Both models support HDR10+ and feature a 120Hz refresh rate, providing smooth and lifelike visuals. Furthermore, both Phones incorporate an Always-On display, allowing users to quickly access information at a glance.
Whether you choose the Phone 1 or the Phone 2, you can expect an impressive display that enhances your content viewing experience with vivid colors, sharp details, and excellent brightness levels.
- Upgraded Front Camera for Phone 2
Both the Nothing Phone 1 and the new Nothing Phone 2 feature similar camera modules and sensors, with one notable upgrade in the front camera department. The Nothing Phone 1 boasts a 50MP dual sensor setup for wide and ultrawide shots, capturing photos with decent colors, dynamic range, and sharpness.
While it may not reach the same level as flagship devices like Pixels or iPhones, it still delivers a satisfying imaging experience. The phone also supports 4K recording with its rear camera, providing users with high-quality video options. On the front, the Phone 1 houses a 16MP camera capable of recording 1080p videos, delivering good selfie quality but not on par with high-end devices.
And compared with the new Nothing Phone 2, the main back camera setup remains the same as its Phone 1, with a 50MP dual sensor configuration for wide and ultrawide lenses, offering an aperture of f/1.9 and f/2.2, respectively. The Phone 2 delivers vibrant colors, improved dynamic range, and good sharpness for daylight photography.
There is an improvement in the front camera receiving a significant upgrade, with the megapixel count doubling from 16MP in the Phone 1 to 32MP in the Phone 2. HDR capabilities are now available for front camera shots, and it continues to support 1080p recording.
It’s worth noting that the Phone 2 only offers 4K recording for the rear camera, which may disappoint users seeking high-quality selfie vlogging experiences. Both phones deliver appreciable camera performance, with the Phone 2 offering an enhanced front camera experience.
- Upgraded Chipset
- Larger Storage Option
The Nothing Phone 1 and Nothing Phone 2 demonstrate notable improvements in terms of performance. The Phone 1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ chipset, featuring a 6-nanometer process and a 2.5 Octa-core processor.
With options of up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, it delivers smooth multitasking capabilities. The Adreno 642L GPU performs decent for gaming purposes, ensuring an enjoyable gaming experience.
On the other hand, the Nothing Phone 2 takes a leap forward with the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. This chipset features a 4-nanometer process and a 3.0 Octa-core processor, significantly enhancing performance and app responsiveness compared to the previous year’s model.
The Phone 2 also offers an upgraded storage option, now providing up to 512GB of storage, alongside options for up to 12GB of RAM. The inclusion of the Adreno 730 GPU ensures smooth gaming performance, with games like PUBG MOBILE and Fortnite running without any noticeable lag.
While some may have anticipated the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset with the Phone 2, the performance delivered by last year’s chipset remains impressive, especially considering the updated price point.
The Nothing Phone 1 and Nothing Phone 2 offer commendable performance, with the Phone 2 showcasing a noticeable improvement in speed and smoothness across apps and gaming experiences.
- Updated OS
- Software Merge with Glyph Stripes
When it comes to software experience the Nothing Phone 1 and Nothing Phone 2 showcase significant differences, as Nothing introduces new changes and upgrades with their unique Glyph LEDs.
The Nothing Phone 1 runs on “Android 12 with Nothing OS 1.5.3.” The software runs smoothly without lag issues, and Nothing’s distinct black-and-white UI design brings a fresh look.
The classic-styled icons and fonts add to the overall aesthetic. The Phone 1 offers 5 Glyph Ringtones and app drawers for the home screen, along with unique options for creating large folders. However, the Glyph LEDs are limited to ringtone notifications and are not customizable.
Moving the Nothing Phone 2, it features the newer “Android 13 based on Nothing OS 2.” The software introduces new widget options on the lock screen that can be fully customized from preferred apps. Nothing has maintained a clean Android 13 experience while incorporating its unique UI and software integration. Users can choose from various clock and weather widgets, and there is an option to resize app icons, prioritizing certain apps.
The Phone 2 introduces 11 glyph stripes with 33 LEDs, with one glyph featuring 16 LEDs, which serves a purpose. For example, when setting an alarm or timer, the lights will automatically glow and minimize. Additionally, Nothing has partnered with Uber and Zomato, allowing for the LEDs to close in as a visual notification for these apps.
Furthermore, For people who are artists and like to create their own tunes, they’ll be glad to know that Nothing has collaborated with “Swedish House Mafia” to provide users with the ability to create and compose their own custom ringtones, catering to those who enjoy personalizing their device experience.
- Improved Battery
- Upgraded Fast-Charging
The Nothing Phone 1 and Nothing Phone 2 show noticeable improvements in terms of battery life. The Phone 1 was equipped with a 4500mAh battery, offering a full day of performance. Its 33W wired fast-charging capability ensures efficient and speedy charging. Additionally, it supported 15W wireless charging and featured a convenient 5W reverse wireless charging option.
Moving on to the Nothing Phone 2, there is a welcome upgrade in battery capacity with a 4700mAh battery, providing even better battery life. Charging speed has also improved, now offering 45W fast charging instead of the previous year’s 33W. This significant jump in charging speed translates to a fully charged battery in approximately 1 hour or, as Nothing claims, in just 55 minutes.
The Phone 2 maintains its predecessor’s 15W Qi wireless charging and 5W reverse charging capabilities. Although do remember guys that, similar to the previous year, the charger is not included in the box, so you will have to buy it which is an extra cost. However, the Phone 2 does come with a transparent type-C to type-C cable, which adds a stylish touch to the charging experience.
With improved battery capacity and faster charging speeds, the Nothing Phone 1 and Nothing Phone 2 ensure a reliable and convenient power solution for your everyday needs.
Here is a more specified overview of the Nothing Phone 1 specification against the phone 2 specs-
|Specs||Nothing Phone 1||Nothing Phone 2|
|Display||6.55 inch, OLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1200 nits peak, Always On Display||6.7 inch, LTPO OLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1600 nits peak, Always On Display|
|Protection||Glass front(Gorilla Glass 5),glass back(Gorilla Glass 5),aluminum frame
IP53 – splash, water & dust resistant
|Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame
IP54 – splash, water & dust resistant
|Camera||Main: 50 MP Main f/1.9, OIS
50MP, f/2.2, Ultrawide
Video: 4K@30fps, 1080@30/60fps,
|Main: 50 MP, f/1.9, 24mm Wide, OIS
50 MP, f/2.2, Ultrawide
Features: LED Flash, panorama, HDR
Video: 4K@30, 1080@30/60fps, Gyro-EIS, Live HDR
|Platform||OS: Android 12, upgradable to Android 13, Nothing OS 1.5.3
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ (6nm)
GPU: Adreno 642L
|OS: Android 13, Nothing OS 2
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm)
GPU: Adreno 730
|Ram-ROM||8GB RAM+128GB, 8GB+256GB, RAM, 12GB RAM+256GB||8GB RAM+128GB, 12GB+256GB, RAM, 12GB RAM+512GB|
|Battery||4,500, 33W Wired, 15W Wireless, 5W reverse Wireless||4,700, 45W Wired, 15W Wireless, 5W reverse Wireless|
|Audio||Built‑in stereo speaker||Built‑in stereo speaker|
|Features||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, Bluetooth 5.2||5G, LTE, Bluetooth 5.3|
|Colors||White, Black||White, Dark Gray|
In conclusion, when comparing the Nothing Phone 1 to the new Nothing Phone 2, it ultimately depends on your preferences and priorities. If you appreciate the unique design, transparent aesthetics, and upgraded features such as the chipset, improved battery life, and cool Glyph LEDs with more customization options, then the Phone 2 is the way to go.
However, if budget is a concern and you still desire a device with a distinctive transparent design and Glyph lights, along with a semi-flagship processor and decent battery life, the affordable Nothing Phone 1 is still a solid choice.
Ultimately, the decision boils down to whether you value the upgraded Nothing OS, improved performance, and are willing to pay the higher price for the Phone 2, or if you prefer the affordability and overall coolness of the previous model.
Lastly, if you just need a new device then the Nothing Phone 1 could be a good deal, but it’s worth mentioning that from Nothing Phone 2 is also a considerably great deal around that similar price range.
Get the Nothing Phone 1, if:
> You want a unique design phone;
> You require a cool-looking device that has a mid-range processor;
> You need a freshly new OS experience with good battery life.
Get the Nothing Phone 2, if:
> You want a flagship processor;
> You adore a unique design with fancy lighting capabilities ;
> You want a bigger battery that has fast charging.
Mohammad Shariful Islam is the CEO and MD of Apple Gadgets, a leading e-commerce and retail chain for gadgets in Bangladesh. He has a passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and holds a decade of experience in gadget E-Commerce. He’s committed to providing the best possible shopping experience for customers by delivering the latest and trendy gadgets.