In the ever-evolving world of smartphones, Samsung has been a dominant force with its impressive line of Galaxy devices, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra has particularly stood out in 2023. However, a bold newcomer named Nothing is stepping into the arena, ready to challenge the status quo with its amazing designs in a close to flagship package.
While Samsung boasts the Galaxy S23 series, highlighted by the powerhouse Galaxy S23 Ultra, featuring a larger display, bigger battery, outstanding camera capabilities, and a flagship processor, Nothing takes a different route. Their latest offering, the Nothing Phone 2, boasts a distinct design with LED accents but relies on a previous year’s flagship processor.
In today’s head-to-head comparison between the nothing phone 2 vs galaxy s23 ultra, we’ll dive into the specifications, design elements, and more to see how these two contenders stack up against each other.
Table of Contents
- Key Differences
- Extra Features
- UI & OS
- Battery Life
|Nothing Phone 2||Galaxy S23 Ultra|
- Upgraded Glyph Stripes for Phone 2
- Solid build for both the device
When it come to design and build quality, the Nothing Phone 2 has a unique design that is characterized by its transparent back panel and of course with its newer 11 glyph LEDs. This allows you to see the phone’s internals, which is a bit of a novelty and also lets you show your style by using brighter glaze with LED lights features.
You will get the Phone 2 in two colors, the same old white and the black is turned to sort of gray now. The phone is made of recycled aluminum and Corning Gorilla Glass protection for the display. For protection and sudden rain and splash the Phone 2 has an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance, which is not great compared to flagships like the Galaxy S23 Ultra that gives you better IP rating.
In case of the the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a more traditional design just like the previous Galaxy S22 Ultra from last years, although it is a more flatter with the same slimmer curve which gives it a more premium feel. It’s a big phone obviously, as its the ultra with four big cameras at the back and a stylus at the bottom. The stylus is located just at the left side of the device hidden inside a drawer, press it like a button and you open the boundaries of creativity.
The phone is made of armor aluminum frame with tougher drop and scratch resistance and Gorilla Glass Victus 2 for protecting the front display, and it has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, which literally makes it stronger to withstand water resistant compared to Nothing Phone 2. So, the S23 Ultra is a slightly larger and heavier than the Nothing Phone 2.
- LTPO OLED on Phone 2
- Dynamic Amoled 2x on Galaxy S23 Ultra
The Nothing Phone (2) features a stunning 6.7-inch flexible LTPO AMOLED display with a variable refresh rate, providing optimal battery efficiency and vibrant visuals. Its thinner bezels and increased screen-to-body ratio of 87.2% offer an immersive experience.
The 2412×1080 pixel resolution ensures clarity despite a slightly lower pixel density than its predecessor. The 120Hz refresh rate delivers smooth and seamless interactions, while HDR10+ support enables a cinematic experience for FHD movies and high-resolution videos.
With a peak brightness of 1600 nits outdoors, surpassing last year’s model, visibility under bright sunlight is excellent. The Nothing Phone (2) presents a greater specs compared to its previous Nothing Phone 1, although it might face a tons competitive specs when we talk about the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
And on the other hand, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will captivate you with its 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x display, offering an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 89.9%, even more than the Nothing Phone 2.
With a fast 120Hz refresh rate like its competitor, the S23 Ultra delivers smooth interactions. The display resolution of 1440×3088 pixels provides an abundance of 500ppi, ensuring excellent clarity and an immersive viewing experience.
Enjoying content is a delight with HDR10+ support, and the display’s peak brightness of 1750 nits surpasses the Nothing Phone 2 by 150 nits. Adding Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection, the Galaxy S23 Ultra offers enhanced durability compared to the Nothing Phone’s Gorilla Glass 5.
- Dual Camera on Phone 2
- Four Camera on Galaxy S23 Ultra
When it comes to smartphone photography, both the Nothing Phone 2 and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra offer commendable camera capabilities, catering to the needs of photography enthusiasts. However, there are notable differences between the two devices that could influence your decision, specially people who loves extra camera capabilities.
The Nothing Phone 2 boasts a dual 50-MP camera setup, featuring a wide and an ultra-wide lens. The 50MP wide camera with its f/1.9 aperture captures high-quality photos with impressive color accuracy and sharpness.
The ultra-wide lens, with its 114-degree field of view and f/2.2 aperture, produces excellent daylight photos. Though the front camera offers a decent 32MP resolution, the recording is limited to 1080p, whereas the back camera supports 4K recording.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra comes with a four camera setup with two extra camera compared to Phone 2. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra boasts a powerful pro-grade quad-camera system, capturing with exceptional prowess.
It includes a 200-MP wide-angle camera with f/1.7 aperture that shoots colorful and sharp photos, a 12-MP ultra-wide, 10-MP periscope telephoto with 10x optical zoom, and a 10-MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom.
Galaxy S23 Ultra offers 30X Space Zoom (3x optical, 30x digital) with AI Super Resolution. It excels in low-light photography with nightography and astrophotography, ensuring crisp shots from dusk till dawn.
The cutting-edge camera setup delivers stunning photos with excellent detail and dynamic range. The groundbreaking 200MP wide-angle brings unprecedented clarity for anyone who loves taking photos, making it superior against Nothing Phone 2’s dual lenses.
With its 12MP front camera, you can have dual video calling, Auto-HDR option, HDR10+, and 4K video at 30 and 60fps, surpassing Nothing Phone 2’s 1080p front camera. Which also gives you greater selfie photos and details for day and night.
- Upgraded Chipset
- Larger Storage Option
The Nothing Phone 2 lives up to its name, impressing users with outstanding performance and internal features. Powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, it boasts a 3.0GHz Octa-core performance and offers excellent power savings.
The 120Hz refresh rate ensures a smooth user experience, while the upgraded 512GB storage and 12GB LPDDR5 RAM support heavy apps seamlessly. Gamers will enjoy the Adreno 730 GPU for lag-free gaming.
The phone’s audio quality is commendable with three HD mics and dual stereo speakers. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 6 and upgraded Bluetooth 5.3. Overall, the Nothing Phone 2 is a powerful and enjoyable device for users and gamers alike.
On the contrary, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, a cutting-edge 4-nanometer chipset, making it one of the most powerful phones available. It outperforms the Nothing Phone 2, which uses last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.
Furthermore, the S23 Ultra features up to 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM, offering ultra-high data processing speeds of 8.5 Gbps. Its UFS 4.0 storage system is faster and more efficient than Nothing Phone 2’s LPDDR5 and UFS 3 storage, ensuring smoother performance for high-end apps and games.
With this impressive processing power and the powerful Adreno 740 GPU, gaming and streaming on the S23 Ultra are optimized and seamless. The GPU enhances graphics for heavy-duty games like Fortnite and Genshin Impact, and it also facilitates smoother editing of larger mobile videos to bring your exciting moments to life.
The S23 also boasts a superior USB type with 3.2, leaving Nothing’s basic USB 2.0 in the dust. Additionally, the Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint reader provides faster and more secure biometric authentication compared to Nothing Phone 2’s basic Optical fingerprint sensor.
While the Nothing Phone 2 offers a few extra Glyph LEDs for showcasing at night and improved timer visuality and software integration, the Galaxy S23 Ultra takes creativity to another level with its new Built-in S Pen.
This S Pen is a unique feature in the Galaxy series, allowing users to play and be creative with it. It’s important to note that the Built-in S Pen is specifically compatible only with its corresponding smartphone model, and the S Pen for Galaxy S21 Ultra is sold separately. The availability of Air Command and Air Action features may also vary depending on the model or app.
- Nothing OS 2
- iOS 16
The Nothing Phone 2 operates on the latest “Android 13, based on Nothing OS 2,” offering exciting options for lock screen widgets with full customization using preferred apps. It maintains a clean Android 13 experience with a unique UI and seamless software integration.
Users can select clock and weather widgets, resize app icons, and prioritize specific apps. The device comes with 3 years of Android updates and 4 years of security patches for added security.
Featuring 11 glyph stripes with 33 LEDs, each with a specific purpose, such as LED minimizing for alarm and timer notifications, the Phone 2 also provides visual notifications for Uber and Zomato, with more to come. Users can further personalize their experience by creating custom ringtones through a collaboration with “Swedish House Mafia.”
On the other hand, the Galaxy S23 Ultra operates on the latest Android 13, featuring Samsung’s newest One UI 5.1 skin. This intuitive interface enhances the user experience during navigation and exploration of the phone’s features.
With One UI 5.1, users can indulge in a broad range of customization options, including personalized themes, wallpapers, ringtones, touch sensitivity, and fonts, fostering creativity and convenience.
The camera experience is also elevated with enhanced features, such as Expert RAW support, empowering users to capture professional-quality photos directly from the Galaxy Camera app, showcasing their creativity and producing outstanding visuals.
- Nothing has better fast Charging
The battery life of a smartphone is a vital consideration for users who rely heavily on their devices throughout the day. The Nothing Phone 2 comes equipped with a sizable 4700mAh battery, ensuring it can easily last a full day and more on a single charge. Notably, the 45W charging capability allows for fast charging, providing a full 100% charge in just 55 minutes.
Additionally, the 15W wireless charging option is convenient, although it takes a bit longer at around 130 minutes for a full charge. The inclusion of a 5W reverse wireless charging feature allows users to charge their wireless accessories on the go.
In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is equipped with a slightly bigger 5000mAh battery, offering an additional 300mAh compared to Nothing Phone 2. This increase is well-suited for accommodating the larger display and more powerful chipset, ensuring sufficient battery life.
With 45W wired charging, similar to Nothing Phone 2’s capability, allowing you to reach 65% charge in just 30 minutes, and a full charge can be achieved in approximately 1 hour, benefiting from the extra 300mAh capacity of the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Additionally, the phone retains the convenience of 15W wireless charging and a 4.5W reverse wireless charging feature, allowing you to charge other devices using your Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Here is a more specified overview of the Galaxy S23 Ultraspecification against the phone 2 specs-
|Specs||Nothing Phone 2||Galaxy S23 Ultra|
|Display||6.7 inch, LTPO OLED, 1080×2412 pixels, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1600 nits peak, Always On Display||6.8’’ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 1440 x 3088 pixels, 120Hz, HDR10+, 500ppi, 1750nits peak brightness. Always-On Display|
|Protection||Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame
IP54 – splash, water & dust resistant
|Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, Armor aluminum frame with tougher drop and scratch resistance, IP68 Dust/Water resistant.|
|Special Design Feature||Multiple LED lights on the back (notifications, charging progress, camera fill light)
Blinking red light on the back (video recording indicator)
|Stylus (Bluetooth integration, accelerometer, gryo)|
|Camera||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
|Main: 50 MP, Super Res Zoom up to 8x
12 MP Ultra-Wide, 114˚ FOV
LED flash, HDR, panorama
|Platform||OS: Android 13, Nothing OS 2
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm)
GPU: Adreno 730
|OS: Android 13, One UI 5.1
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4nm)
GPU: Adreno 740
|Ram-ROM||8GB RAM+128GB, 12GB+256GB, RAM, 12GB RAM+512GB
|8GB RAM+256GB, 12GB+256GB, 12GB RAM+512GB ROM, 12GB RAM+ 1TB ROM
|Battery||4,700, 45W Wired, 15W Wireless, 5W reverse Wireless
USB Type-C 2.0
|5,000mAh, 45W Wired,
15W Reverse Wireless
4.5W Reverse Wireless
USB Type-C 3.2
|Audio||Built‑in stereo speaker||Stereo speakers,
Tuned by AKG
|Features||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass||Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer.
Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support)
Samsung Pay (Visa + MasterCard Certified)
Ultra Wideband (UWB) Support
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, 5G, LTE, Bluetooth 5.3||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, 5G, LTE, Bluetooth 5.3|
|Colors||White, Dark Gray||Phantom Black, Green, Cream, Lavender, Graphite, Sky Blue, Lime, Red, BMW M Edition|
In conclusion, choosing between the Nothing Phone 2 and the Galaxy S23 Ultra depends on individual preferences. If a unique back design and a newer Android experience with good performance are top priorities, the Nothing Phone 2 is a solid choice, offering impressive specs.
On the other hand, if a larger device is preferred, with a bigger display, more powerful specs, featuring Qualcomm’s latest chipset, and the added creativity of the S-Pen, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is the way to go. The S23 Ultra also comes with a larger battery to support its enhanced features.
Ultimately, users looking for a sleek device with good performance might lean towards the Nothing Phone 2, while those seeking a feature-rich and expansive smartphone experience would find the Galaxy S23 Ultra to be their ideal companion.
Get the Nothing Phone 2, if:
> You want to experience a new Android phone brand;
> You require a unique design with fancy lighting capabilities ;
> You need a bigger battery that has fast charging capability.
Get the Galaxy S23 Ultra, if:
> You want a large vivid display;
> You require the flagship processor in the market right now;
> You need a great camera phone with long-lasting battery life.
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.