The Nothing Phone 2 and Google Pixel 7 are two of the most anticipated smartphones of 2023. Both phones offer a number of impressive features, including high-end processors, fast charging, and versatile cameras. However, there are also some key differences between the two phones.
The Nothing Phone 2 has a more unique design, with a transparent back and a distinctive LED notification system. It also runs on Nothing OS 2, a new custom Android skin with multiple widget styles and folder customization.
The Google Pixel 7, on the other hand, has a more traditional design and runs on Google’s own Tensor G2 chip, a good dual camera along with a day-long battery life in the stock android experience.
In today’s comparison between the nothing phone 2 vs pixel 7, let’s go a bit deeper about what they stand against each other with their ultimate specs. And find out which is right for you to choose as both gives greater android experience.
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|Nothing Phone 2||Pixel 7|
- Upgraded Glyph Stripes for Phone 2
- Pixel 7
The Nothing Phone (2) showcases a significant leap in design, reflecting Nothing’s dedication to innovation and aesthetics. It features 11 Glyph Stripes LEDs on the back, providing a distinct sci-fi feel, while the curved edges add a touch of luxury and improved grip.
The camera module now includes dual flashlights, enhancing the photography experience, and the front camera punch-hole has been centered for a balanced display design. The Phone 2 comes in two color options only, the same old white and a new dark gray color variant with a gunmetal finish sets it apart from other devices.
In contrast, the Google Pixel 7 review reveals slight differences in design. The Pixel 7 is slightly curved and has a more compact size, measuring 155mm in height compared to the Nothing Phone 2’s 162mm. The weight is just 5 grams lighter at 197 grams. The Pixel 7 also boasts a durable build with Gorilla Glass Victus and an aluminum frame, ensuring protection against drops.
Additionally, the Pixel 7 excels with an IP68 dust and water resistance rating, allowing it to withstand water rides at theme parks and rainy conditions. In comparison, the Nothing Phone 2 has an IP54 rating for water resistance. The Pixel 7’s superior water resistance makes it a more reliable choice in wet environments.
- LTPO OLED on Phone 2
- OLED on Pixel 7
The Nothing Phone 2 and the Pixel 7 both both has impressive display, although Nothing has few better display characteristics.
The Nothing Phone 2 flaunts a stunning 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display that guarantees a visually immersive experience. With a rapid 120Hz refresh rate, interactions on the screen feel incredibly smooth and fluid. The HDR10+ support ensures vibrant colors and enhanced contrast, making every image and video pop with life-like detail.
Moreover, the peak brightness of 1600 nits ensures excellent outdoor visibility even in bright sunlight, perfect for enjoying content on the go. The 1080×2412 pixel resolution produces a sharp 394 ppi, offering clear and crisp visuals.
The added protection of Gorilla Glass safeguards the display from potential scratches, while the Always-On Display feature keeps users updated with notifications at a glance.
On the other hand, the Pixel 7 comes with impressive 6.3-inches AMOLED panel with 1080×2400 resolution, providing a commendable pixel-per-inch (PPI) count of 416, outshining Nothing Phone 2 in this aspect. Despite its smaller size, the Pixel 7 manages to deliver exceptional visual clarity.
Additionally, users will enjoy the convenience of an Always-On display and the added protection of Gorilla Glass Victus. With a peak brightness of 1400 nits, the display offers good visibility, although it falls short by 200 nits compared to Nothing Phone 2’s 1600 nits.
While the Pixel 7 features a smooth 90Hz refresh rate for app transitions, Nothing Phone 2’s 120Hz refresh rate ensures even faster response times.
- Upgraded Front Camera for Phone 2
Nothing Phone 2, the main back camera comes with a larger 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.
In the case of the front-facing Camera, you get a 32MP in the Phone 2 which has HDR capabilities are now available for front camera shots. The photos show good quality in daylight with great dynamic range and color accuracy.
For recording you will get 4K recording for the rear cameras of Nothing Phone 2, which gives good sharpness in recording for daylight, and good sharpness during the night. Sadly, only 1080p with the front camera provides decent outdoor footage in daylight and minimum details in a low-light recording.
On the other hand, the Pixel 7 camera setup offers impressive capabilities, featuring a dual-camera system on the back. One of the rear cameras is a 50MP sensor with an f/1.9 aperture, ensuring excellent photo quality with vivid colors and intricate details, similar to Nothing Phone 2’s camera performance.
The second rear camera is a 12MP ultra-wide lens, slightly smaller in megapixels compared to Nothing’s 50MP ultra-wide, but it compensates with a wide f/2.2 aperture and a 114-degree field of view, capturing expansive landscapes with ease.
On the front, the Pixel 7 excels at taking selfies, courtesy of its 10.8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture, outshining Nothing Phone 2’s front camera with a smaller f/2.5 aperture. You also get 4K recording capabilities with the Pixel 7 for both the front and back camera whereas nothing only offers 4K for its back camera lenses.
- Upgraded Chipset
- Larger Storage Option
The Nothing Phone 2 has taken a significant step forward with its latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. This new chipset employs a cutting-edge 4-nanometer process and a powerful 3.0 Octa-core processor, resulting in a remarkable boost in performance. In fact, the Phone 2 outperforms Pixel 7’s Tensor G2, as demonstrated by its higher scores in Antutu benchmark tests.
Additionally, the Phone 2 now offers an enhanced storage option, allowing users to enjoy up to 512GB of storage capacity, and it provides the potential for up to 12GB of RAM. With the incorporation of the Adreno 730 GPU, gamers can expect seamless performance, enjoying popular games like PUBG MOBILE and Fortnite without experiencing any noticeable lag.
In comparison, the Pixel 7 delivers exceptional performance with its new Google Tensor G2. The Pixel 7 delivers commendable day-to-day performance with its 5-nanometer processor, ensuring smooth handling of regular activities.
Tensor G2 processor operates at 2.85GHz, limiting its processing speed, however, it falls short in comparison to Nothing Phone 2’s 4-nanometer Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, featuring a faster 3.0GHz octa-core setup, providing superior overall performance.
Additionally, the device only offers an 8GB RAM variant for both 128GB and 256GB storage options, whereas Nothing Phone 2 provides up to 12GB of RAM with 512GB storage, catering to users’ need for more memory. While the Pixel 7’s Mali-G710 MP7 GPU performs well for gaming, it still lags behind Nothing Phone 2’s Adreno 730 from Qualcomm in terms of speed.
- Android 13 based on Nothing OS 2
- Android 13 on Pixel
The Nothing Phone 2 runs on Android 13, based on Nothing OS 2. This software update brings new lock screen widgets, allowing users to customize them with their preferred apps. Users can also resize app icons and get 3 years of Android updates and 4 years of security patches.
The Phone 2 also has 11 glyph stripes with 33 LEDs, each serving a specific purpose. For example, the LEDs will minimize when setting an alarm or timer. Nothing has also partnered with Uber and Zomato to enable visual notifications for these apps through the LEDs.
In addition, Nothing has collaborated with “Swedish House Mafia” to offer users the ability to create custom ringtones. This partnership caters to those who love personalizing their device experience.
On the contrary, Pixel 7’s software offers the latest Android 13 operating system, providing more than just customizable themes and icons. Besides that, you will also get multilingual app support and dynamic spatial audio, enhancing your user experience. With advanced security features, your personal data is well safeguarded.
However, the true standout feature of the Pixel 7 is Google’s commitment to providing five years of updates until 2027, so a little extra 2 years of OS updates compared to Nothing Phone 2. This remarkable promise means your phone will remain up-to-date and secure for an extended period, offering peace of mind and longevity for your device.
- Nothing has better fast Charging
When it comes to the battery performance of the Nothing Phone 2 versus the Pixel 7, it’s evident that a reliable and long-lasting battery is crucial for any device. Both phones feature lithium-ion batteries, but the Nothing Phone 2 takes the lead by offering better battery specs to its users.
With a substantial 4700mAh Li-Ion battery, the Nothing Phone 2 provides impressive endurance. Its 45W wired charging capability allows the phone to be fully charged in just 55 minutes, making it highly convenient for users who are always on the go. For moderate usage, the battery can easily last a full day and even longer for basic apps and light gaming.
Additionally, the 15W wireless charging capability offers a convenient way to power up, although it does take a bit more time than the wired option. The 5W reverse wireless charging feature is also a handy addition, allowing users to share battery power with other devices.
On the other hand, the Pixel 7 boasts a robust battery, offering a day’s worth of charge with its 4355mAh capacity, ensuring extended usage without constant recharging. While it falls short of Nothing’s impressive 4700mAh battery, the Pixel 7 compensates with its convenient 20W wired and 20W wireless charging options, including reverse wireless charging capabilities.
However, Nothing Phone 2 takes the lead in charging speed with its remarkable 45W power delivery, providing faster charging times compared to the Pixel 7’s 20W. A full charge with the 20W charger may take slightly over an hour for the Pixel 7, whereas Nothing’s 45W charger completes the task in less than an hour.
Here is a more specified overview of the Pixel 7specification against the phone 2 specs-
|Specs||Nothing Phone 2||Pixel 7|
|Display||6.7 inch, LTPO OLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1600 nits peak, Always On Display||6.3’’ 90Hz AMOLED, HDR10+, 416ppi, 1400nits|
|Protection||Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame
IP54 – splash, water & dust resistant
|Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, Aluminum Frame, 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)
|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
CPU: Google Tensor G2 Titan (6nm)
GPU: ARM Mali-G68 MC4
|Ram-ROM||8GB RAM+128GB, 12GB+256GB, RAM, 12GB RAM+512GB
|8GB RAM+128GB, 8GB+256GB
|Battery||4,700, 45W Wired, 15W Wireless, 5W reverse Wireless
USB Type-C 2.0
|4,355mAh, 20W Wired, Qi-Certified,
20W wirelessReverse wireless
USB Type-C 3.2
|Audio||Built‑in stereo speaker||Stereo speakers, 3 microphones, Noise suppression|
|Features||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|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 5.2|
|Colors||White, Dark Gray||Obsidian, Snow, Lemongrass|
In conclusion, the Nothing Phone 2 and the Pixel 7 both offer strong performances, being Android Market contenders.
The Nothing Phone 2 stands out for those seeking a fresh experience with its unique design and eye-catching Glyph LEDs, complemented by its impressive performance and brighter display. However, it lacks the robust water protection found in the Pixel 7. Do remember, you will also get a higher refresh rate and the Qualcomm chipset contribute to a smoother overall performance.
On the other hand, the Pixel 7 provides a seamless stock Android experience and better water protection quality compared to the Nothing Phone 2. If you are someone who values the traditional design of Google’s Pixel and prioritizes sturdier build quality, the Pixel 7 remains a strong choice.
Ultimately, the best phone for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you’re looking for a unique and stylish phone with a clean software experience, the Nothing Phone 2 is a great option. If you’re looking for a phone with the latest and greatest Google features, the Pixel 7 is the better choice.
Get the Nothing Phone 2, if:
> You want better customization with your phone;
> You require a unique design with fancy lighting capabilities ;
> You need a bigger battery that has fast charging capability.
Get the Pixel 7, if:
> You like using the Pixel devices;
> You require better water-resistance of IP68 in a Google phone;
> You want a great camera and better OS updates.
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.