The highly competitive world of Android phones is witnessing a clash between industry giants and up-and-coming innovators. Samsung, renowned for its Galaxy series, has long dominated the market with its array of feature-rich Android phones, notably the Galaxy S23 series which flawlessly combines compact design with flagship specifications.
In contrast, emerging companies like Nothing have been challenging the status quo by introducing cutting-edge designs and LED glamour, setting themselves apart in uniqueness and appeal. The Nothing Phone 2 boasts an eye-catching back Glyph, complemented by last year’s flagship processor, which promises seamless performance.
Now, the stage is set for a showdown as we pit the Nothing Phone 2 against the Pixel 7. Google’s Pixel series has also garnered a loyal following, with each new iteration impressing users with its stock Android experience and exceptional camera capabilities.
In this comparison, we will dive into their specifications, designs, and other factors to determine which device emerges victorious in this battle of Android titans.
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|Nothing Phone 2||Galaxy S23|
- Upgraded Glyph Stripes for Phone 2
- Galaxy S23
The Nothing Phone (2) marks a significant leap in design and construction, reflecting Nothing’s unwavering commitment to innovation and aesthetics. Standout improvements include the shift from 5 to 11 Glyph Stripes LEDs on the back, giving it a distinct sci-fi feel. The curved edges add both a touch of luxury and improved grip for daily use.
The camera module maintains its dual lenses but now boasts dual flashlights, enhancing the photography experience. Moreover, the front camera punch-hole has been centered for a more balanced display design. A sleek dark gray with a gunmetal finish is introduced as a new color variant, setting it apart from other devices.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S23 brings a newer The camera has undergone a redesign, featuring three shiny rings for the lenses, while Gorilla Glass Victus 2 sheets provide improved drop protection. The flat-screen design enhances usability. With a variety of colors like Phantom Black, Cream, Green, and Lavender, the Galaxy S23 caters to diverse user preferences.
Its IP68 waterproofing allows it to withstand submersion in water up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, ensuring protection against splashes and bumps. The compact and lightweight form factor remains unchanged, making it a popular choice in the compact phone category. For protection on the Galaxy 23, you also get a stunning glass front and back, complemented by an armor aluminum frame making it tougher and more durable against drops.
- LTPO OLED on Phone 2
- Dynamic Amoled 2x on Galaxy S23
The display is a crucial aspect of any smartphone, as it’s where users spend most of their time. The Nothing Phone 2 impresses with its stunning LTPO OLED panel, featuring a large 6.7-inch display with 1080 x 2412 pixels, providing a pixel density of around 394 ppi.
The high peak brightness of 1600 nits ensures excellent outdoor visibility, and the 120Hz refresh rate with HDR10+ support delivers a fast and smooth response, making content viewing a delightful experience. Additionally, Gorilla Glass protection safeguards the display from potential damage, and the Always-On display feature offers convenience.
Comparatively, the Samsung Galaxy S23 boasts a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, offering a higher pixel density of 425 ppi due to its smaller size and better resolution.
Like the Nothing Phone 2, the Galaxy S23 also supports a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ for a visually captivating experience. However, it outshines the Phone 2 from Nothing with an ultimate peak brightness of 1750 nits, ensuring outstanding outdoor visibility.
The Galaxy S23’s display also benefits from Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection and includes the Always-On display feature for added convenience.
- Dual Camera on Phone 2
- Triple Camera on Galaxy S23
When it comes to smartphone photography, both the Nothing Phone 2 and Samsung Galaxy S23 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.
The Nothing Phone 2 boasts a dual 50-megapixel 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 takes a step further with its triple-camera setup. It includes a 50MP wide camera with a slightly smaller f/1.8 aperture compared to the Nothing Phone 2’s wide camera, but it compensates with vibrant colors and excellent color accuracy.
Additionally, the 10MP telephoto lens with 2.4 aperture enables 3x optical zoom, and the 12MP ultra-wide lens gives a wider 120-degree field of view, making it superior to Nothing Phone 2’s ultra-wide capabilities.
Moreover, the Galaxy S23 excels in video recording, supporting up to 8K at 24 and 30fps with HDR10+ and Gyro-EIS features. The 12MP front camera also offers better selfie quality, and the 4K recording capability enhances the overall front camera experience.
- 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 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.
While the Nothing is great, it does lose a few points against the Galaxy S23’s powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Which literally delivers better performance with its 3.36 GHz Octa-Core processor. With that powerful processor, the Galaxy S23 excels not only in gaming but also in delivering extended battery life and exceptional graphical power through its Adreno 740 GPU.
With UFS 4.0, its storage outperforms Nothing Phone 2’s 3.1, ensuring faster data access. While the S23 comes with just 8GB RAM for its variants capacity that reaches up to 512GB, surpassing Nothing Phone 2’s highest 12GB offering.
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.
- Nothing OS 2
- iOS 16
The Nothing Phone 2 runs 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 unique UI and 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.
The Phone 2 features 11 glyph stripes with 33 LEDs, each serving a purpose, such as led minimizing for alarm and timer. You also get visual notifications for Uber and Zomato for now. Users can create custom ringtones through a collaboration with “Swedish House Mafia.”
On the contrary, Galaxy S23’s operating system is powered by the latest Android 13, which includes Samsung’s latest One UI 5.1 skin. One UI 5.1 offers an intuitive interface, enhancing the user experience while navigating the phone’s features.
With One UI 5.1, users can enjoy a wide range of customization options. It provides access to personalized themes, wallpapers, ringtones, touch sensitivity, and fonts, allowing users to tailor their phone’s appearance to suit specific activities. This leads to a visually appealing interface with new features that foster creativity and personalization, resulting in an overall more convenient experience.
One of the most notable aspects of One UI 5.1 is its enhanced camera features. The upgraded camera now supports Expert RAW, allowing users to capture professional-quality photos directly from the Galaxy Camera app. This additional flexibility empowers users to unleash their creativity and produce 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 offers a slightly smaller 3900mAh battery. However, thanks to its upgraded chip, it still provides a day’s worth of battery life. The 25W wired charging option is respectable, allowing users to attain 50% charge in just 30 minutes—though not as fast as the Nothing Phone 2’s charging speed.
Similarly, the Galaxy S23 includes 15W wireless charging and a 4.5W reverse wireless charging feature. Ultimately, both the Nothing Phone 2 and Samsung Galaxy S23 offer good battery performance for a day’s usage. If fast charging is a priority, the Nothing Phone 2 has the edge with its 45W charging capability, allowing for quicker top-ups.
Here is a more specified overview of the Galaxy S23specification against the phone 2 specs-
|Specs||Nothing Phone 2||Galaxy S23|
|Display||6.7 inch, LTPO OLED, 1080×2412 pixels, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1600 nits peak, Always On Display||6.1’’ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 1080×2340 pixels, 120Hz, HDR10+, 425ppi, 1750nits peak brightness|
|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)
|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, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto),PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide)
Video: 8K@24/30fps, 4K@30/60fps
|Platform||OS: Android 13, Nothing OS 2
CPU: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm)
GPU: Adreno 730
|OS: Android 13, One UI 5.1
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4 nm)
GPU: Adreno 740
|Ram-ROM||8GB RAM+128GB, 12GB+256GB, RAM, 12GB RAM+512GB
|8GB RAM+128GB, 8GB+256GB, 8GB+512GB
UFS 3.1 – 128GB only
|Battery||4,700, 45W Wired, 15W Wireless, 5W reverse Wireless
USB Type-C 2.0
|3,900mAh, 25W Wired,
15W wireless4.5W Reverse 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, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support)
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
|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, Cream, Green, Lavender, Graphite, Lime|
In conclusion, both the Galaxy S23 and Nothing Phone 2 offer excellent Android experiences to their users.
For those seeking a powerful Android phone with unique design features like glowy LEDs and transparent aesthetics to flaunt, the Nothing Phone 2 is an ideal choice, boasting a day’s worth of battery life.
On the other hand, if you prioritize a loyal and reputable brand like Samsung, along with a stunning display and the latest, fastest Qualcomm chipset in a compact form factor that allows for comfortable one-handed use and also offers a day’s battery life, then the Galaxy S23 is the perfect fit.
Ultimately, it boils down to individual preferences and priorities. Despite the facts, if you are still confused about which device you should go for, here are a few points to make a wiser decision.
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, if:
> You want an amazing display;
> You require the flagship processor in the market right now;
> You need the best compact phone from Samsung.Check Latest Price
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.