Nothing, a brand that likes to release information about its devices spec-by-spec over time, is set to launch its second smartphone, the Nothing Phone 2, on July 11th. The Phone 1, which was released a year before its successor, was notable for its flashing “glyph” interface, where light strips on the rear of the phone would light up to alert the users of notifications and other device details. Nothing’s founder, Carl Pei, is known to employ a tactic of teasing features before the official launch of the product. Pei has recently tweeted a photo of a USB-C cable, which is expected to debut with the Phone 2 on July 11th. The cable has transparent ends, which is a little disappointing, but it goes with the brand’s love for transparent gadgets.
Nothing Phone 2: High-End Power and Official US Release
Leaker OnLeaks has published unofficial renders based on a prototype of the new device via Smartprix, ahead of the official launch of the Nothing Phone 2 next month. The renders show that the Phone 2 retains the essential design of the Phone 1, but with a couple of differences. Most notably, the Phone 2 has a subtle curve on its top and sides, which makes it look like an iPhone 6 next to the iPhone 5-style design of the Phone 1. According to Inverse, which cited “a source familiar with the company’s operations,” 70% of Nothing’s software team and 30% of its hardware team come from OnePlus, which makes sense, given Nothing’s co-founder and CEO, Carl Pei, previously co-founded OnePlus.
The Phone 2 has higher-end power than its predecessor’s midrange Snapdragon 778 chipset. Nothing confirmed that the Phone 2 has a higher-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series inside, but it did not specify between Gen 1 or Gen 2. The Phone 1’s transparent rear design and flashing light strips did not see a US release, but Nothing has decided to make the US its number one priority with its next launch. “We decided to make the U.S. our No. 1 priority in terms of markets,” Pei tells Inverse. Nothing’s beta program for American buyers, which would supply them with a Phone 1 handset for a $299 fee, hints of a US launch, but it is not yet ready to replace a primary smartphone for US buyers, according to Nothing.
Nothing’s Phone 2 is set to launch on July 11th, and it comes with higher-end power than its predecessor’s midrange Snapdragon 778 chipset. The Phone 2 also has a subtle curve on its top and sides, making it look like an iPhone 6 next to the iPhone 5-style design of the Phone 1. Nothing’s founder, Carl Pei, is known to employ a tactic of teasing features before the official launch of the product, and he has teased a see-through USB-C cable for the Phone 2. Nothing has decided to make the US its number one priority with its next launch and has confirmed that the Phone 2 will have an official US release.