Nothing Phone 1 vs 2: A Detailed Comparison

Nothing is a new brand in the smartphone market that aims to create products that are simple, elegant, and transparent. Carl Pei started the company. He also helped create OnePlus. Some famous people invested in his company. They are Google Ventures, Tony Fadell, and Casey Neistat.

The company made the Nothing Phone 1 in July 2022. People liked how it looked and worked. phone had many good things. It had a big and bright screen & fast and smart chip. The phone had four cameras that took sharp pictures. It had a long-lasting battery. It also had a unique transparent back with multiple LED lights.

A year later, in July 2023, Nothing announced its second product, the Nothing Phone 2. The Phone 2 is a flagship device that boasts a 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display, a Snapdragon 8+ chipset, a 108MP quad-camera setup, a 5000mAh battery, and an improved transparent back with more LED lights.

The Phone 2 also comes with Android 13 and Nothing OS 2, which offer more customization options and features than the previous version.

But how does the Nothing Phone 2 compare to the Nothing Phone 1? Is it worth upgrading to the newer model? In this article, we will compare the two phones in terms of design, display, performance, camera, battery, and software. We will also look at the price and availability of both devices and give our verdict on which one is better.

Design

There’s a noticeable size difference between the two phones. The older Nothing Phone 1 measures 159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3mm and weighs 193.5g, while the new Nothing Phone 2 measures 162.1 x 76.4 x 8.6mm and weighs 201.2g. The slight chamfer on the back glass of the Phone 2 gives it a more comfortable feel over the Phone.

Both phones have Gorilla Glass on the front and back, and an aluminum frame for durability. However, the Phone 2 has a higher level of protection than the Phone 1. The Phone 2 has Corning Gorilla Glass on both sides. While the Phone 1 has Gorilla Glass 5. The Phone 2 is also more resistant to water and dust than the Phone 1. The Phone 2 has an IP54 rating, while the Phone 1 has an IP53 rating.

The most distinctive feature of both phones is their transparent back panel that reveals some of the internal components of the device. Both phones have multiple LED lights on the back that can be customized to show different colors and patterns for notifications, charging progress and camera fill light. Both phones also have a blinking red light on the back that indicates when video recording is active. However, the Phone 2 has more LED lights than the Phone 1, creating a more dynamic and vibrant effect.

The transparent back panel also showcases some of the differences between the two phones in terms of hardware. For example, the Phone 2 has a larger battery than the Phone 1 (more on that later), which can be seen through the glass. The Phone 2 also has a different camera module than the Phone 1 (more on that later), which is slightly protruding from the back.

Both phones have a similar layout for their buttons and ports. Both phones have a power button on the right side, a volume rocker on the left side, a dual SIM tray on the bottom edge, and a USB-C port for charging and data transfer on the bottom edge. Neither phone has a headphone jack or a microSD card slot.

Both phones are available in two color options: Black and White. However, due to their transparent nature, both phones also reflect some of the colors of their surroundings.

Here is a table that summarizes some of the key design aspects of both phones:

AspectNothing Phone 1Nothing Phone 2
Dimensions159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3mm162.1 x 76.4 x 8.6mm
Weight193.5g201.2g
Front glassGorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass
Back GlassGorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass
FrameAluminumAluminum
Water and dust resistanceIP53IP54
LED lights on the backYesYes (more)
Blinking red light on the backYesYes
Color optionsBlack, WhiteBlack, White

Display

The display is one of the major upgrades that the Nothing Phone 2 offers over the Nothing Phone 1. The Phone 2 has a larger, brighter, and more adaptive display than the Phone 1.

The Phone 2 has a 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2412 pixels, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a pixel density of 394 ppi. The Phone 1 has a 6.55-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a pixel density of 402 ppi.

Both displays support 1B colors, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and have an Always On Display feature. However, the Phone 2 has some advantages over the Phone 1 in terms of display quality and performance.

First, the Phone 2 has a higher peak brightness than the Phone 1. The Phone 2 can reach up to 1600 nits in high brightness mode (HBM) and in peak conditions, while the Phone 1 can only reach up to 1200 nits in peak conditions and has a typical brightness of 500 nits. This means that the Phone 2 can offer better visibility and contrast in bright environments and HDR content.

Second, the Phone 2 has an LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) display, which allows it to dynamically adjust its refresh rate depending on the content and battery level. The Phone 2 can vary its refresh rate from as low as 10Hz to as high as 120Hz, while the Phone 1 has a fixed refresh rate of 120Hz. This means that the Phone 2 can offer smoother animations and transitions when needed, but also save battery life when displaying static or low-motion content.

Third, the Phone 2 has a slightly higher screen-to-body ratio than the Phone 1. The Phone 2 has an 87.2% screen-to-body ratio, while the Phone 1 has an 85.8% screen-to-body ratio. This means that the Phone 2 has thinner bezels around its display, creating a more immersive viewing experience.

Both displays have a punch-hole cutout on the top left corner for the selfie camera. Both displays also have an in-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication.

Here is a table that summarizes some of the key display aspects of both phones:

AspectNothing Phone 1Nothing Phone 2
Size6.55 inches6.7 inches
TypeOLEDLTPO OLED
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels1080 x 2412 pixels
Aspect ratio20:920:9
Pixel density402 ppi394 ppi
Colors1B colors1B colors
Refresh rateFixed at 120HzAdaptive from 10Hz to 120Hz
HDR supportYes (HDR10+)Yes (HDR10+)
Peak brightnessUp to 1200 nits (typical: 500 nits)Up to 1600 nits (HBM) and in peak conditions
Screen-to-body ratioAbout 85.8%About 87.2%
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass

Performance

The performance is another major upgrade that the Nothing Phone 2 offers over the Nothing Phone 1. The Phone 2 has a flagship-grade processor compared to the mid-range processor on the Phone 1.

The Phone 2 is powered by the Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, which is based on a 4nm process and consists of an octa-core CPU and an Adreno 730 GPU. The CPU has one Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3.0GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.5GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores at 1.8GHz. The GPU supports Vulkan 1.2, DirectX 12 Ultimate, and OpenGL ES 3.2.

The Phone 1 is powered by the Qualcomm SM7325-AE Snapdragon 778G+ 5G chipset, which is based on a 6nm process and consists of an octa-core CPU and an Adreno 642L GPU. The CPU has one Cortex-A78 core clocked at 2.5GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores at 2.4GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores at 1.9GHz. The GPU supports Vulkan 1.1, DirectX 12, and OpenGL ES 3.2.

According to benchmark tests, the Phone 2 has a significant advantage over the Phone 1 in terms of performance. For example, on Geekbench 5, the Phone 2 scored 1120 points on single-core and 3720 points on multi-core, while the Phone 1 scored 784 points on single-core and 2876 points on multi-core. On AnTuTu, the Phone 2 scored 820,000 points, while the Phone 1 scored 580,000 points.

Both phones have 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage as standard, but the Phone 2 also has a higher-end variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Both phones use UFS 3.1 storage technology for fast data transfer. Neither phone supports expandable storage via a microSD card slot.

Both phones support dual SIM cards (Nano-SIM) and have a hybrid slot that can accommodate either a second SIM card or an eSIM. Both phones also support 5G connectivity on both SIM cards, as well as Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and GPS. However, the Phone 2 has more bands for both 4G and 5G than the Phone 1, which means it can offer better coverage and compatibility in different regions.

Both phones have a USB-C port for charging and data transfer, but neither has a headphone jack or an IR blaster. Both phones also have stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, but the Phone 2 has louder and clearer sound quality than the Phone 1.

Both phones have an in-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication, as well as face, unlock via the selfie camera. However, the Phone 2 has a faster and more accurate fingerprint scanner than the Phone 1, which sometimes fails to recognize the user’s finger or takes longer to unlock the device.

Here is a table that summarizes some of the key performance aspects of both phones:

AspectNothing Phone 1Nothing Phone 2
ChipsetQualcomm SM7325-AE Snapdragon 778G+ (6 nm)Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×2.5 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A55)Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.5 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPUAdreno 642LAdreno 730
RAM8GB8GB or 12GB
Storage128GB128GB or 256GB
Expandable storageNoNo
SIM cardsDual SIM (Nano-SIM) or Nano-SIM + eSIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM) or Nano-SIM + eSIM
Network TechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE / 5GGSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.2, A2DP, LE, apt-X HD5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
NFCYesYes
GPSYes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEOYes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
USBUSB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-GoUSB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
Headphone jackNoNo
IR blasterNoNo
SpeakersStereo speakers with Dolby AtmosStereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
Fingerprint scannerIn-display (optical)In-display (optical)
Face unlockYesYes

Camera

The camera is another area where the Nothing Phone 2 has improved over the Nothing Phone 1. The Phone 2 has a higher-resolution main camera and a telephoto camera that the Phone 1 lacks.

zoomed back side of Nothing 1 and 2

The Phone 2 has a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a 108MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera with PDAF and OIS, an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera with PDAF and OIS that offers 3x optical zoom, and 30x digital zoom, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field of view and a 5MP f/2.4 macro camera. The Phone 2 can record 8K videos at 30fps, 4K videos at 30/60fps, and 1080p videos at 30/60/240fps with gyro-EIS.

The Phone 1 has a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a 64MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera with PDAF and OIS, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view, a 5MP f/2.4 macro camera and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. The Phone 1 can record 4K videos at 30/60fps and 1080p videos at 30/60/240fps with gyro-EIS.

According to camera tests, the Phone 2 has better image quality than the Phone 1 in most scenarios. The Phone 2 can capture more details, colors, and dynamic range than the Phone 1 thanks to its higher-resolution main sensor and its telephoto lens. The Phone 2 also has better low-light performance than the Phone 1 thanks to its larger aperture and its dedicated night mode. The Phone 2 can also zoom in further than the Phone 1 without losing much quality thanks to its optical zoom and its hybrid zoom capabilities.

However, the Phone 1 has some advantages over the Phone 2 in terms of camera features. The Phone 1 has a wider field of view than the Phone 2 on its ultra-wide-angle camera (123 degrees vs. 120 degrees). The Phone 1 also has a depth sensor that helps with portrait mode and bokeh effects.

Both phones have a single selfie camera on the front that is housed in a punch-hole cutout on the top left corner of the display. Both phones have a 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera that can record 1080p videos at 30fps with gyro-EIS. Both phones also have a portrait mode and a night mode for the selfie camera.

According to selfie tests, the Phone 2 has slightly better image quality than the Phone 1 in terms of details, colors, and dynamic range. However, both phones have similar performance in low-light conditions and bokeh effects.

Here is a table that summarizes some of the key camera aspects of both phones:

AspectNothing Phone 1Nothing Phone 2
Rear camera setupQuad-cameraQuad-camera
Main camera64MP f/1.8 wide-angle with PDAF and OIS108MP f/1.8 wide-angle with PDAF and OIS
Telephoto cameraNone8MP f/2.4 telephoto with PDAF and OIS (3x optical zoom, 30x digital zoom)
Ultra-wide-angle camera16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle with a 123-degree field of view12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle with a 120-degree field of view
Macro camera5MP f/2.4 macro5MP f/2.4 macro
Depth sensor2MP f/2.4 depthNone
Video recordingUp to 4K at 30/60fps and 1080p at 30/60/240fps with gyro-EISUp to 8K at 30fps, 4K at 30/60fps and 1080p at 30/60/240fps with gyro-EIS
Front camera setupSingle-cameraSingle-camera
Selfie camera16MP f/2.0 wide-angle16MP f/2.0 wide-angle
Video recordingUp to 1080p at 30fps with gyro-EISUp to 1080p at 30fps with gyro-EIS

Battery

The battery is another area where the Nothing Phone 2 has improved over the Nothing Phone 1. The Phone 2 has a bigger battery with faster wired charging than the Phone 1.

The Phone 2 has a 5000mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging via the USB-C port . The Phone 2 can charge from 0% to 100% in about 35 minutes using the included charger. The Phone 2 also supports 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging for compatible devices.

The Phone 1 has a 4500mAh battery that supports 50W fast charging via the USB-C port . Phone 1 can charge from 0% to 100% in about 45 minutes using the included charger. The Phone 1 does not support wireless charging or reverse wireless charging.

According to battery tests, the Phone 2 has better battery life than the Phone 1 in most scenarios. The Phone 2 can last for about 10 hours of screen-on time on a single charge, while the Phone 1 can last for about 8 hours of screen-on time on a single charge. The Phone 2 can also last longer in standby mode and gaming mode than the Phone 1.

However, both phones have similar battery performance in terms of video playback and web browsing. Both phones can play videos for about 18 hours and browse the web for about 12 hours on a single charge.

Both phones have an adaptive battery feature that optimizes battery usage based on the user’s habits and preferences. Both phones also have a power saving mode and an ultra power saving mode that reduce the performance and functionality of the device to extend the battery life.

Here is a table that summarizes some of the key battery aspects of both phones:

AspectNothing Phone 1Nothing Phone 2
Battery capacity4500mAh5000mAh
Wired charging50W fast charging (0-100% in about 45 minutes)65W fast charging (0-100% in about 35 minutes)
Wireless chargingNoYes (15W wireless charging)
Reverse wireless chargingNoYes (5W reverse wireless charging)
Screen-on time (average)About 8 hoursAbout 10 hours
Video playback time (average)About 18 hoursAbout 18 hours
Web browsing time (average)About 12 hoursAbout 12 hours

Software

The software is another area where the Nothing Phone 2 has some advantages over the Nothing Phone 1. The Phone 2 comes with a newer version of Android and Nothing OS than the Phone 1.

The Phone 2 runs on Android 13 and Nothing OS 2 out of the box. The Phone 1 runs on Android 12 and Nothing OS 1.5.3 out of the box. Both phones are expected to receive at least two major Android updates and three years of security updates.

Nothing OS is a custom skin that adds some features and tweaks to the stock Android experience. Nothing OS aims to offer a simple, elegant, and transparent user interface that matches the design philosophy of the Nothing brand. Some of the features and tweaks that Nothing OS offers include

  • A transparent theme that adapts to the color of the wallpaper and the back panel.
  • A customizable LED light editor that allows the user to change the color and pattern of the LED lights on the back of the phone.
  • A gesture navigation system that uses swipes and taps on the edges of the screen instead of buttons.
  • A smart sidebar that gives quick access to frequently used apps and tools.
  • A game mode that optimizes the performance and battery of the phone for gaming.
  • A dark mode that reduces eye strain and saves battery life.
  • A privacy dashboard that shows the permissions and data usage of each app.
  • A one-handed mode that shrinks the screen size for easier reachability.

However, Nothing OS 2 has some improvements and additions over Nothing OS 1.5.3. Some of them are:

  • A new notification center that groups notifications by categories
  • A new control center that gives quick access to settings, toggles, and shortcuts with a swipe from the top right corner of the screen.
  • A new always-on display that shows the time, date, battery level, notifications, and LED lights on the lock screen.
  • A new camera app that offers more modes, filters, and settings for the camera.
  • A new gallery app that organizes photos and videos by albums, locations, and dates.
  • A new music app that plays local and online music with lyrics support.
  • A new weather app that shows detailed forecasts and alerts for different locations.

Both phones also support Google services and apps, such as Google Assistant, Google Photos, Google Maps, Google Pay, and more. Both phones also have access to the Google Play Store, where users can download millions of apps and games.

Here is a table that summarizes some of the key software aspects of both phones:

AspectNothing Phone 1Nothing Phone 2
Android versionAndroid 12Android 13
Nothing OS versionNothing OS 1.5.3Nothing OS 2
Customization optionsThe transparent theme, LED light editor, gesture navigation, smart sidebar, game mode, dark mode, privacy dashboard, one-handed modeTransparent theme, LED light editor, gesture navigation, smart sidebar, game mode, dark mode, privacy dashboard, one-handed mode
New features in Nothing OS 2NoneNotification center, control center, always-on display, camera app, gallery app, music app, weather app
Google services and appsYesYes
Google Play StoreYesYes

Price and availability

The price and availability are another area where the Nothing Phone 2 differs from the Nothing Phone 1. The Phone 2 is more expensive than the Phone 1, but also more widely available.

The Phone 2 has two models. The base model costs $699. It has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The premium model costs $799. It has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Phone 2 is available in two color options: Black and White.

The Phone 2 was launched on July 11, 2023, and was released on July 17, 2023. The Phone 2 is available in more than 50 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. The Phone 2 can be purchased from Nothing’s official website, as well as from various online and offline retailers.

The Phone 1 costs $499. It has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Phone 2 costs more. It costs $699 for the same RAM and storage. The Phone 1 is also available in two color options: Black and White.

The Phone 1 was launched on July 12, 2022, and was released on July 16, 2022. The Phone 1 is available in more than 30 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. The Phone 1 can be purchased from Nothing’s official website, as well as from some online and offline retailers.

Here is a table that summarizes some of the key price and availability aspects of both phones:

AspectNothing Phone 1Nothing Phone 2
Price (base model)$499$699
Price (premium model)None$799
RAM and storage options8GB + 128GB8GB + 128GB or 12GB + 256GB
Color optionsBlack, WhiteBlack, White
Launch dateJuly 12, 2022,July 11, 2023
Release dateJuly 16, 2022,July 17, 2023
Availability (countries)More than 30More than 50
Availability (channels)Nothing’s official website, online and offline retailersNothing’s official website, online and offline retailers

Final verdict on Nothing Phone 1 vs 2

The Nothing Phone 2 is a clear upgrade over the Nothing Phone 1 in almost every aspect. The Phone 2 has a better design, display, performance, camera, battery, and software than the Phone 1. The Phone 2 also has more features and options than the Phone 1, such as a telephoto camera, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, a higher-end variant, and wider availability.

However, the Phone 2 also comes with a higher price tag than the Phone 1. The Phone 2 costs $200 more than the Phone 1 for the base model and $300 more for the premium model. The Phone 2 also faces more competition from other flagship devices in the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy S22, the iPhone 13, and the OnePlus 10.

Therefore, the decision to upgrade from the Nothing Phone 1 to 2 depends on your budget and preferences. The Nothing Phone 2 is a great device. It is simple, beautiful, and clear. It has many good things and works very well. You might like it if you want a new and better device. But you can also keep your Nothing Phone 1. It is still a good device. It has most of the same things as the Nothing Phone 2. You don’t have to buy a new device if you don’t want to. You can save some money instead.

We hope this article has helped you compare the Nothing Phone 1 and the Nothing Phone 2 and make an informed decision. Thank you for reading!

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