The Nothing Phone 1 was perhaps the most hyped phone of last year, and there were many reasons for that. The phone featured a unique design that made it stand out from the rest, had a premium glass and metal build (which not a lot of phones have in the mid-range segment), had stock Android experience with no bloatware, great camera hardware, a beautiful display with symmetric bezels all around and more.
In an interview, Carl Pei recently revealed that the company plans to launch the successor in late 2023. He also said Nothing Phone 2 would be more premium than its predecessor. Last month, we also learned the phone’s model number (A065) courtesy of MySmartPrice.
And now, we got to know which chip will power the phone.
It was already speculated that the Nothing Phone 2 would be powered by a Snapdragon 8 series chip, but the specific chip name was unclear. But now, a post on LinkedIn by a Qualcomm executive has revealed that the Phone 2 will be powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SOC. This seems to be an accident since the post has now been edited to say “Snapdragon 8 Series,” but folks at 91Mobiles were quick to catch this mistake and get the screenshot.
Compared to Snapdragon 778G+ inside the Nothing Phone 1, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a massive upgrade. While this is not the latest chip from Qualcomm, it is still one of the most powerful SOCs for Android phones. Many brands are still launching phones powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 to keep the price lower. An example is the OnePlus 11R which launched in India with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 at ₹39,999, making it the cheapest phone with this SOC in the Indian market.
We do not know anything else about the Nothing Phone 2 yet. A flagship chip means a higher price tag, so let’s see at what price the Phone 2 launches later this year.