Nothing Phone (2) 5G 12/512GB Singapore Price
Review of Nothing Phone (2)
The Nothing Phone 2 is a unique and novel Android smartphone that offers an appealing transparent design at a competitive price. With a starting price of SGD999 for the 256GB model and SGD1099 for the 512GB model, it provides top-tier specifications for a mid-range price point. The device retains the transparent back design seen in its predecessor, the Phone 1, but introduces enhancements to make it feel more premium, including a curved glass back.
The array of LEDs on the back has more functionality on the Phone 2, allowing for automatic brightness adjustment and displaying more complex patterns. Users can set various flash patterns for calls and notifications, providing a fun and customizable experience. The Phone 2 features a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, delivering a bright and smooth display.
Under the hood, the Phone 2 is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, offering solid performance. Although it’s not the latest chipset available, it still outperforms Google’s Pixel 7 and is 80% faster than the Phone 1. The device’s battery life is impressive, lasting up to 40 hours between charges with active screen use and 5G connectivity. Nothing claims that the battery maintains at least 80% of its original capacity for at least 1,000 full charge cycles.
In terms of sustainability, the Phone 2 is made of recycled materials, accounting for 20% of its weight. It has a carbon footprint of 53.45kg CO2 equivalent, and Nothing publishes sustainability reports. The device runs on Nothing OS 2.0, which is based on Android 13. The software offers a clutter-free experience with some interesting additions, such as larger app folders and customizable quick settings widgets. However, the Phone 2 only receives three years of Android updates and four years of bimonthly security fixes, which is a year shorter than the industry standard.
The camera setup on the Phone 2 is similar to that of the Phone 1, with two 50-megapixel rear cameras and a 32-megapixel front camera. While image quality has improved over its predecessor, photos still lack sharpness and detail when viewed at full size. The absence of an optical zoom and the limitations of digital zoom are notable drawbacks. However, video recording is solid, offering fun features like slow motion.
Overall, the Nothing Phone 2 is a solid update over the Phone 1, offering a more premium feel, advanced lighting features, improved performance, and good battery life. The unique transparent design and slick Android 13 software add to its appeal. However, it falls short in terms of camera performance, software support with only four years of updates, and water resistance limited to being splash-resistant. Additionally, it faces tough competition from rival Google phones.
GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48, 66, 71
5G bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 75, 77, 78 SA/NSA
Speed HSPA, LTE-A, 5G
Dimensions 162.1 x 76.4 x 8.6 mm (6.38 x 3.01 x 0.34 in)
Weight 201.2 g (7.09 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Multiple LED lights on the back (notifications, charging progress, camera fill light)
Blinking red light on the back (video recording indicator)
IP54 – splash, water and dust resistant
Type LTPO OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1600 nits (HBM), 1600 nits (peak)
Size 6.7 inches, 108.0 cm2 (~87.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2412 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~394 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
Always On Display
OS Android 13, Nothing OS 2
Chipset Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.5 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPU Adreno 730
Card slot No
Internal 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM
Dual 50 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS
50 MP, f/2.2, 114˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.76″, 0.64µm, AF
Features LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS, live HDR, OIS
Single 32 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 5.3, A2DP, LE
Positioning GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (L1), BDS (B1I+B1c), GALILEO (E1), QZSS (L1), NavIC
USB USB Type-C 2.0, OTG
Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass
Type Li-Ion 4700 mAh, non-removable
Charging 45W wired, PD3.0, PPS, QC4, 100% in 55 min (advertised)
15W wireless, 100% in 130 min (advertised)
5W reverse wireless
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