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Confirmed: The Nothing Phone 2 will have a Snapdragon 8-series processor

If you balked at the Nothing Phone 1 because of its processor, you'll have no excuses this time.
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Published onFebruary 28, 2023

Nothing Phone 2 Processor Announcement
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority
TL;DR
  • At MWC 2023, Nothing confirmed that the Nothing Phone 2 will have a Snapdragon 8-series processor.
  • This will make the 2023 smartphone a premium device, as opposed to the Phone 1, which was a mid-ranger.
  • Of course, the inclusion of this more advanced processor will certainly increase the price of the phone.

The Nothing Phone 1 was one of the most interesting phones of 2022. Its light-up back — known as The Glyph — immediately set it apart from the pack. However, its Snapdragon 7-series processor made the phone a mid-ranger, likely turning away some otherwise interested buyers.

Thankfully, folks interested in the Nothing Phone 2 won’t need to worry about this. At Mobile World Congress 2023, Nothing and Qualcomm announced that the Phone 2 will have a Snapdragon 8-series processor. This will make the 2023 smartphone a premium device with processing power comparable to flagships from major OEMs.

Of course, this being Nothing, the company didn’t divulge specific details about the processor. It’s possible the phone could come with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is currently the top-of-the-line model. However, it could also come with last year’s Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 — or even the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. If Nothing went with either of those older processors, it would allow the Phone 2 to have plenty of power without ballooning its retail price.

It would actually make a lot of sense for Nothing to go that route. The Nothing Phone 1 was incredibly cheap for what it was — starting at £399 (~$483), you got a unique design, a good-but-not-great processor, wireless charging, and a decent-enough camera. If Nothing goes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor in the Phone 2, it would need to increase that entry price by quite a lot, which might turn early adopters away.

Of course, regardless of which Snapdragon 8-series processor is included, today’s news virtually guarantees that the Phone 2 will be more expensive than the Phone 1. The question is, by how much?

Regardless, we’ll need to wait and see what Nothing ends up doing. For now, though, you can rest assured that the next phone from the brand will have plenty of processing power.

Nothing Phone 1Nothing Phone 1
AA Recommended
Nothing Phone 1
Glyph Interface • 3 years of OS updates • Fluid OLED display
MSRP: £399.99
A fantastic mid-ranger
The Nothing Phone 1 stands out due to its Glyph Interface that lights up when you get a call or any other notification. The phone offers great value for money, sporting a great display, a solid main camera, and wireless as well as reverse wireless charging.

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