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Nothing Phone 2a rumors: Everything we know so far and what we want to see
Updated, February 27, 2024 (05:37 PM ET): We have updated this Nothing Phone 2a rumor hub with official photos of the handset.
Original article: Nothing is still a relatively new company, but that’s not stopping it from diversifying its lineup a bit with a brand new phone. We’re not talking about the Nothing Phone 3 just yet, either. Instead, rumors suggest a budget variant of the Nothing Phone 2 is in the works. In this guide, we discuss every Nothing Phone 2a rumor or leak we’ve heard so far. We’ll also share a few things we’d like to see but have no evidence for yet.
Nothing Phone 2a: At a glance
- When is the Nothing Phone 2a expected to come out? Nothing has confirmed that the Phone 2a will launch globally on March 5, 2024, at 06:30 AM ET.
- What new features could there be for the Phone 2a? The Nothing Phone 2a is a new product line and a budget phone, so expect a fairly modest device.
- How much might the Nothing Phone 2a cost? Rumors claim the phone will cost around $400 for its limited US release and will supposedly cost under €400 (~$433) in other regions.
Will there be a Nothing Phone 2a?
On February 1, 2024, Nothing officially confirmed that the Phone 2a is on the way. The company didn’t divulge too many details on the phone, but it confirmed the name and admitted it’s “coming soon.”
As for rumors, the first substantial leaks of the Nothing Phone 2a arrived in late November of 2023, which suggested the phone would have specs and performance capabilities similar to the first Nothing Phone. Shortly after, leaker Yogesh Brar brought us the first alleged pics of a testing model and even more hardware details for the Nothing Phone 2a. Since then, we’ve seen at least a few other smaller leaks filling out more details on design and specs as well.
What is the most likely Nothing Phone 2a release date?
The Nothing Phone 2a is part of a brand-new product line, so we can’t look back into the phone’s history for any firm indications. Thankfully, we don’t have to. Nothing has confirmed that the Phone 2a will launch globally on March 5, 2024, at 06:30 AM ET.
There is a chance the company will reveal a bunch of information around the phone at Mobile World Congress 2024. MWC 2024 starts on February 26 and goes until the end of the month.
What will the Nothing Phone 2a look like?
On February 5, 2024, we got what seemed to be our first look at the alleged design of the Phone 2a. Per reliable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks), the phone appears to borrow some aspects from the Nothing Phone 1 and Phone 2 while leaving others out. However, these renders were later shown to be inaccurate, so we have removed them from this post. You can see above what the render looked like.
A “leak” that gave us the official renders seen above appeared on Nothing’s community forum just ahead of MWC 2024. This was our best look at the handset up to that point.
Nothing’s teasers for the Phone 2a come with the tagline “Fresh. Eyes.” This broadly lines up with the leaked prototype and “leaked” renders.
However, we finally got an official look at the smartphone during MWC 2024. The unboxing confirmed there would still be Glyphs and that the camera module has been repositioned horizontally in the top center.
What rumored specs and features could the Nothing Phone 2a have?
We know a decent amount about the Nothing Phone 2a specs, thanks to several leaks from Brar, Roland Quandt, and others. For example, the Nothing Phone 2a will supposedly be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro with options of either 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage or 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage.
Yogesh Brar mentions that the Phone 2a will have a 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It could come with a 50MP primary camera, a 50MP ultrawide, and a 32MP selfie camera. It could also come with 45W fast charging support.
Aside from the details above, we can also tell you the phone is said to have two colorways, black and white, and will ship with Nothing OS 2.5 based on Android 14.
One of the leaks we’ve seen had wallpapers for the phone. If you’re interested, you can download the Nothing Phone 2a wallpapers.
What might the Nothing Phone 2a price be?
The Nothing Phone started as a much more mid-range affair, and the price went up a little when the Nothing Phone 2 arrived with improved internals. Still, the Nothing Phone 2 is currently priced at just $699, which means the Nothing Phone 2a will need to undercut this pricing to appeal to value-conscious consumers.
According to the initially leaked information on the Phone 2a, Nothing plans to aggressively price the phone at under €400 for those in Europe, or what is likely to be around $400 if and when the phone arrives in the US for consumers. That’s $100 less than the Pixel 7a retail price, though it looks like the Nothing Phone 2a will be a slightly more modest device in terms of hardware and performance.
Brar reiterates the $400 price tag, but it is important to keep in mind that Nothing has officially confirmed that the Phone 2a will see a limited release in the US, exclusively through a Developer Program centered around the Glyph Developer Kit. For regions like India, where the Phone 2a is expected to be sold officially, the Phone 2a could cost Rs. 30,000 (~$360).
Should you wait for the Nothing Phone 2a?
The Nothing Phone 2a looks like an intriguing budget phone, but there’s no reason to wait for it if you’re ready for a new device now. If you need a phone on a budget, we recommend the Google Pixel 7a ($477 at Amazon), Samsung Galaxy A54 5G ($449.99 at Samsung), or another one of the great options in our best cheap phones guide. If you’re just interested in the Glyph feature, you could spend about $300 more than the rumored price of the Nothing Phone 2a and shell out for the Nothing Phone 2 itself.
If you are certain you don’t want to spend more than $400-500 on a phone and don’t need a new one right away, waiting might not be such a bad idea. Not only will you learn more about the Nothing Phone 2a, but the Pixel 8a is also rumored to be launching later this year.
Nothing Phone 2a: What we want to see
The Nothing Phone 2a is meant to be a cheaper, more basic alternative to the Nothing Phone 2, so we don’t expect it to make waves in terms of features or hardware. Still, here are a few things I’d like to see from the Nothing Phone 2a.
A global release that includes the US from day one
While the Nothing Phone 1 eventually came to the US as a limited beta from the manufacturer, by this point, the phone was already long in the tooth, and the Phone 2 wasn’t far off.
This time around, I sincerely hope Nothing can ensure a more unified launch window, though more than anything, I just hope this phone releases in America. Many cheap and emerging brands tend to skip the US for their more budget-oriented projects, so it’s certainly possible the company could aim the Nothing Phone 2a at emerging markets only. Still, the US needs unique budget phones beyond the usual offerings from Samsung, Google, and Motorola.
We want higher-res video support for the selfie cam
The Nothing Phone 2 decided to cap its selfie camera to 1080p, which seemed like an odd decision for a device built for creatives and others who like to stand out from the crowd, thanks to its unique, eye-catching design. It’s not even a cost issue necessarily, as devices like the Pixel 7a cost less than the Phone 2 and yet offer 4K recording. While it’s a small thing, I’d like to see this addressed for the Nothing Phone 2a and the inevitable Nothing Phone 3.