The excitement surrounding Nothing’s upcoming release has reached a fever pitch today. In a surprising move, Carl Pei, the founder of Nothing, granted permission to all individuals currently testing the Nothing Phone 2 under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to freely share unaltered camera samples.
Renowned YouTuber Marques Brownlee, popularly known as MKBHD, has shared an intriguing video clip featuring the Phone 2. He provides a comprehensive view of the device from various angles. The hands-on video, featured as part of his “Dope Tech” series, showcased exactly what we had anticipated for the Phone 2.
The content aligned with our expectations, providing an insightful glimpse into the device’s features and capabilities. Brownlee also demonstrates the customization options of the redesigned Glyph layout, showcasing its versatility and flexibility.
The Nothing Phone 2 exhibits a slightly larger form factor compared to its predecessor, accompanied by subtle adjustments to the LED lighting on the back. Notably, it sports a curved glass design on the rear. Interestingly, the final product we are now witnessing closely resembles the renders that surfaced last month. It is worth noting that Carl Pei, at that time, dismissed those renders as “fake.” The current alignment between the renders and the actual device is intriguing, to say the least.
Indeed, upon observation, it is evident that the Phone 2 bears a strong resemblance to its predecessor, the Phone 1. However, there are subtle differentiating factors in terms of design. One notable change is the colorway, where the black elements from the previous model have been transformed into a dark gray shade. This alteration serves to enhance the visibility and distinction of each component on the rear of the device.
One of the most prominent alterations, apart from the curved glass back, can be observed in the LEDs of the Nothing Phone 2. The iconic “Glyph” design is retained, but with a revised arrangement. The LED surrounding the camera module now consists of two separate pieces, while the strip encircling the wireless charging coil is divided into six individual sections.
According to Brownlee, these LEDs remain white-only, but the software now offers enhanced control over the LED zones, allowing for more dynamic lighting effects and customization options. On the front of the Nothing Phone 2, a noticeable change is the relocation of the left-aligned selfie camera cutout to the center. The bezels are now symmetrical, and the glass panel maintains a flat design.
In the updated design of the Nothing Phone 2, the top section surrounding the wireless charging coil incorporates 16 individual LEDs. These LEDs serve various functions, including acting as a volume indicator that adjusts based on the volume level.
According to reports, Nothing has intentions to extend the functionality of the Glyph interface to third-party applications, such as Uber and Zomato. This would enable users to receive notifications and relevant information through the Glyph lighting system.
Additionally, the Glyph interface has been enhanced to illuminate when specific apps have notifications, providing users with visual cues. Moreover, users now have the ability to create personalized ringtones and lighting effects for incoming calls, adding a customizable touch to their calling experience.
Nothing has announced that the Phone 2 will be officially launched on July 11. It is anticipated that by that time, a comprehensive understanding of the phone’s features and specifications will have been revealed, leaving only the pricing information as the final mystery to be unveiled.