This new phone might have nothing you don’t want and everything you do.
The Nothing Phone started as a curiosity and quickly gained popularity because it’s different from every other phone on the market. The newest version promises more of the same.
Nothing first announced the Phone (2a) on a YouTube Community Update video on February 1, but the ‘official’ announcement about Phone (2a) dropped (also on YouTube) on Tuesday. As with all things Nothing, the details are sparse.
The overall tone suggests the Phone (2a) will be more consumer-targeted (meaning less developer- or ultra-techy-focused) and will have a better camera. What this could mean is anyone’s guess, but with Nothing, you can be sure it’s well-designed. The videos mention work on both the physical design of the device as well as work on the NothingOS that powers the phone.
“What we’ve learned over the past year is that people really have come to love what we stand for in terms of innovation—our hardware innovation, our hardware design, the user interface with glyphs, but also our software,” Nothing CEO and Co-Founder Carl Pei said in the video.
Among the things that Pei focused on during the video were smartphone cameras—he said that while those cameras look larger, “When you look inside, the sensors are tiny and kind of useless.” He also addressed the bloatware that many companies force onto smartphone users.
Another fact strongly hinted at is a reduction in the cost of the phone. While Pei did not specifically say that the Phone (2a) would be cheaper than previous versions of Nothing Phones, he did say, “We’re getting much better pricing on our products so it’s only natural that we take some of these… uh… efficiency gains and pass them on to our consumers.”
Now for the bad news. It appears the Nothing Phone (2a) will come to the US as part of a Developer Program, which means initially there won’t be a wide-spread US release. However, if Nothing’s past is any indication, there is a possibility that we’ll see this cheaper, more consumer-focused version of the Nothing Phone more widely available in the near future.
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