Nothing Phone 2a: news, price rumors, release date and more

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The mobile device landscape is constantly changing, with new products continually arriving. While many Android fans are now focused on the Samsung Galaxy S24 series, other devices are likely to get launch dates early in the new year. We are talking about Nothing Phone 2a.

For the first time, Nothing is expected to launch a budget phone to accompany its flagship offering. That’s what we expected from the Nothing Phone 2a, and rumors about it quickly started to swirl.

Here’s everything we know (so far) about the Nothing Phone 2a!

No Phone 2a: release date

Press invite for Nothing's MWC 2024 event.
There isn’t any

No one has released two phones to date. First phone call, that is Nothing Phone 1 will be released in July 2022 and will be followed by Nothing Phone 2 in July 2023.

Neither has confirmed that they will be holding an event at MWC on February 27th. There’s no official statement from the company that they’re using this event to announce the Nothing Phone 2a, but there’s a good chance this is where we’ll see it first.

SmartPrix says Nothing 2a will be available in four regions. These include PacmanIND (India), PacmanJPN (Japan), PacmanEEA (Europe), and Pacman (global).

No Phone 2a: price

Nothing Phone 2 home screen.
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No one is known to launch a smartphone that is relatively low cost compared to the market leaders. The Nothing Phone 2, for example, starts at $599. Rather, beginner level The Samsung Galaxy S24 and Apple iPhone 15 cost $800. It’s not surprising that the Nothing Phone 2a is priced slightly lower than the Nothing Phone 2.

At X (formerly Twitter), leaker Yogesh Brar said the new phone will be priced at around $400. This is below the price of the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE ($500) and OnePlus 12R (also $500).

No Phone 2a: design

The image shows a possible Nothing Phone 2a and its possible specifications.
Yogesh Brar

There are conflicting reports about what the Nothing Phone 2a will look like. It’s hard to say for sure what’s true and what’s false, so here’s a recap of everything we heard.

According to the leaker Dylan Rousel, the upcoming Nothing Phone 2a will feature a redesigned back with three Glyph lights, much less than the Nothing Phone 2, which had 33 Glyphs. However, the Glyph controls are expected to remain similar to those on the Nothing Phone 2.

The camera placement on the new model will be different from the previous model. It is expected to have a center-aligned horizontal dual camera setup. Many, incl Technology Radarsuggests the Nothing Phone 2a takes some design cues from the Google Pixel A-series and Samsung Galaxy S10.

Meet the Missing Phone (2a)!

Model: A142.
Code Name: Pacman / Aero(dactyl?).

No subsequent phones will come with a Mediatek SoC for the first time. Mediatek Dimensity 7200. Has 3 Glyph sections, and a new design.

Launch event at MWC? pic.twitter.com/UTwk2bUjjA

— Dylan Roussel (@evowizz) December 15, 2023

The Nothing Phone 2a should still look like a true Nothing smartphone, but should also have a unique identity compared to the Nothing Phone 1 and Nothing Phone 2. Considering how secure the design of the Nothing Phone 2 is compared to its predecessor, that’s surprising. encourage to see.

In terms of colors, SmartPrix says the Nothing Phone 2a will eventually be available in black and white. However, it’s likely that only one color will be available at launch.

Leaked renders of the Nothing Phone 2a.
@OnLeaks / SmartPrix

This is where things get really interesting. According to another leak from @OnLeaks and SmartPrix, the Nothing Phone 2a could do away with the Glyph light altogether. The render above shows the official rendering of the reported phone; as you can see, there is no visible light. It still has a unique design, but you won’t find any flashing lights.

It’s certainly interesting to think of a Nothing Phone without one of the company’s most iconic design features. This other version of the Nothing Phone 2a still looks great, but we imagine die-hard Nothing fans might not like it.

No Phone 2a: specifications

MediaTek Dimensity 7200 chipset.
MediaTek

According to reports, the Nothing Phone 2a is expected to feature a MediaTek Dimensity 7200 chipset. This processor is built on a 4nm process and has an 8-core CPU with two Cortex-A78 cores clocked at up to 2.8GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores. Smart devices from Vivo and Xiaomi, among others, already use this chip. The Dimensity 7200 chipset was introduced in early 2023. This will be the first Nothing phone to include a MediaTek chipset. For context, the Nothing Phone 2 has a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset from Qualcomm.

Tipster Sanju Choudhary and others say the new Nothing Phone 2a will feature a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED display. This new cellphone will likely be equipped with a hole in the top center of the screen. SmartPrix agreesaid the cellphone will likely use a 120Hz AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1084×2412 pixels.

Regarding internal storage, the Nothing Phone 2a can offer options starting from 128GB, with a minimum of 8GB RAM.

No Phone 2a: camera

Close-up view of the camera on the Nothing Phone 2.
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Limited information is available regarding the cameras on the Nothing Phone 2a, but the phone will likely have dual cameras on the back. Brar suggests that the phone’s rear camera system will be 50MP. For context, the Nothing Phone 2 offers dual 50MP rear cameras with a 32MP front camera.

Smartprix, working with Kamila, offering more details about the new phone’s camera system. According to the source, the Nothing Phone 2a has a dual camera setup arranged horizontally. The main camera is claimed to be a Samsung S5KGN9 50MP camera with a sensor size of 1/1.5 inch and a pixel size of 1.0 micron. This is the same camera found on the Moto G84. The second camera is reportedly a Samsung S5KJN1 50MP ultrawide camera with a sensor size of 1/2.76 inches and a pixel size of 0.64 microns.

Nothing Phone 2a: software and updates

Screen on Nothing Phone 2.
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Nothing Phone 2a is expected to come with Android 14 and Nothing OS 2.5. No OS 2.5 currently only available for Nothing Phone 2 and offers several improvements over Nothing OS 2.0. This upgrade includes improved customization options, changes to the glyph interface, and more. The Nothing Phone 2 comes with three years of Android OS updates and four years of security patches.

SmartPrix has published what it says are the official wallpapers of the Nothing Phone 2a. They are balanced can be downloaded online.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Nothing Phone 2a. While waiting for the official launch, we will update this post with more details. Stay tuned.

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