Nothing Phone (2a): Simplicity and performance at a midrange price

Nothing Phone (2a). Photo: Nothing International
Nothing Phone (2a). Photo: Nothing International

The British company Nothing has launched their mid-range option, the Nothing Phone (2a). This is the brand’s third official smartphone after the Nothing Phone (1) and the Nothing Phone (2). The Phone (2a) has got significant changes to be available in the mid-range market. However, the phone is significantly better than the Phone (1).

Nothing partnered up with CG recently to bring Nothing products to Nepal. The Nothing Phone (2) is set to be launched soon with CMF products which is the sub-brand of Nothing. With the partnership, we can also expect the Phone (2a) to launch soon in Nepal.

The smartphone was leaked with various renders coming out in the past few months. The Phone (2a) is set to compete against the Xiaomi Note 13 Pro, Realme 12 Pro and the POCO X6.

Let us see what the smartphone offers in terms of specs.

Specifications of Nothing Phone (2a)

Dimensions Height: 161.74 mm
Width: 76.32 mm
Depth: 8.55 mm
Weight 190 g
Display type AMOLED
Display size 6.7-inch
Resolution 2412 x 1084 (394 PPI)
Refresh rate 120 Hz
IP rating IP54 dust and splash reistant
Glass protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Chipset MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro (4nm)
CPU Octa-core (2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 6x 2.0 Cortex-A510)
GPU Mali-G610
OS Nothing OS 2.5 based on Android 14
RAM 8GB | 12GB
Storage 128GB | 512GB
Rear camera 50MP main camera
50MP ultra-wide camera
Selfie camera 32MP
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac or ax (Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.3
Network LTE | 5G
SIM Dual SIM
Audio Stereo speakers
Sensors In-display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery 5,000 mAh
Charging 45W wired
0 – 100%: 59 minutes
0 – 50%: 23 minutes
Colours Black | White
Price (expected) Rs 42,000 (8/128GB)
Rs 45,000 (8/256GB)
Rs 48,000 (12/256GB)

Design and Display

The design of the Nothing Phone (2a) is unique with mixed reactions. Some say it is good while others are confused about what it is. There are two parts on the back with the upper half containing the camera and the glyph interface and the lower half being a transparent back with a random cuved line. The plastic back is transparent when seen from the frame side, and some parts of the interior can be seen.

The glyph interface includes three light bars surrounding the round camera bump. The glyph interface on the Nothing Phone (2a) works very much like the one on the Nothing Phone (1) and Phone (2) with a few extra optimisations. The glyph interface works for the camera, music, notifications, ringtones, timer and volume. Few ride-sharing apps’ timing can be seen from the glyph’s upper left corner. The glyph interface has always been one of the most interesting and important features. On the side, the plastic frame has a matte finish. The buttons on the side are black on both the available colour options, black and white which gives a unique look to it.

On the display front, the Nothing Phone (2a) has a hole-punch cutout which houses the selfie camera. The bezels are almost equal on all the sides which are thin increasing the viewing experience. It has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 1300 nits. The adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz ensures smooth scrolling and transitions. It features a wide colour gamut of 1.07 billion colours and 100% DCI-P3 coverage producing lifelike and accurate colours.

It has a 91.65 per cent screen-to-body ratio and is certified with HDR10+ with a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1. The display also has a touch sampling rate of up to 240 Hz and 2160 Hz PWM dimming minimizes eye strain for comfortable viewing. The Nothing Phone (2a) has IP54 dust and splash resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection in the front. The back being made up of plastic is prone to scratches but is sturdy enough to protect against accidental drops.

Performance, Software and Storage

The Nothing Phone (2a) delivers a powerful performance with its MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro chipset built on a 4nm architecture. Its octa-core CPU combines two high-performance Cortex-A715 cores clocked at 2.8 GHz with six efficient Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. It is paired with the Mali-G610 GPU to handle the graphics rendering for proper gaming and multimedia experience.

The Nothing Phone (2a) runs on Nothing OS based on Android 14. It is set to receive three years of major updates and four years of security updates. With Nothing OS, users can customize the smartphone for a faster and more intuitive experience with options to choose monochromatic themes and remove app labels for a clutter-free look, and access Nothing Widgets directly from home and lock screen, with swipeable views and animations.

The Nothing Phone (2a) features a 3,200 mm² extra-large vapour chamber for faster and more even heat distribution, complemented by a 12,000 mm² large cooling area with a thick 0.11 mm graphite layer for rapid heat dissipation.

The Nothing Phone (2a) is available in two RAM options of 8GB and 12GB. The 8GB option is paired with 128GB and 256GB storage options whereas the 12GB option is paired with 256GB of storage.

Camera

The Nothing Phone (2a) has a dual-rear camera setup. The main camera is a 50 MP sensor with a wide F1.88 aperture with optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS & EIS) and autofocus capabilities to capture steady and focused shots. The ultra-wide camera features another 50 MP sensor with a 114° field of view for capturing expansive landscapes or group shots. When it comes to video recording, the rear cameras can shoot in 4K at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60fps. You can also record slow-motion videos at 1080p at 60fps. The rear camera has features like Action Mode, TrueLens Engine Ultra XDR, Motion Capture, Night Mode, and Portrait Optimizer.

On the front, the Nothing Phone (2a) features a 32 MP selfie camera with an F2.2 aperture, ideal for capturing clear and vibrant self-portraits. The front camera can record 1080p videos at 60fps.

The overall camera experience of the smartphone can be improved more in the future with software updates. The colour differentiation between the main rear camera and the ultra-wide camera is distinguishable. The rear camera also shoots two different kinds of photos in the same lighting conditions at the same time. Nothing can be improved on this part with further optimisation of the cameras.

Battery and Others

The Nothing Phone (2a) ensures a day of performance with its 5000 mAh battery. For charging it supports 45W wired charging, taking around 59 minutes to reach 100 per cent and around 23 minutes to get to 50%. For connectivity, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac or ax (Wi-Fi 6) and Bluetooth 5.3. It has support for network connectivity for both LTE and 5G networks with dual SIM capability for added flexibility.

Audio is handled by stereo speakers which deliver a punchy and clear sound experience. It is equipped with a range of sensors including an in-display optical fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor and compass.

The Nothing Phone (2a) is available in two colour options; White and Black.

The Nothing Phone (2a) can be expected soon in the Nepali market with a price tag of around Rs 42,000 for the 8/128GB option, Rs 45,000 for the 8/256GB option and Rs 48,000 for the 12/256GB option.

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