Nothing first appeared in the tech world in 2021 with its Ear (1) but became a sensation with the release of the Nothing Phone (1) in 2022 due to its unique transparent design and the Glyph Interface. What was amazing about the introduction of Nothing was how a new tech company not only did not get washed away by the tech giants but rather became the talk of the town in 2022 with its interesting design. In 2023, Nothing has promised to bring in some exciting gadgets, and in this article, we will discuss them.
Nothing Phone (2)
Tech enthusiasts were eagerly waiting for the successor to the Nothing Phone (1), and Carl Pei confirmed at MWC 2023 with a prototype that the Nothing Phone (2) will be released in 2023. The Nothing Phone (2) release date has not yet been confirmed, but the Nothing Phone (1) was launched in July 2022. It will be interesting to see whether a company in its nascent stage uses the 12-month cycle for release or not. Carl Pei has confirmed that they are in talks with US carriers, and a probable launch in the USA is on the cards, which was not the case for Nothing Phone (1). The company confirmed that the Nothing Phone (2) will be using a processor from the Snapdragon 8 series. But the cat came out of the bag when, at MWC 2023, an executive from Qualcomm posted that the Nothing Phone (2) will be using the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. The Nothing Phone (1) did have a decent set of cameras, but the main issue was with its computational software, which was resolved with several upgrades from the company. Expect the Nothing Phone (2) to come with the same set of lenses as the company wishes to take the approach of Google, which focuses on improving the software rather than expanding the megapixels or changing lenses. Several leaked reports have suggested that the Nothing Phone (2) will be equipped with an AMOLED display, which will support a refresh rate of 120 Hz and have a 5000 mAh battery. The Snapdragon 8 series processor will be backed by 12 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage. We expect that Nothing Phone (2) will also be powered by their in-house software, with a guarantee of 4 years of security updates and 3 years of Android updates. The Nothing Phone (1) was priced at around $500 at launch, but expect the Nothing Phone (2) to cost a bit more as it is using one of the latest chipsets.
Like any other tech company, Nothing is expanding its array of products. It was already making earbuds and smartphones; now it will make speakers too. Though the speaker gives the feeling of a boombox from the leaked images, there is a possibility it will be a smart speaker with the implementation of an AI algorithm. The speaker sports the signature transparent design of Nothing and has several buttons. The buttons on the left side are possibly for volume control, with an extra red button whose purpose is not yet known. The protruding buttons on the right can be the power button along with the one for Bluetooth pairing. The box-type design of the speaker houses 4 cutouts; the 2 black cutouts are probably the tweeters, while the 2 white cutouts are the subwoofers. A rubber padding can be seen on the bottom of the speakers, which would not only provide a good grip but also enhance sound if engineered properly. A third black cutout with the company’s logo can also be seen, which can even be a digital display. The date of release, price, or other specifications has not come to light regarding this speaker. Even at the release, the speaker can also get a new moniker.
Nothing Ear (2)
Nothing as a company introduced itself to the tech world with its Nothing Ear (1) and hopes to build on its success with Nothing Ear (2), which will be unveiled on March 22, 2023, at 3 PM GMT. As the company is in its budding stage, it is quite tricky to predict when it will put the Nothing Ear (2) on sale. The price could be set around or above its predecessor, which is now selling at $149. The Nothing Ear (2) practically looks like a carbon copy of its predecessor, but with certain tweaks. Leaked images have shown that the noise-canceling microphone has been put on the side of the stem rather than the top of the bud. The name and some visible components have also been modified and brightened slightly. Leaked reports have suggested that the Nothing Ear (2) will be equipped with an advanced customizable EQ, a dual connectivity option, and a personalized ANC setting. You can also expect a 12.6 mm driver in place of 11.6 mm and pinch controls in place of touch in the Nothing Ear (2).
It is evident that similar to Apple, Samsung, and OnePlus, among many other premium brands, Nothing is trying to create its own digital ecosystem. Though the company is still in its budding stage, do not be surprised if it comes out with other products in the future. As of now, the products launched by Nothing have lived up to the hype, and if they continue this streak, they indeed have a bright future and not a transparent one.