We are close to the launch of the Nothing Phone 2, and the company says we will see the sequel to its original artsy bargain phone on July 11, 2023. Until then, even Nothing Phone 1 owners have something to look forward to when the new phone launches, thanks to reunited Swedish DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia. For its most recent device tease, Nothing has teamed with the DJs to showcase new ringtone and light pattern possibilities.
In a tweet to followers, DJ Sebastian Ingrosso, one third of the DJ team-up, posted a video showing how his sounds and effects will be used on a new Glyph Composer tool. Glyphs are what Nothing calls the unique pattern of LED lights on the back of the Nothing (1) phone, and this confirms that the Nothing (2) will have a similar pattern, though perhaps not the same.
Loving what @nothing has been up - we’ve teamed up with them for the upcoming Phone (2) launching in July! Stay tuned… pic.twitter.com/C6s085qHW8June 26, 2023
The Glyph Composer seems to operate like a standard beat mixer, where you tap on a symbol to activate the corresponding sound while your track is recorded in time. The demonstration video shows off far more glyph lights on the new phone than we have on our current Nothing Phone 1, but otherwise the design and any extreme changes are unclear.
Hints at the Nothing Phone 2 look
We can assume that the Nothing Phone 2 will look very similar to the original, with the same general design as Nothing Phone 1, if we’re reading these hints correctly. The LED glyph on the back will be more versatile with more divided sections, but we don’t see significantly more lights or any new capabilities yet.
The Glyph Composer tool, as well as a Glyph Sound Pack featuring Swedish House Mafia, will be launched with the Nothing Phone 2 on July 11. Nothing also said that the Glyph Composer will come to Nothing Phone 1 devices, but seems to indicate that the new Glyph Sound Pack will be a Phone 2 exclusive.
Nothing has been admirably locked tight when it comes to leaks about its upcoming phone, and most of the information we have comes from Nothing CEO Carl Pei or some third party partner, like Qualcomm. Pei recently revealed a screen shot of his own phone’s home screen, and with a new phone only weeks away, fans assumed it could include new designs or details from the Phone 2.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm let slip months ago that the next Nothing phone would use one of its premiere processors, and Nothing later revealed that the new phone will use the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset. That same platform was recently included in Motorola’s ultra-premium Razr Plus 2023, so it’s no slouch, for sure.
We expect to learn a lot more about the new Nothing Phone 2 in the coming days, and possibly more about pricing, since rumors peg the new phone as being much more expensive than the decidedly bargain-focused original. CEO Pei himself seemingly disputed this pricing leak on Twitter, though his playful nature leaves his actual meaning vague.
Who leaked this? 😡 https://t.co/ww15dFzCMgJune 22, 2023
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Phil Berne is a preeminent voice in consumer electronics reviews, having reviewed his first device (the Sony D-EJ01 Discman) more than 20 years ago for eTown.com. He has been writing about phones and mobile technology, since before the iPhone, for a variety of sites including PCMag, infoSync, PhoneScoop, and Slashgear. He holds an M.A. in Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University.
Phil was the internal reviewer for Samsung Mobile, writing opinions and review predictions about top secret new devices months before launch. He left in 2017. He worked at an Apple Store near Boston, MA, at the height of iPod popularity. He has been a High School English teacher at Title I schools, and is a certified Lifeguard. His passion is smartphones and wearables, and he is sure that the next big thing will be phones we wear on our faces.