The Nothing Phone (2) has a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip

The new Nothing Phone (2) will arrive this summer and will be powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip. Nothing founder Carl Pei confirmed the news in a series of tweets, noting that it meant a “clean” upgrade from the phone (1).

We first learned that Snapdragon wouldn’t be using the 8 series of chips back in February. At the time, Pei and Nothing’s partners weren’t specific on the chip, so we assumed it would be Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. If it’s going to be the newly released Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that Samsung is going to rollout for its Galaxy S23 series, they’d say so.

The good news is that the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is an excellent chip that shows big improvements in efficiency and thermal management compared to the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Seriously, if you own Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones from last year, like the Galaxy S22 series, you might be disappointed by how they performed under stressful settings and how bad the battery life was. Switching to a device on 8+ Gen 1 was major in a way we don’t usually see in a year.

Nothing to do with going this route, we have no complaints. Sure, the 8+ Gen 1 will be a year old when they launch it on a phone, but we can expect you to get a discount on the overall price of the phone. I can imagine that the reason for choosing a slightly older chip is to keep the price of the phone (2) down. The chip will continue to perform well for years to come.

Of course, the 8+ will offer a huge upgrade over Gen 1 performance vs. Phone (1), as Pei pointed out in his series of tweets. But that’s to be expected when you consider that the phone (1) used a mid-range chip originally released in 2021.

Do you have your eye on the phone (2)?

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