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Nothing Phone 2 to use flagship-class Qualcomm chipset, CEO confirms at MWC 2023

By Liu Hongzuo - on 1 Mar 2023, 12:28pm

Nothing Phone 2 to use flagship-class Qualcomm chipset, CEO confirms at MWC 2023

Nothing Phone (1) by Nothing.

The Nothing Phone 2 will be a flagship-class smartphone, and it will be using a Qualcomm chipset, as confirmed by its CEO in an interview done jointly with Qualcomm at MWC 2023 in Barcelona, Spain.

According to TechCrunch, Carl Pei (Nothing’s founder, also the founder of OnePlus until his departure) spoke to several stakeholders in a meeting room located at Qualcomm’s MWC 2023 booth. 

As seen in the interview transcript, Nothing said that the Nothing Phone 2 would be using “the Snapdragon 8 series”, which implied that the device would finally carry a flagship-class chipset.

Currently, there are only three distinct Snapdragon 8 series processors – the made-for-2022 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, its half-step upgrade Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, along with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that was released for 2023 Android smartphone makers.

Of course, Nothing fans and smartphone enthusiasts would prefer Phone 2 to carry the latest 8 series chipset, but there was no official confirmation on which flagship-class processor it’ll be from Qualcomm.

For reference, the Nothing Phone (1) – the first smartphone device launched by the company – had a mid-range chipset beneath its unique design. When Carl Pei headed OnePlus, the headlining phones had flagship-class processors of its time, making the Nothing Phone (1) contrary to Nothing CEO’s track record of putting out powerful phones at palatable prices. 

Further additions from the chat revealed that Nothing Phone 2’s chipset choice was a decision between Qualcomm and MediaTek options, on top of the 410-strong Nothing team employing roughly 350 engineers for its product development. 

Source: TechCrunch

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