By | November 25, 2023
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Carl Pei wasn’t satisfied with making history just once with OnePlus. In early 2021, he announced the formation of a new company called Nothing. While the very first Nothing Phone showed promise, the Nothing Phone 2 showed a significantly more refined effort, making me optimistic about the company’s future.

However, there are some aspects that I hope to address with the Nothing Phone 3. Here is my wish list, along with the limited information available about the device so far.

Nothing needs to work to improve its durability and appeal as a true flagship

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The Nothing Phone remains something of an enigma. Is it designed for power users, gamers, value users or spec enthusiasts? It sort of appeals to all of these groups, but only partially. While it undoubtedly delivers a strong performance, it also compromises in various areas, including build materials and the camera package. Judging by the interests of our readers and my own, it seems that the Nothing brand currently appeals to individuals seeking raw power and a distinct look that stands out from the crowd. Typically, this type of user is willing to pay a premium for such an experience, making an upgrade to a more true flagship experience a potentially well-received move. This upgrade starts with improvements to protection and durability.

The Nothing Phone 2 is rated to just IP54; this is a rarity in the smartphone world and is notably less impressive than the more common IP68 rating. For the Nothing Phone 3, I’d like to see the brand address this limitation while upgrading to newer glass technology. The Gorilla Glass 5 on Nothing’s current flagship is starting to show its age, especially given that the Gorilla Glass Victus has become the new gold standard for top-tier phones, with the original Victus often featured on entry-level flagships.

Nothing could be gained by pushing further scale-up, while introducing a budget option

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The biggest complaint against the original Nothing Phone was that it was underpowered, a problem that was partially addressed with the Nothing Phone 2. However, there is still room for improvement. Despite having a potent Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, the Nothing Phone 3 seems to throttle its GPU more aggressively than phones with comparable specs. While the absolute best Qualcomm chip may not be necessary, refining the user experience is crucial to ensure performance matches phones in the same price range. At the very least, including a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the Nothing Phone 3 should be a priority, especially given that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is expected to set a new standard by then.

Nothing could also benefit from adopting a strategy similar to the Galaxy S23 or even the Pixel 8, introducing more than one model to the Nothing Phone 3 series. Maybe offer a more premium model that competes directly with the best Android phones, regardless of price. At the same time, it can also offer a cheaper phone model that falls between the Nothing Phone 1 and 2 in terms of specifications and pricing. While this approach may involve a larger investment and higher risk for Nothing, it would broaden the device’s appeal to a wider range of users.

Nothing Phone 3 needs a much better camera experience

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Not all power users prioritize having the best camera; some are more interested in mobile games, emulators and other geekier pursuits. Regardless, while the camera may not be the deciding factor for advanced users, it is still an important factor. Unfortunately, nothing has been relatively conservative with its camera settings. The Nothing Phone 2 had an almost identical mediocre camera suite to its predecessor, although it upgraded its main sensor to the IMX890. While an upgrade, it wasn’t as extensive as one might hope.

Currently, the Nothing Phone 2 performs adequately in good lighting conditions, and even its low-light images are acceptable. However, its colors tend to be too contrast-heavy and sometimes bleed into other objects and surfaces. Also, it exhibits a noticeable shutter lag compared to other phones like the Pixel 7 Pro. While the main shooter generally does a satisfactory job, the primary problem lies with the Samsung JN1 being used for its ultra-wide camera. This sensor produces muddy textures and halo effects, despite the company’s efforts to improve the experience with software updates. Even if nothing decides to keep the IMX890, it should consider replacing the JN1 with a more modern sensor.

Another major issue is the selfie shooter. While it performs adequately, its limitation to 1080p seems like a major oversight in today’s world of bloggers and TikTok users. The hope is that the Nothing Phone 3 will offer true 4K video recording performance, addressing this apparent limitation.

Improved speakers

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Okay, this is a relatively minor point compared to all the others, but I would like to see an improved audio experience with the Nothing Phone 3. The Nothing Phone 2 has somewhat thin audio quality. While many of us use Bluetooth earbuds for mobile audio, having a set of good internal speakers is still appreciated when you want to quickly show someone something on your phone.

Verizon support

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Another small point for those in the US is the lack of Verizon support. This is likely due to Verizon’s strict certification processes rather than an actual lack of capacity. The reality is that Verizon is no longer a CDMA carrier, which used to be the main issue. Now, it’s often possible to get unsupported phones to work with Verizon, although their actual performance may vary. If Nothing wants to seek wider appeal in the US market, adding official Verizon support would be an easy way. Verizon is also no stranger to partnering with carriers for exclusive add-ons that play better with their networks.

Greater third-party support for Glyph

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Nothing Phone 2 made significant progress on the software front, transforming the user experience into something more polished and refined. However, there is still room for improvement, especially when it comes to Glyph, which, in my opinion, remains more of a gimmick than a true game changer.

With the addition of more LED strips and innovative Glyph features like Glyph Composer for personalized sounds and Essential Glyph for prioritizing certain apps, the Nothing Phone 2 showcased many advancements. However, many of these features felt like nice extras with limited practical support. For example, the feature that allows the Glyph to light up when your Uber ride is nearing completion is complete, but the lack of support for other services like Lyft or delivery apps reduces its overall usefulness.

To really raise Glyph’s standing, nothing has to attract third-party support. Unfortunately, nothing has been very unlucky here. Its third-party deals have either been very limited, as in the case of Uber, or a little inappropriate, like the partnership with Sunbird for Nothing Chats. What holds nothing back is that developers are often easy to work on such devices because they will only support the very small niche market of Nothing Phone owners. It’s not an easy problem to overcome without throwing money around. That’s something a newer company really can’t afford to do.

Even if Nothing manages to secure more app support for custom notifications and Glyph usage, it may not be enough. The company must first explore innovative ways to use it, which is a tall order. For example, imagine a scenario where Nothing creates a free universal standard, allowing Nothing Phone users to use their device as a buzzer replacement in restaurants or stores. Partnering with major retailers and restaurant chains to implement such a feature can be a strategic move. It’s just a half-baked idea, but the point is the more places Glyph can be used, the more it will prove to be a legitimate feature.

What feature do you most want to see on the Nothing Phone 3?

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Will there be a Nothing Phone 3?

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  • Nothing phone — 21 July 2022
  • Nothing Phone 2 — 17 July 2023

There haven’t been any early leaks or rumors about the Nothing Phone 3 yet, but it’s still almost guaranteed that the phone will exist in some form unless Nothing suddenly closes its doors. That’s not to say the company couldn’t change the direction, design and name of the Nothing Phone 3. After all, the Nothing Phone 2 saw a push towards premium compared to its predecessor. The Nothing Phone 3 could continue to evolve further, or could meet somewhere in the middle of the two if it wants to focus more on price over value. Whatever form it takes, however, there’s no sign the company is done producing phones or marketing its unique Glyph light gimmick.

As for the Nothing Phone 3 release date, if history is any indicator, it’s very likely that the phone will stick to a similar release window as its predecessor. This would position its release in the summer of 2024, probably in late July.

Should you wait for the Nothing Phone 3?

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The only reason to wait for the Nothing Phone 3 is if you’re intrigued by the current-gen model but can’t get over its downsides like lower build quality and its less-than-wonderful camera package. If the Nothing Phone 2’s flaws aren’t dealbreakers for you, there really isn’t another phone that looks like it, so it could definitely be worth buying. If you just want a good phone? The Google Pixel 8 ($699 at Amazon) or the Samsung Galaxy S23 ($799 at Amazon) are probably more practical options with better software support, better cameras, and similar (or sometimes even better) performance.

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Nothing phone 2

Expertly crafted, effortlessly cool design • Flagship performance • Excellent value

Nothing Phone gets a power boost.

Building on the success of Nothing’s debut Android phone, the Nothing Phone 2 features the same unique transparent look and Glyph lighting but adds more processing power, a larger screen and battery, and makes some subtle design tweaks. You can also buy this in the US!

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