Nothing Phone 1 vs OnePlus Nord 2T what are the differences

Nothing will announce its Phone 1 at an event on July 12 where we’ll learn all the details about the device, but there have already been a number of teasers and leaks.

Aiming to make the mid-range market a little more exciting and less stale, the Nothing Phone 1 will compete against devices like the Samsung Galaxy A53, OnePlus Nord 2T, and Google Pixel 6a.

Want to know how it might compare to the OnePlus Nord 2T based on rumors and specs confirmed so far? You’ve come to the right place.

Design

  • Nothing Phone 1: TBC
  • Nord 2T: 159.1 x 73.2 x 8.2mm, 190g

The Nothing Phone 1 will have a semi-translucent back panel, with some internal elements illuminated by LEDs called Glyph Interface. You won’t be able to see all the components, as you’ve been able to do on HTC and Xiaomi devices in the past, but the Glyph interface will allow you to assign actions to LEDs, like a particular color for a certain caller.

In the top left corner, there are two camera lenses and the Nothing Phone 1 is protected by a Gorilla Glass back. The edges will be square, like those of Apple’s iPhone 13, while the front will feature a flat panel and a central punch-hole camera at the top.

So far, the Nothing Phone 1 has been leaked in a white finish and it is expected that there will be a black finish as well. It’s not yet known if it will offer an IP rating, but overall, the design looks interesting from what we’ve seen so far.

The OnePlus Nord 2T, meanwhile, has a solid back, so it looks a bit more standard than the Nothing Phone 1 should be. It is available in gray shadow and Jade Fog color options and it has a rectangular camera housing with two large circles. One of these circles has a camera sensor, while the other has two sensors.

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On the front, the OnePlus Nord 2T has a flat-screen like the Nothing Phone 1, although its punch-hole camera is positioned in the upper left corner rather than centralized. It has a fingerprint sensor located under the screen, but it doesn’t have an IP protection rating.

Screen

  • Nothing Phone 1: 6.55-inch, Full HD+, OLED, 120Hz
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: 6.43-inch, Full HD+, OLED, 90Hz

The Nothing Phone 1 would be equipped with a 6.55-inch OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution of 2400 x 1080. It would also have a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

As we mentioned earlier, it would have a flat-screen and a centralized camera at the top of the screen. We’d also expect a fingerprint sensor under the display, but nothing has confirmed that yet.

The OnePlus Nord 2T has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display that also has a Full HD+ resolution. This means that the Nothing Phone 1 will have a larger display area, but the Nord 2T will have more pixels per inch, which will make the screen slightly sharper.

The Nord 2T also has a refresh rate of 90Hz, compared to 120Hz for the Nothing Phone 1, but this probably won’t be too noticeable in everyday tasks. The Nord 2T supports HDR10+ and also has features such as AI color enhancement.

Hardware and specifications

  • Nothing Phone 1: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778+, 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 45W charge.
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: MediaTek Dimensity 1300, 8/12 GB RAM, 128/256 GB storage, 80 W charging.

The Nothing Phone 1 will work with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778+, backed by 8GB of RAM. It’s not yet known what the storage options will be for the Nothing Phone 1 and it’s also unclear if the device will support the microSD card, although we thought not. A price leak suggested 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as the base model and 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as the top model, but this is not yet confirmed.

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Battery capacity has yet to be detailed in the leaks either, although rumors have claimed that the Nothing Phone 1 will come with a 45W charger and will offer wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

The OnePlus Nord 2T works with the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset, backed by 8GB or 12GB of RAM, depending on the model. The 8GB model has 128GB of storage, while the 12GB model has 256GB of storage, which would be the same as the Nothing Phone 1 if the leaks are correct. Neither Nord 2T device has microSD support for storage expansion.

In terms of battery, the OnePlus Nord 2T has a 4500mAh cell with support for SuperVOOC 80W fast charging. The Nord 2T doesn’t offer wireless charging or reverse wireless charging though.

Camera

  • No Phone 1: Dual Rear (50MP Main+?)
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: Triple rear (50MP main + 8MP ultra wide + 2MP mono), 32MP front

The Nothing Phone 1 has a dual rear camera and it looks like there will be a 50-megapixel main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture.

Details about what the second lens offers have been scarce in leaks, but it’s likely to be ultra-wide. Dual image stabilization is expected, as well as scene detection and night mode.

The OnePlus Nord 2T has a triple rear camera consisting of a 50-megapixel main sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 120-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel single-lens sensor with an f/2.2 aperture.

It has a dual-LED flash and offers features like AI scene enhancement, AI Highlight video, Slo-mo, dual-view video, and Nightscape mode.

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The front camera of the Nothing Phone 1 has not yet been the subject of rumors, but the OnePlus Nord 2T has a 32-megapixel sensor.

Software

  • Nothing Phone 1: Android 12, NothingOS, Glyph interface
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: Android 12, OxygenOS

The Nothing Phone 1 will run Android 12 and is expected to be quite close to stock. There will be a Nothing OS and there is also the Glyph interface that takes advantage of the LEDs on the back to offer some differentiation.

The OnePlus Nord 2T runs Android 12 with the OxygenOS UI on top or ColorOS for those who are in China. It’s a bit different from the standard Android in terms of menu and settings design, but it’s clean with minimal bloatware. Either way, you’ll have a different experience between these two devices on the software level.

Price

  • Nothing Phone 1: From 470 € (to be confirmed)
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: From €399

Rumor has it that the Nothing Phone 1 will start at €470 for the base model with 8GB RAM/128GB of storage and €550 for the 12GB RAM/256GB of storage version, although these prices have not yet been confirmed for the course. It may also be that it is not so easy to get your hands on one of them.

The OnePlus Nord 2T starts at £369 in the UK and €399 in Europe.