Nothing phone (1) vs OnePlus Nord 2T: What is the difference?

(Pocket-lint) – Nothing announced its phone (1) at an event on 12 July, following what can only be described as the most ambitious hype campaign of any smartphone launch .

Aiming to make the mid-range market a bit more exciting and less stale, the Nothing(1) phone takes on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy A53, OnePlus Nord 2T and Google Pixel 6a.

Want to know how it might compare to the OnePlus Nord 2T, from Carl Pei’s former company? You are in the right place.

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Price and availability

  • Nothing phone (1): From £399
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: from £369

The Nothing(1) phone will start at £399 for the base 8/128GB model. To pre-order you’ll need an invite and to get an invite you’ll need to be on the waitlist. Open sales start from July 21, 2022, but they should be in limited quantities.

The OnePlus Nord 2T starts at £369 in the UK and €399 in Europe, also for the 8/128GB model. It’s available to buy now.

Design

  • Nothing phone (1): 159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3mm, 193.5g
  • North 2T: 159.1 × 73.2 × 8.2mm, 190g

The Nothing phone (1) has a translucent Gorilla Glass 5 back panel with visible details on the back of the phone, incorporating the Glyph interface, a unique set of LED strips that can be used for notifications and to transmit other information.

In the upper left corner, there are two camera lenses. The edges of the phone are flat and aluminum, like the Apple iPhone 13, while the front will see a flat screen and a punch-hole camera on the left at the top. It has an IP53 rating and will be available in black or white. It’s a premium design and it looks good.

The OnePlus Nord 2T, on the other hand, has a solid back, so it looks a little more standard than the Nothing phone (1). It is available in Gray Shadow and Jade Fog color options and it features a rectangular camera housing with two large circles. One of those circles has one camera sensor, while the other has two sensors, so that’s a little odd in the camera department.

On the front, the OnePlus Nord 2T has a flat screen like the Nothing phone (1), but there’s no IP rating.

Display

  • Cordless phone (1): 6.55 inches, Full HD+, OLED, 60-120 Hz
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: 6.43 inches, Full HD+, OLED, 90Hz

The Nothing(1) phone comes with a 6.55-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, 402ppi. It will offer refresh rates of 60-120Hz and it’s adaptive, switching between those two speeds depending on the content.

It comes with a flat screen and a punch-hole camera on the left at the top. There is a fingerprint sensor under the screen. It also supports HDR10+. It is covered with Gorilla Glass Victus.

The OnePlus Nord 2T has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, 409ppi. This means that the Nothing(1) phone will have a slightly larger display area.

The Nord 2T has a 90Hz refresh rate. There’s HDR10+ support onboard the Nord 2T and it’s also protected with Gorilla Glass 5. Overall, there’s not a huge difference, but the phone Nothing(1) just borders it.

Hardware and Specifications

  • Nothing Phone 1: Snapdragon 778+, 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB, 4500mAh, 33W
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: Dimension 1300, 8/12 GB RAM, 128/256 GB, 4500 mAh, 80 W

The Nothing(1) phone will run on the Snapdragon 778+, supported by 8GB or 12GB of RAM, while there will be 128 or 256GB storage options.

The Nothing(1) phone will feature 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging. It will have a 4500mAh battery and support 33W charging.

The OnePlus Nord 2T runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 1300, and the RAM and storage options are basically the same with 8/12GB and 128/256GB. There’s no expandable storage on the Nothing or OnePlus phone.

Battery-wise, the OnePlus Nord 2T has a 4,500mAh cell that supports 80W SuperVOOC fast charging, which is a big difference in charging speed compared to the Nothing phone’s 33W. However, OnePlus does not support wireless charging.

Camera

  • Nothing phone (1): Dual rear (50MP main + 50MP ultrawide), 16MP front
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: Triple rear (50MP main + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP mono), 32MP front

The Nothing (1) phone has a dual rear camera with two 50-megapixel sensors. The idea is to offer two good cameras rather than one good camera and a bunch of junk cameras.

The main camera of the Nothing phone (1) is the 50-megapixel, f/1.88 Sony IMX766. It’s the same as on the OnePlus Nord 2T and while they might have different purposes, they seem to offer a lot of the same features.

The OnePlus Nord 2T then leaves with an 8-megapixel ultrawide with f/2.2 and a 120-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel f/2.2 single-lens sensor. The Nothing(1) phone, on the other hand, only has a 50-megapixel Samsung JN1 ultrawide, so it offers greater resolution – which doesn’t always give better results. The tests will see.

So the Nothing(1) phone doesn’t have that third sensor, but it’s just a junk sensor, so there’s no loss.

The OnePlus Nord 2T has a 32-megapixel snapper on the front, while the Nothing phone is 16-megapixel.

Software

  • Nothing phone (1): Android 12, Nothing OS, Glyph Interface
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: Android 12, Oxygen operating system

The Nothing(1) phone will run Android 12 and it’s pretty close to stock. There will be a Nothing OS and there’s also the Glyph interface which takes advantage of the LEDs on the back to provide some differentiation. Nothing promises three Android OS updates and 4 years of security updates.

But it’s a nice, clean interface with some nice tweaks to make connectivity a bit more seamless.

The OnePlus Nord 2T runs on Android 12 with Oxygen OS on top, or ColorOS for those in China. It’s quite different from Android in terms of menu design and settings, though it’s clean with minimal bloatware. The OnePlus Nord is expected to receive two updates to the Android operating system.

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Conclusion

The Nothing (1) phone certainly looks like it has a design edge thanks to that translucent back and the uniqueness it brings. We think the Nothing (1) phone is the best looking phone, while the Nord 2T looks like a whole line of OnePlus or Oppo phones.

The Nothing(1) phone will offer a slightly larger screen than the Nord 2T, with a faster refresh rate, plus additional features like wireless charging and the Glyph interface – plus Snapdragon power, which is always popular.

The Nord 2T is a bit cheaper though, and it has much faster wired charging support, which is the biggest advantage it has over its rival.

Written by Britta O’Boyle.

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