Qualcomm executive leaks Snapdragon chipset for new Nothing Phone (2)
Last week, Qualcomm confirmed that Nothing would renew their partnership for the Phone (2), which is likely to launch after the Nothing Ear (2) arrives. Incidentally, the company also appears to have the Speaker (1) in the pipeline, which has an unusual design even for a Nothing-branded product. As the image below shows, Qualcomm teased that the Phone (2) relies on a Snapdragon 8 series chipset, with 'Phone 2' and '8' adorning the back of a Manchester United jersey. For reference, Qualcomm became one of Manchester United's global partners in August 2022.
Evidently, Qualcomm was careful not to reveal which Snapdragon 8 series chipset will power the Nothing Phone (2), despite the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 being the only viable options at this point. In theory, Nothing could source the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, although it has a reputation for poor power management and overheating under load. By contrast, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 lacks these issues, which is attributed to the switch from Samsung to TSMC nodes.
Qualcomm's SVP and Mobile General Manager Alex Katouzian also congratulated Nothing and Carl Pei on its next smartphone in a now-deleted LinkedIn post where he named the smartphone and its chipset. Seemingly, Katouzian believed Nothing had now launched the Phone (2), which would explain why he referenced the smartphone as containing the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. According to our database, the move from the Snapdragon 778G Plus to the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 should yield at least a 25% performance improvement between the Phone (1) and Phone (2). A Nothing Phone (2) release date remains unknown at this stage; the Ear (2) will launch globally later this month, though.