Nothing’s next smartphone will be ‘more premium’ than Nothing Phone (1)

Nothing’s upcoming smartphone is definitely coming to the US in 2023, and it will be more premium than NothingPhone (1).

This is according to Nothing CEO and co-founder Carl Pei, who spoke with Inverse(Opens in a new window). Pei said that the upcoming device, which will (unsurprisingly) be called the Nothing Phone (2), will launch “later this year.”

Careful not to spill the beans on the upcoming phone, Pei wouldn’t elaborate on the device’s specifications. He did tell the outlet that the new phone will be “more premium” than the first one, and that software will be a “big focus” for the company.

The original (and only) phone launched by the company was the NothingPhone (1)which had a distinctive, semi-transparent design, decent hardware specs, and a $299 price tag in the US (but no support(Opens in a new window) for 5G on T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon). The phone also ran a beta version of Android 13-based Nothing OS; Pei says that the next version of the software will run faster and smoother.

All of this should spell a very different experience for US customers when the Nothing Phone (2) launches. In the interview, Pei said that the US will be the company’s “No. 1. priority in terms of markets.” He also described how the company went from $24 million in revenue in 2021 to more than $200 million in 2022, as well as growing from 200 to 400 employees last year. All of these positions Nothing better for a proper US launch; the company also plans to open more retail stores globally.

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