Nothing Phone comparison (1): we put it up against the Xiaomi Poco F4, OnePlus Nord 2 5G and the best premium mid-range phones

Nothing Phone comparison (1): we put it up against the Xiaomi Poco F4, OnePlus Nord 2 5G and the best premium mid-range phones

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The Nothing Phone (1) is a different mobile, with a very particular rear design. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be better. To understand how it fits into the current Android smartphone market, here we bring you our feature comparison where we face them technically.

This is how the Nothing Phone is located (1) compared to the best premium mid-range of the moment, from rivals with great value for money to Lite models of the main high-end models. A much more level fight than it might seem.

These are the models with which we will face the Nothing Phone (1):

Same in size, different in appearance

The Nothing Phone (1) is clearly differentiated by that Glyph interface, the name given to the 900 LEDs on the transparent back cover that we can configure as we please. Here each brand opts for a different strategy, but with the passage of time we have been seeing rears with more personality. This is the case, for example, of the Realme GT Neo 3T, although none reaches the level of Nothing.

At the screen level, we do see that practically all manufacturers repeat with an AMOLED FullHD + panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The same happens with the battery, where practically all are at the same level. This similarity shows us that there is little room to differentiate in terms of size.

Only the LEDs of the Nothing Phone (1) were needed to fan the flame of Android.  It's not good news

The Nothing Phone (1) bears a great resemblance in size to the Poco F4, being lighter than the Realme GT Neo 3T because it has less battery.

Nothing Phone (1)

Xiaomi POCO F4

Realme GT Neo 3T

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

OPPO Find X5 Lite

OnePlus Nord 2 5G

Screen

6.55″ AMOLED FHD+

120Hz

6.67″ AMOLED FHD+

120Hz

6.62″ AMOLED FHD+

120Hz

6.4″ AMOLED FHD+

120Hz

6.43″ AMOLED FHD+

90Hz

6.43″ AMOLED FHD+

90Hz

Drums

4,500mAh

4,520mAh

5,000mAh

4,500mAh

4,500mAh

4,500mAh

Dimensions and weight

159.2 x 75.8 x 7.6mm

193.5g

163.2 x 75.95 x 7.7mm

195g

162.9 x 75.8 x 8.65mm

194.5g

155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9mm

177g

160.6 x 73.2 x 7.81mm

173g

158.9 x 73.2 x 8.25mm

189g

The Snapdragon 778+ improves in efficiency compared to its rivals

Nothing Phone

Nowadays it is easy to find mobiles with 8 GB of RAM. Not so much with 12 GB, although Nothing will only offer it in the higher version. The same goes for storage, where all the phones in this comparison start at 128 GB. The big difference is in the processor and here Nothing bets on something slightly more modern.

The Snapdragon 778G+ of the Nothing Phone (1) is a modification of the 778G to add wireless charging. As expected, all mobiles are 5G. Although its rivals opt for the Snapdragon 870 or with the new MediaTek Dimensity.

The processor chosen by Nothing is practically identical to the Snapdragon 870, but with a better efficiency due to being manufactured in 6 nanometerscompared to the 7 nanometers of the 870. At the GPU level, the Snapdragon 778G+ is at 490 MHz, while the GPU of the Xiaomi POCO F4 stays at 250 MHz.

At the software level, Nothing bets on a clean customization layer. Is a strategy different from that adopted by brands such as Xiaomi or OPPO. OnePlus has also been changing over time towards a model with more and more customization. Nothing OS is a newcomer. We will have to see how it evolves over time.

Nothing Phone (1)

Xiaomi POCO F4

Realme GT Neo 3T

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

OPPO Find X5 Lite

OnePlus Nord 2 5G

Processor

Snapdragon 778G+

Snapdragon 870

Snapdragon 870

Snapdragon 888

Dimension 900

Dimension 1200

RAM

8 / 12GB

6 / 8GB

8GB

6 / 8GB

8GB

8 / 12GB

Storage

128 / 256GB

128 / 256GB

128 / 256GB

128 / 256GB

256GB

128 / 256GB

Software

Nothing OS

android 12

MIUI 13 + POCO Launcher

android 12

Realme UI 3.0

android 12

One UI

android 12

Color OS 12

android 12

Oxygen OS 12

android 12

Nothing Phone (1), first impressions: the new one in the class wants to teach the others how to do homework

More cameras is not always better

Instead of adding multiple sensors for wide angle and macro, Nothing opts for a strategy more similar to that of Apple or Google and opt for a double sensor of 50 megapixels. We will have to see how the quality of these cameras is, although technically these sensors are similar to those presented by brands such as Samsung or OPPO. In fact, the cheaper OnePlus Nord 2 5G adds the same main sensor.

In the front camera it does not particularly stand out, finding us with a 16 megapixel sensor that we also see in the Realme model.

Nothing Phone (1)

Xiaomi POCO F4

Realme GT Neo 3T

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

OPPO Find X5 Lite

OnePlus Nord 2 5G

rear cameras

50MP IMX766, f/1.88, OIS

50MP, Samsung JN1, f/2.2

64MP, f/1.79

Wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2

Macro: 2MP, f/2.4

64MP, f/1.79

Wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2

Macro: 2MP, f/2.4

12MP f/1.8, OIS

Wide angle: 12 MP, f / 2.2

Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4, OIS

64MP, f/1.7

Wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.25

Macro: 2MP, f/2.4

50MP, f/1.88, OIS

Wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.25

Monochrome: 2MP

Frontal camera

16MP, f/2.45

20MP, f/2.45

16MP, f/2.45

32MP, f/2.2

32MP, f/2.4

32MP, f/2.45

Right price, waiting for offers

Nothing Phone Black

The Nothing Phone (1) costs 469 euros. Not the bargain price many might expect, but fits perfectly with what the competition has. It is a mobile of less than 500 euros. Of course, as we have already seen on days like Prime Day, there is room for Nothing to offer its mobile considerably lowered. The Nothing Phone (1) is a great phone and it’s priced right, although it’s far from equaling what OnePlus did back in the day.

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