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Nothing Phone 2a review: Fun design

Nothing Phone 2a review: Fun design

Nothing Phone 2A

The Nothing Phone 2a is priced like a lower-end mid-range phone, but punches way above its weight. The phone looks premium, and feels great in hand. Its unique transparent design, along with the placement of its dual rear cameras, stand out, and easily draw the eyes. You can't go wrong with this.

Quick specs

  • 8-core 4nm MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro, up to 2.8GHz
  • 12GB RAM, 256GB storage
  • 50MP rear dual cameras (wide and ultra-wide), 32MP front
  • 6.7-inch AMOLED 120Hz display, typical brightness: 700 nits, peak: 1,300 nits

Like the earlier Nothing Phones, the Nothing Phone 2a comes with the unique Glyph system. However, it only has three LED lights at the back of the phone. As with previous models, they can light up to notify you, to view the phone's volume levels, or as a timer. To be honest, my phone is mostly face-up most of the time, so this feature feels limited to me, but your mileage may vary. It is still pretty useful as a torch or fill light though. Besides the transparent rear back, there's one other thing that sets the Nothing Phone 2a from the competition: The centered dual cameras.

Nothing Phone 2A
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Unlike the Nothing Phone 2, the 2a's dual cameras are located in the centre, and look very much like eyes. These 50MP cameras feature up to 2x optical zoom, and are loaded with a computational engine called the TrueLens Engine to enhance the pictures. It's able to take nice-looking HDR, and night shots. Night shots do have some noise, but it's pretty acceptable for a mid-range phone. Portrait shots also look really good as well. I do note that it does take a few seconds to process the photo after you take a shot. It's really noticeable, especially when you try viewing an image right after taking it. While it can do up to 10x digital zoom, it's barely usable, as images are too smudged. The 6.7-inch AMOLED adaptive 120Hz display has a peak 1,300 nits brightness, and looks stunning.

Nothing Phone 2A
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Battery life is great, you can get more than a day of normal use with its 5,000mAh battery. It has 45W fast charging, but no wireless. The Nothing Phone 2a is snappy, and responsive. It honestly feels much faster than the Oppo Reno11 Pro 5G, which struggled with Android Auto. In the PCMark battery test benchmark, the phone lasted 11hr 18min, more than the Nothing Phone 2's 9hr 33min. In fact, it's one of the longest lasting phones we've tested so far. The Mediatek Dimensity 7200 chip also achieved 1,046 (single) and 2,471 (multi) in Geekbench 6, putting it pretty much in the bottom tier of mid-range phones. Meanwhile, in 3DMark's Wild Life Extreme Stress Test, performance only dipped by 0.4% while temperatures remained low at 39° C. However, it's one of the lower 3DMark scores, at just 1,152. In comparison, the Oppo Reno11 Pro 5G scored 6,229.

At S$499, the Nothing Phone 2a is a surprisingly good buy. You get very decent performance, and cameras, packed into a pretty fun design. I recommend going for the Milk version, as the color really pops compared to the black version. Get it from Shopee or Lazada.

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Note: Review unit provided by Nothing.

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