Nothing Phone 2a said to be in the works; display, design tipped



  • Nothing Phone 2a could be in the works as a mid-range offering.
  • The handset bears the model number AIN142.
  • The Nothing Phone 2a is tipped to come with a 6.7-inch display, LED strips on the back panel, and probably dual cameras.

After launching the Nothing Phone (1) and Phone (2), the company appeared to have shifted its focus towards audio products, going by recent rumours. However, X (formerly Twitter) a tipster has shared that the brand is working on a new mid-range phone, dubbed the Nothing Phone 2a. The user has shared the model number, moniker, and design, besides tipping a few of the phone’s specifications.

Nothing Phone 2a would be in the works

  • According to a post on X by tipster Sanju Choudhary, the next phone from Nothing will be dubbed Nothing Phone 2a.
  • The handset is tipped to bear the model number AIN142.
  • However, this is not new information since the moniker and model number was confirmed on the IMEI database back in August.
  • The post also includes a possible design of the phone, showing the rear design. We see a familiar LED strip on the back panel and a transparent design.
  • The Nothing Phone 2a appears to have a boxy chassis with rounded edges and the strip light design is similar to the Nothing Phone (1).
  • The user says the final design could be slightly different.
  • The X user claims the phone would sport a 6.7-inch AMOLED display and a punch-hole cutout for the selfie shooter.
  • The handset could come with dual camera sensors on the back panel, which could be made of glass.
  • The Nothing Phone 2a going by the name will be slightly cheaper than the Nothing Phone 2 and will be placed above the Nothing Phone 1.

We advise readers to take this leak with a pinch of salt as the tipster doesn’t have a strong leaks record.

  • The Nothing OS 2.0.4 update to the Phone (2) weighs around 88MB in size.
  • The update adds the option to hide app icons in the app drawer, a new Photo widget, and an October security patch.
  • Nothing says the rollout of the update will be staggered.

Nothing Phone (2) is the brand’s flagship offering, which ships with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 SoC. The handset is now receiving a new software update with the build number Nothing OS 2.0.4 and this is rolling out globally to all customers. This comes after the brand rolled out the OS 2.0.3 update in September.  The latest update brings a new Nothing widget, which allows you to see your favourite snaps on your home screen.

Nothing OS 2.0.4 update

  • The Nothing OS 2.0.4 update to the Phone (2) weighs around 88MB in size.
  • This updates the widgets library interface to display Nothing widgets in categories.
  • Added the option to hide app icons in the app drawer. Customers can simply swipe right in the app drawer to reveal the hidden app icons.
  • The OS 2.0.4 update brings processing improvements for scenes with bright back-lighting.
  • This also improves zoom consistency between previewed footage and captured footage.
  • The speaker volume has also been improved for specific situations and the sound has been optimised when simultaneously connecting to a smartwatch and earbuds via Bluetooth.
  • The Nothing OS 2.0.4 brings Google October Security Patch.

Here’s a quick recall of the specifications.

  • Display:7-inch OLED display with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, 1600 nits of peak pixel brightness, HDR10+, and Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top.
  • Camera: 50MP Sony IMX890 sensor with OIS and EIS and a 50MP Samsung JN1 ultra-wide sensor. For selfies, there’s a 32MP front camera.
  • Processor:Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor.
  • RAM and storage:8GB RAM + 128GB storage, 12GB RAM + 256GB storage, and 12GB RAM + 512GB storage.
  • Battery:4,700mAh battery, 45W wired fast charging, and 15W wireless charging support.
  • Software:Android 13-based Nothing OS 2.0 out-of-the-box.

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