MWC 2024: Nothing enters the budget range with Phone (2a)

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Nothing isn’t one to be quiet about new releases. The London-based phone company’s media push largely relies on trickling out information about devices bit by bit. It’s been a solid strategy thus far (if a bit annoying as someone who covers this world), as so many of its announcements have been first-gen products, each generating a buzz beyond the company’s loyal fanbase.

Nothing Phone (2a) certainly fits the bill. While it’s actually the company’s third handset, it’s the aimed squarely at a different demographic than the flagship Phone (1) and Phone (2).  The “a” bit, as you’ve likely gathered from previous handsets, implies a budget focus. In recent years, that’s mostly been a game of deciding which flagship features can sacrificed to reduce the price, while keeping is close to a premium feel as possible.

After various teases and a handful of official image releases, the Phone (2a) finally saw the light of day (well, the warm glow of a Barcelona night) at MWC 2024. More specifically, it was a guest of honor at last night’s Nothing after show party, glowing up in all of its low-priced glory inside a glass box. Otherwise, Nothing has otherwise been lying low at the big mobile trade show, opting out of a floor presence.

To quote Operation Ivy paraphrasing Plato’s account of Socrates, “all I know is that I don’t know Nothing.” Details are few and far between at the moment. That said, the design does tell us a good amount about the product. For starters, Nothing has unsurprisingly retained some of the transparent aesthetic of the rest of the line. The light up Glyphs are back, as well – though they cover a lot less surface area than the other models, relegated to a trio of bands up top.

Phone (2a) keeps the Phone (2)’s dual-camera set up, though it’s been moved to the center. I’m curious to hear whether that’s primarily a pragmatic decision or an aesthetic one. With Nothing being so focused on design, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was moved simply to distinguish the device from its flagships. Whatever the case, this is a good looking and (it appears) solidly built budget phone. The rear may be a bit busy for some, but – as ever – I appreciate what Nothing has done to break away the samey design most manufacturers have settled into.

We don’t know specifics on the camera set up beyond number and orientation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a step down from the Phone (2), as camera configurations certainly contribute to manufacturing price. We do know, however that the phone will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro chip – a variant built specifically for the device.

Price is very much still an open question – and an important one at that.



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Lisa Holden
Lisa Holden is a news writer for LinkDaddy News. She writes health, sport, tech, and more. Some of her favorite topics include the latest trends in fitness and wellness, the best ways to use technology to improve your life, and the latest developments in medical research.

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