Nothing Phone (1) was recently launched globally. The device comes with mid-range specifications with some segment-first features. However, now that the hype has gone down a bit, the situation has gotten clearer. Before taking a look at the alternatives, let’s have a recap of Nothing Phone’s specifications for comparison.
Nothing Phone (1)
Nothing Phone (1) is powered by the Snapdragon 778G+. Moreover, the display is a 6.55″ 120Hz flexible OLED panel. Bezels are symmetrical and the punch-hole is towards the top left. The display also houses an in-display fingerprint scanner. It weighs 194g and measures 8.3mm thick. The phone packs a 4500 mAh battery which will charge at a maximum of 33W. In addition, the device supports 15W wireless and 5W reverse wireless charging as well.
The device runs on Android 12-based Nothing OS. Moreover, it will get 3 years of major Android updates as well. Moving on to the camera system, the device has a 50MP main IMX766 sensor with OIS and EIS. It is accompanied by a 50MP ultra-wide sensor as well. The front selfie shooter is a 16MP lens. Lastly, the device starts at £399.
The top alternatives for the Nothing Phone (1) are the Google Pixel 6a and the Xiaomi 12 Lite. The Pixel 6a comes with a flagship chipset, Pixel-exclusive features, quick software updates, and reliable cameras. Moreover, the Xiaomi 12 Lite comes with 67W charging and a 108MP main lens over the Phone (1). Other specifications are also similar for $399. Here are the full specifications of both devices.
Google Pixel 6a
Google has used the same camera system from the Pixel 5 on the 6a. There is an 8MP front camera while the dual rear cameras are 12.2MP and 12MP sensors. It also has a dual-tone finish with a glass back and metal frame similar to its elder siblings.
The phone weighs 178g and is 8.9mm thick. There is a 6.1″ flat OLED display on the front which has a 60Hz refresh rate. It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole selfie shooter in the center. In addition, there is a Type-C 3.1 port along with two grills, one for the speaker and one for the microphone. There are antenna bands on all four sides, and the SIM card housing is on the left side of the device with no headphone jack. Moreover, Google has featured the same Tensor chip in the 6a. This is great news. As it will bring the same technical prowess as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
Furthermore, the 6a has NFC, WiFi6, and a Titan M2 chip for security. 6a is also rated IP67 for water and dust resistance. The mid-ranger packs a 4410 mAh battery and will run Android 12. Google promises up to 3 OS upgrades and 5 years of security upgrades. Lastly, the 6a starts at $449 for the 6GB/128GB configuration.
Xiaomi 12 Lite
The device is powered by the Snapdragon 778G chipset. Moreover, it comes with a 6.55″ FHD+ OLED panel. The display has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch sampling rate. In addition, it has Gorilla Glass 5 protection and HDR 10+ certification as well. Furthermore, the device comes with up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB UFS 2.2 internal storage.
The Xiaomi 12 Lite packs a 4300 mAh battery with 67W wired charging support. Luckily, the 67W charging brick also comes with the device. The phone has dual stereo speakers and Hi-Res audio. The camera system is also jacked with numbers. It has a 108MP main sensor accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro sensor. Moreover, the front selfie shooter is a 32MP lens housed inside the centered punch-hole. Lastly, the device also packs an X-axis linear motor for a tighter haptic experience. The base model starts at $399.