We’ll admit that when Nothing first confirmed that the Nothing Phone (2) would be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, we were confused. Given that this is 2023 and pretty much all flagships are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, we were a little apprehensive on how well the handset could sell.
It turns out that despite using last year’s tech, the Nothing Phone (2) is more than capable of holding its own. This is according to a speed test done by PhoneBuff in which they compared the handset against Apple’s iPhone 14 Plus, and to our surprise, it actually beat the handset by around 6 seconds overall.
We should point out that this is against the iPhone 14 Plus which uses the A15 Bionic chipset that was released in 2021, compared to Apple’s more expensive top-of-the-line model, the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which is powered by the newer A16 Bionic chipset. But the fact that the iPhone 14 Plus is priced at $899, which is about $200 more expensive than the Nothing Phone (2), is quite compelling.
Of course, we don’t think that this will make would-be iPhone users jump ship to Android just because of this one speed test, but if you’re looking for a new Android phone that won’t break the bank but is powerful, then the Nothing Phone (2) might be worth your consideration.