Nothing upgrades its signature Glyph interface for its upcoming Phone 2 smartphone, which is expected to be officially announced on July 11. YouTuber Marques Brownlee has posted a first hands-on video with the new smartphone that offers an in-depth look at the flashing light interface built into the back of the phone, and the changes nothing has made to it compared to the Phone 1 of the phone. ‘last year.
Although the Glyph interface uses much the same model, it now includes more LED lighting zones, which should allow it to offer more granular control over the phone’s lighting effects. There’s almost triple the number of zones this time around, with the Phone 2 featuring 33 zones compared to 12 on the Phone 1.
More zones mean the phone can show how loud its volume is, or the progress of a timer, in the curved strip of light on the top right side of the phone’s back. There are also plans to allow third-party apps to use this light strip as a progress bar, with Uber and Indian restaurant app Zomato listed to support it. The strips themselves are also divided into several sections, although they use much the same layout as last time.
Another new feature is the ability to set an “essential app” and have its notifications illuminate the top right light strip on the back of the phone. So if you want Phone 2 to turn on for WhatsApp notifications, but not Gmail or Instagram, that should now be possible.
The Phone 2 retains the same essential design language as the Phone 1, with a few tweaks. The non-white variant is now more gray than black, and Brownlee notes that its back is slightly more rounded this time around. If you’re interested in the white version, Nothing showed it off in a new promotional image posted on their website, which we’ve included below.
Brownlee’s video adds to a host of details Nothing has been announced about his phone 2 in the last few weeks, including that it will come with a transparent USB-C cable, offer support for 3 years of updates Android update and 4 years of security updates, and will be powered by a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. Importantly, it will also be available in the US, unlike its predecessor. You can read a full list of Nothing’s phone announcements on our Phone 2 stream.