How Nothing New Phone Compares
The Nothing Phone (1) and the Apple iPhone SE 3 are very similarly priced, despite being two very different devices. Why is that?
Nothing published Telephone (1) to ‘Back to Instinct‘ event on July 12, 2022, while the iPhone SE 3 was unveiled in March, but how do the two smartphones compare? Since Nothing launched its first product, the TWS headphones called Ear (1), the company has turned many heads in appreciation and criticism. While some users love the new semi-transparent design language used by the company, some prefer to have their headphones in a solid white color, just like the AirPods (2nd Gen) and AirPods Pro.
Rumors about Phone(1) started surfacing on the internet late last year when the company announced its partnership with Qualcomm, the California-based chipmaker. After that, Nothing CEO Carl Pei was spotted with the phone at the Consumer Electronics Show 2022 held earlier this year, but it wasn’t until March that the company released the phone (1). Technically, the Phone (1) and iPhone SE 3 share a similar launch schedule, but it didn’t take much more to prepare for the final release.
Before comparing Nothing Phone (1) and iPhone SE 3, it is essential to mention that the former is not available for purchase in the United States. Design is the most significant difference between Phone (1) and iPhone SE 3. With flashy lights in the transparent back panel, aluminum frame and symmetrical bezels, Phone (1) looks futuristic , unlike anything on the market right now. Although the iPhone SE 3 uses the same durable materials, the thick bezels make the device look outdated.
Phone (1) Vs. iPhone SE 3: performance, cameras and battery life
The second most obvious difference between the smartphones is their size – the phone (1) has a 6.55-inch OLED display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate, while the iPhone SE 3 has a 120Hz refresh rate. a 4.7-inch Retina IPS LCD display with a 60Hz refresh rate. At 402 pixels per inch, the phone’s screen (1) is not only sharper, but produces more vibrant colors than the iPhone SE 3. However, Apple’s entry-level iPhone supports True Tone technology and has a higher typical brightness at 625 nits. With a small punch-hole in the top left corner, the phone (1) offers a better viewing experience, thanks to its large and punchy screen, even though both devices have stereo speakers. When it comes to performance, the iPhone SE 3 tops the phone (1) as it comes with Apple’s most powerful mobile chipset to date, the A15 Bionic. Comparing the Geekbench score of the two smartphones, the Phone (1) with Snapdragon 778G+ scores 823 points in the single-core score and 2,730 points in the multi-core CPU score, almost half of the score obtained by the iPhone. In the real world, both smartphones can handle day-to-day tasks with ease. However, when it comes to graphics-intensive applications such as games or video editors, the iPhone SE 3 is the winner.
Speaking of cameras, the Nothing Phone (1) comes with dual rear cameras, including a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor (with OIS) and a 50MP Samsung JN1 secondary sensor (with EIS) for ultra-wide shots/ macro. By comparison, the iPhone SE 3 has a single 12MP camera (with OIS) on the back. On the front, the Phone (1) has a 12MP sensor, while the iPhone has a 7MP sensor (with EIS). Users can shoot 4K video at 60fps with the iPhone SE 3’s rear camera, a setting not available on the phone (1), which limits users to 4k video at 30fps per second. The iPhone lacks different photographic perspectives, but it comes with the image processing power of the A15 Bionic chipset. Hence, it turns out to be the more consistent and reliable performance of the two. However, the phone (1) is the right choice if you want ultra wide and macro photography options. Also, if someone wants to buy a device that is more water resistant, the iPhone SE 3 with IP67 is better than the phone (1) with an IP53 rating.
In terms of battery life, the phone (1) comes with a 4500mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. Moreover, the smartphone also supports 15W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging at 5W. Against the phone (1), the iPhone SE 3 has a 2,018mAh battery that supports up to 20W wired fast charging. With an OLED panel, mid-range chipset and dual rear camera setup, the Nothing Phone (1) with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is available for purchase at EUR 399 in the UK. On the other hand, the iPhone SE 3 with 64 GB of internal storage is available at 419 euros. Although the Nothing Telephone (1) and the iPhone SE 3 are similarly priced, the smartphones are very different when it comes to feature set and software experience, which should be the ultimate deciding factor.
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Source: Nothing, Apple
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