Nothing, the tech company founded by Carl Pei, is currently working on its second smartphone, Nothing Phone (2), but its first phone, Nothing Phone (1), is still making headlines. Recently, on Twitter, a user named Yidi Reiss asked Pei how Nothing Phone (1) is superior to the Google Pixel 6a, which is also a popular mid-range phone available in India for under ₹30,000.
Pei responded by highlighting that Pixel 6a is Google’s entry-level smartphone, while Phone (1) is Nothing’s flagship model. He also mentioned that the bill of material cost to build Phone (1) is considerably higher than that of 6a.
In the same tweet, Pei also listed some of Phone (1)’s advantages, such as symmetrical bezels around the screen, which give it a more attractive design than Pixel 6a’s large chin, and Gorilla Glass 5, which makes the phone’s back side feel more premium compared to 6a’s plastic back.
Replying to him, Nothing CEO Carl Pei said “I find it odd that Nothing Phone (1) gets compared to the Pixel 6a. It’s a good device, but has a completely different positioning and value proposition.”
“Other than the glyph interface, how would you say it is better than the pixel 6a? Just curious since from what I understand that are priced similarly,” asked Reiss.
– Symmetrical bezels around the screen vs. a large chin on the 6a. This is very satisfying for those who demand good design.
– Gorilla Glass 5 vs. plastic back side, again feels way more premium.
– Better processor for faster performance.
– Way better camera hardware, although we have some catching up to do with them on software.
– 120Hz vs. 60Hz display refresh rate for a noticeable difference in smoothness when scrolling.
– Noticeably bigger screen, 6.55″ vs. 6.1″, for better media consumption.
– I prefer Nothing OS to Pure Android from an aesthetics and optimization/polish/finesse perspective, although both are nice.
– Faster wired charging and support for wireless charging which doesn’t exist on the 6a.