Nothing Phone (1) is NOT getting the best processor and Nothing says it is okay
Nothing Phone (1) will be using the Snapdragon 778G+ chipset, as confirmed by Carl Pei in a latest interview. Here are all the details.
Nothing Phone (1) has been hyped unlike any other phone in recent times. Carl Pei and his team have managed to keep the product in headlines almost daily; be it leaked renders or some limited time auction, or a weird invite-based pre-order system. In today's episode of “why the Nothing Phone (1) is interesting”, we have Carl Pei himself revealing what processor the phone will use. It is the humble Snapdragon 778G+ chip as revealed by leaks but you now get the reasoning in the way Nothing wants you to look at it.
Nothing says the Phone (1) uses the midrange and not exactly cutting-edge Snapdragon 778G+ for very different reasons. Carl Pei said in a statement to Input that the “reason for going with a mid-range chip came down to performance, power consumption, and cost.” Pei also said he feels “phones have reached a point of good enough performance for general tasks and more powerful chips have diminishing returns.”
Nothing Phone (1) uses midrange chips
Additionally, the Snapdragon 778G+ has been also the choice for its power efficiency claims. Nothing says this chip is 30 percent “better performing from a heating, power saving POV” and the 778G+ is better in terms of thermals and power savings compared to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. We get the point behind it but as the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 hasn't been out on many phones, it is weird to rule it out.
And then there's the Nothing exclusivity. Nothing says that Qualcomm designed the Snapdragon 778G+ specifically for the Phone (1). Compared to the Snapdragon 778G, the Plus variant added the support for wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Good way to look at it but Motorola has already used the chip on its Edge 30.
We saw the Edge 30 with the Snapdragon 778G+ and it did not disappoint as far as performance was concerned. Hence, for the Nothing Phone (1), we expect the phone to offer good performance for daily tasks and even decent casual gaming experiences. What remains to be seen is the battery life performance, which on the Motorola Edge 30 was sub-par. Considering the 4500mAh battery on the Nothing Phone (1), will it be able to provide an all-day battery?