I tried the Nothing Phone (2) cameras – here are my results

Nothing Phone (2) launches on 11 July, ahead of which I can share a handful of shots from its cameras

Nothing Phone (2) camera on rear
(Image credit: Marques Brownlee)

Few devices launch with as much fanfare as London-based startup Nothing, which is set to launch the Nothing Phone (2) on 11 July. And I've already got one in hand for review. Except I'm not allowed to talk about that due to a series of embargoes – save for one pretty major caveat, as signed off by the company CEO, Carl Pei, on Twitter

The big boss shared his Nothing Phone (2) camera experience, saying: "The Phone (2) camera is turning out to be pretty good. Other brands use pro photographers or even pretend DSLR photos are shot on phones. To keep things real, I encourage everyone testing the Phone (2) to share unfiltered images right now." I've shared his full Tweet below so you can see his snaps. 

But as the Tweet says, those with a Nothing Phone (2) on test are free to share their images as shot with the phone. Just that I can't describe, comment or compare those images to other competitors' devices as yet, nor talk about the experience of using the phone. You'll have to be the judge by thumbing through my Nothing Phone (2) early camera samples gallery below. 

I can't talk about the Nothing Phone (2)'s design yet either, which I'm super eager to discuss. As we all know, the handset's unique selling point is its Glyph lights, with a teased update already revealing a Swedish House Mafia collaboration using the new Glyph Composer function. Lights, cameras, action, eh? But anyway, here's my gallery of Nothing Phone (2) shots, delivered without comment: 

At this stage, I've only fired up the Nothing Phone (2) for a single day thus far, whilst travelling to Berlin, Germany, for a work event. A little wander through Berlin's streets at night and some daytime snaps are as far as I've got in using the phone in a variety of conditions so far, but there's plenty more use and testing yet to come, which I'll need for the full and final review. Y'know, the piece with commentary and critique.

As the former CEO of OnePlus, Carl Pei's step by step pre-launch teases are no surprise, as his former affiliated company took a similar approach in the run-up to a device launch. I wouldn't be surprised if we see more Nothing Phone (2) features and design elements revealed before the actual launch event. But here's hoping a little bit of something is saved, to deliver some sense of surprise come 11 July...

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor and AV Editor at T3.com. He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.