Nothing Phone (2a) to launch next year? New invitation adds fuel to rumours

Nothing launch set for 27 February 2024, but the invitation and the company are tight-lipped whether that'll be Phone (2a)

Nothing Phone and Sampha for Glyph Composer collaboration
(Image credit: Nothing)

Since the Nothing Phone (2) arrived this summer the London-based brand has been flat-out in launching all manner of products: from a sub-brand, CMF, to a new clothing line-up. And the rumour mill has been choc-full of suggestions that the brand is gearing up to launch a Nothing Phone (2a) – a Google Pixel 7a-style more affordable and more entry-level product. 

To add further fuel to that fire, I've just received a 'save the date' invitation from Nothing (image embedded below), scheduling an evening event for early next year, on 27 February 2024. Those in the industry will know that date coincides with Mobile World Congress (or MWC for short), an industry mobile event where the big names in the biz gather to show off their latest and greatest. 

'Nothing to see' MWC invitation

(Image credit: Nothing)

Clearly, however, this isn't confirmation that the event will be a Nothing Phone (2a) launch. Indeed, the 'Nothing to see' header in said invitation could be taken at face value – but I'm reading it as quite the opposite and think there will very much be 'Something to see'. Whether that'll be a Phone (2a) or something altogether different we'll have to wait and see. 

In terms of schedule, if I wind back to summer 2022 when the original Nothing Phone (1) was revealed, that was back in July of that year. It was available just days after its reveal, too, so for a February launch to deliver a Nothing Phone (3) would be too accelerated in my opinion. A halfway house Phone (2a), on the other hand, that could indeed have merit. 

The rumours don't seem unfounded either, as T3 previously reported, a Nothing handset had been spotted "moving through a certification process". It's claimed the device, codename AIN142, will feature a 6.7-inch OLED display on the front and, but of course, Nothing's light-up Glyph elements on the rear. I'll be interested to see what else shows up between now and February, as Nothing is on quite the roll at present...

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor and AV Editor at 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.