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5 Alternatives to the Nothing Phone (1)

by Duey Guison  August 6, 2022

The Nothing Phone (1) is now available in the Philippines, and despite the hype about the young brand’s first phone, its reception was divided. Looking through all of our Facebook posts on the Nothing Phone (1), and the common sentiment is that it falls short when it comes to price-to-performance. While it has its fair share of features to justify the price–and we’re not just talking about its Glyph interface–there’s no denying that the Nothing Phone (1) is up against tough competition from both current and previous-generation upper mid-range phones. That being said, we carefully curated good alternatives to the Nothing Phone (1) if you are not biting into the hype and prefer a phone that offers better value.

5 Alternatives to the Nothing Phone (1)

  • realme GT Neo3
  • POCO F4 GT
  • Xiaomi 11T Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s
  • OPPO Reno6

 

realme GT Neo 3Php 29,999

realme GT Neo 3 Philippines Specs

  • Dimensity 8100 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage
  • 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 120hz refresh rate, HDR10+
  • 50-megapixel f/1.8 IMX 766 main camera with PDAF and OIS; 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera
  • 16-megapixel selfie camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G, LTE, 5G
  • WiFi 6, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, Stainless steel vapor cooling
  • Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 80W charging
  • Android 12, realmeUI 3.0

Launching at roughly the same time as the Nothing Phone (1), the GT Neo 3 sacrifices the ultra-wide-angle camera, premium build, and other gimmicks for a more powerful Dimensity 8100 processor that trumps the Nothing Phone (1)’s Snapdragon 778G+ processor. The battery is also bigger at 5000mAh, and realme does believe that wireless charging is not necessary since 80w wired charging is the better option.

 

POCO F4 GTPhp 27,990

POCO F4 GT Philippines Specs:

  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor
  • 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 120hz refresh rate, 480hz touch sampling rate, support for HDR10+ and DCI-P3, 10-bit color
  • 64-megapixel f/2.0 IMX 686 main camera with PDAF, 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera, 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera
  • 20-megapixel IMX 596 selfie camera
  • 4G, 5G
  • WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • IP53 rating, JBL-tuned stereo speakers, physical shoulder triggers
  • 4700mAh battery
  • 120w fast charging
  • Android 12, MIUI 13

One of the complaints about the Nothing Phone (1) is its processor of choice–especially if you have brands like POCO that can give you one of the latest flagship processors at under Php 30k. Its cameras may not be as impressive as what the Nothing Phone (1) offers, but the POCO F4 GT is a serious gaming beast with its physical shoulder triggers and crazy fast 120w charging.

 

Xiaomi 11T ProPhp 27,990

Xiaomi 11T Pro Philippines Specs

  • Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 120hz refresh rate
  • 108-megapixel f/1.75 main camera with PDAF, 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera, 5-megapixel telemacro camera with AF
  • 16-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera
  • 4G, 5G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Harman Kardon-tuned Stereo Speakers
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 120w wired charging
  • Android 12, MIUI 13

Sometimes, the latest offerings are not necessarily the best. Take the Xiaomi 11T Pro for example: despite being a year old and recently receiving a price cut, it still remains to be one of the best phones you can buy for under Php 30k in 2022. The Snapdragon 888 is more powerful than the Nothing Phone (1)’s Snapdragon 778G+, and the Xiaomi 11T Pro gets premium Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers and the ability to shoot 8K30 and 4K60 video–two video recording options that the Nothing Phone (1) lacks.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52sPhp 24,990

Samsung Galaxy A52s Philippines Specs:

  • Snapdragon 778G processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB/256GB storage, expandable via MicroSD
  • 6.5-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display, 120hz refresh rate
  • 64-megapixel f/1.8 main camera with PDAF and OIS, 12-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera, 5-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera, 5-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor
  • 32-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera
  • 4G, LTE, 5G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Stereo speakers, IP67 rating
  • 4500mAh battery
  • 25w charging
  • Android 12, OneUI 4.0

Even if it’s a generation old (we would have included the A53 if we did not have reservations over Samsung’s use of an Exynos 1280 processor), we feel that the Galaxy A52s is one of the closest rivals of the Nothing Phone (1) if the internals is the basis. Despite only having a polycarbonate build, the Galaxy A52s one-ups the Nothing Phone (1) by having an IP67 rating and a headphone jack–which is also the other reason why we recommend the Galaxy A52s over the A53.

 

OPPO Reno6 – Php 24,990

OPPO Reno6 Philippines Specs

  • Dimensity 900 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 20:9 aspect ratio, 90hz refresh rate
  • 64-megapixel f/1.7 main camera with PDAF, 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera
  • 32-megapixel selfie camera
  • 4G, LTE, 5G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, in-display fingerprint scanner
  • 4300mAh battery
  • 65w fast charging
  • Android 12, ColorOS 12

If you are a fan of the Nothing Phone (1)’s looks but find the Glyph interface gimmicky, you might want to consider the Reno6 instead for its premium build that includes anodized aluminum for the frame and a well-built polycarbonate back panel that you’d probably mistake for glass. The Dimensity 900 processor of the Reno6 is roughly at par with the Nothing Phone (1)’s Snapdragon 778G+, though the specs of the Reno6 are inferior to the Phone (1) save for charging speeds.

That rounds up our top alternatives to the Nothing Phone (1). Did we miss any other good alternatives? Let us know!

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