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Oneplus Nord N10 5G Review: Is it Worth Buying?

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Design
7.0/10
Display
7.6/10
Performance
8.1/10
Battery Life
8.5/10

OnePlus Nord N10 5G is an affordable phone of the Nord family that was launched in 2020. It is a Chinese brand device that ships with a brand new Qualcomm chip (the Snapdragon 690) that’s the first of the 600-series to support 5G. It has an LCD display and runs on the Android 10 operating system that would be upgraded to Android 11 later this year with a battery size of 4300mAh.

OnePlus N10 5G 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage SIM-Free Smartphone with Quad Camera, Dual SIM and Warp Charge 30T - Midnight Ice - 2 Year Warranty

Last Amazon price update was: December 6, 2022 4:29 am

Oneplus Nord N10 5G Design

The Nord N10 5G has a dark blue design with a Gorilla glass front, a plastic back and a metal frame. It is a solid mid-range phone with rounded edges and a glossy design that gives it a polished and sleek look for a budget phone.

The N10 5G doesn’t have the silence/vibrate switch that OnePlus phones are known for but it has a 3.5mm headphone jack to the left of the central USB-C port, a volume button on the left side and a power button on the right.

On the back of the Oneplus Nord N10, you’ll find four rear cameras of 64MP primary lens, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, 2MP macro sensor and 2MP monochrome lens in a rectangular shape. The front camera is 16MP located on the top left corner of the display. It has a central responsive fingerprint sensor at the back, weighs 190g and measures 6.4 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches.

Display

The OnePlus Nord N10 5G has a 6.49inch LCD display, Full HD+ screen, 20:9 aspect ratio, 2400 x 1080pixel resolution at 406ppi density and 90Hz refresh rate with excellent colour accuracy. The N10 5G has a flat display with only a hole for the front camera on the top-left corner of the screen.

The Nord N10 screen supports HDR10 Plus, which is something you would not find in mid-range phones. It doesn’t have an in-screen fingerprint sensor but you can set facial recognition to unlock the phone.

Performance and Battery life

The Nord N10 5G phone offers premium features at an incredible price. It has an Android 10 operating system with Oxygen OS on top and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 chip powered by an octa-core CPU. It offers 6GB RAM, 128GB storage space and comes with a micro SD slot for up to 512GB of expandable memory.

The N10 5G is a very responsive device that handles multitasking with ease. It is great for light gaming and records 4k videos at @30fps. The camera on the OnePlus Nord N10 5G take good photos in good light but low-light performance is inconsistent even with Night mode enabled.

The N10 5G has a 4,300mAh battery enough to get most users through the day. With online streaming over Wi-Fi, the battery lasted for 10hours but will last longer than that with less use. With the 30W fast charging adapter that comes in the box, It charges up to 66% in half an hour. It does not support wireless charging.

Features

1. Premium finish with glass front, plastic back, and metal frame.

2. 90Hz refresh rate.

3. 5G connectivity.

4. Robust 4300mAh battery.

5. It has a headphone jack.

6. Fingerprint sensor at the back.

7. Expandable memory.

8. Fast charging 30W adapter.

9. Quad rear camera.

10. Dual stereo speakers.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10
Processor                                  Qualcomm Snapdragon 690
Build                                       Gorilla glass front, plastic back, metal frame
Dimensions                              6.4 by 2.9 by 0.3 inches
Weight                                    190g
Screen size6.49 inches
Resolution                               1080 x 2400 pixels
Camera (Rear)                         64MP, 8MP, 2MP, 2MP; (front) 16MP
Battery                                     4300mAh
SIM                                         Dual SIM
Storage                                      6GB RAM, 128GB
COMMS                                 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
Sensors                                    Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Color                                       Midnight ice

                   

                               

Pros

  1. It supports 5G connectivity.
  2. 90Hz refresh rate.
  3. Strong battery.
  4. It offers solid performance for a mid-range device.
  5. Expandable memory.

Cons

  1. Stainless steel design attracts smudges and fingerprint stains.
  2. Camera performance in low-light is inconsistent even with Night mode.
  3. Only one Android update is guaranteed.

How much is Oneplus Nord N10 5G?

The Nord N10 5G is on the list of the most affordable 5G phones right now with great performance and excellent features. It is one of the first Oneplus’ budget phones and when compared to the other low budget 5G devices, the N10 5G comes as one of the best with a price tag of $299.99 for 6GB RAM, 128GB internal memory.

Oneplus Nord N10 5G Available series

The N10 5G was manufactured by Oneplus as part of its Nord series and so far, it’s just the original Oneplus Nord, Nord N100 and Nord N10 5G which we are reviewing. The Nord N10 5G is the higher variant of the Nord series with more features.

Buying guide

Oneplus intends to update the Nord N10 5G up till Android 11 and offers only two years of security updates which is something to consider if you’re after longevity in your phones. It beats a lot of other 5G phones in price and performance but that doesn’t make it the overall best budget phone as the camera is inconsistent in low light. If you are looking to get a phone that supports 5G connectivity and has a better camera, Google pixel 4A 5G is a good choice.

Is Oneplus Nord N10 5G worth buying?

The Nord N10 5G although cuts a few corners is an outstanding phone that checks the list of budget phones when it comes to battery life, camera, performance, 5G feature and refresh rate at 90Hz. It is worth buying.

Conclusion

The N10 5G is a mid-range phone that brings affordability to the 5G network without cutting too many corners with a fast refresh display, expandable memory, headphone jack and a 4300mAh battery. It just so happens that the N10 5G is in a really confusing position between quality and affordability as Oneplus offers two other smartphones in the Nord series and one hits quality while the other hits affordability.

At $389, you can get the Oneplus Nord with a better AMOLED display, better chipset, better all-round camera system and a more premium look and feel while the Nord N100 fits affordability when on a really tight budget with less storage, less RAM, inferior chip but the same Oxygen OS software, a bigger battery and a significant price of $159.

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Zeeshan Yousaf
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