The Nord N10 5G from OnePlus is considered a low-budget smartphone that has many excellent and premium features.
Fast Talk (Nord N10)
After essentially ignoring the more affordable end of the smartphone market for a few years, now OnePlus seems to be making concerted efforts to get stuck back in there.
so they’ve only just released their OnePlus Nord N10 which at 379 quid is one of the cheapest blows we’ve had for them in some time.
and now they’ve launched a couple of extra budget blowers including the OnePlus Nord N10, and this phone costs 329 , it does pre-order on Amazon from November the 14th, you’ll be able to actually get your hands on one from November the 27th.
The first impressions definitely feels like more of a budget smartphone from OnePlus compared with the other efforts, even the Nord.
|OS||Android 10 with Oxygen OS|
|Display||6.5 inches LCD, 2400 x 1080-pixel; 90Hz|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 690|
|Storage||128GB (expandable to 512GB)|
|Rear camera||64MP wide (f/1.79); 8MP ultra-wide-angle (f/2.25); 2MP macro (f/2.4); 2MP monochrome (f/2.4)|
|Front camera||16MP (f/2.05)|
|Size||6.4 x 2.9 x 0.45 inches|
Nord N10: Very sleek design
it’s only available in one colour, and that’s midnight ice. so as you’d expect with having midnight in the name.
it’s a very very dark finish, not really sure what the ice bit is all about because obviously if you look at anything at midnight regardless of what it is, it’s going to look black.
I mean you might as well call it midnight squirrel or midnight bacon sandwich.
Still, I do like the light streak effect that you get here on the OnePlus Nord N10, seen on quite a few budget blows from the likes of realme and oppo so it adds a bit of extra flair.
And while OnePlus
hasn’t specifically stated what the Nord N10 is made of that definitely feels like a plastic back to me, it’s got a little bit of flex in there, but nothing too severe.
at 290 grams it’s got a reasonable heft to it, so it doesn’t feel toy like or anything, and the good news is you do at least get gorilla glass 3, cutting around the front, so hopefully that screen will stay in good nick.
and of course something we haven’t seen from OnePlus in quite some time a rear mounted fingerprint sensor rather than one built into the actual display itself.
and there’s something else on the OnePlus Nord N10 that we haven’t seen on a OnePlus handset for quite some time, it’s got a headphone jack.
so gonna get the phone all set up and ready for action, you have the sim tray, and you can fit a pair of sim cards into the OnePlus Nord N10, sim1 and sim2.
but the real headline stealer here is the fact that you’ve actually got microSD memory card support.
you can actually expand the storage using that microSD memory card slot by a further 512 gigs but luckily you do get 128 gigs on there as standard.
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one of the first things you’ll notice about it is it actually has the older android 10 and oxygen OS 10 on it rather than the fresh new android and oxygen OS 11.
so it’s a shame that the n10 doesn’t come with the freshest software out of the box unlike the latest OnePlus 8t,
but the OnePlus update schedule seems to be pretty aggressive so hopefully it should be getting in before the end of the year.
and I’ve always been a big fan of oxygen OS, it’s got that nice sort of stock android-ish feel but with a few extra bonus bits slathered on top that really are genuinely useful.
so for instance you’ve got more customisation options on here than you do with stock android, you can change up the clock style.
you can play around with the colours in the menus ,the system icons.
suddenly there’s no always-on display option on here because that’s something that was introduced in oxygen OS 11 , and you need an OLED screen for that anyway.
I’ve got lots of different clock styles you can use for the ambient display as OnePlus terms it.
and so far the rear mounted fingerprint sensor seems to do its job absolutely fine, reasonably responsive not the swiftest unlock action in the world, but absolutely fine.
and one of those oxygen OS editions is a good bit of face and lock action as well as you got that as a backup to the fingerprint sensor.
The OnePlus is fierce and lock tech is normally pretty swift and responsive.
A beautiful display with a full HD plus Resolution
and in terms of the hardware, you’ve got that 6.49 inch screen which as you can see there is surrounded by some fairly chunky bezels especially down below.
it’s an IPS screen not an OLED so if you want a bit of all that tech you’ll have to upgrade to the OnePlus nord for an extra 50 quid, but for IPS screen seems absolutely fine reasonably bright on that top level.
might have some visibility issues in extreme sunlight or something, but not too shabby.
the colour temperature seems quite neutral by default, but you can dive into the display settings and play around with the white balance if you like.
you’ve got usual night modes and stuff in there, but you can’t alter the actual colour vibrancy or anything like you can on those OLED displays.
that full HD plus resolution keeps video nice and crisp on the likes of Disney plus, but sadly Netflix only has widevine I3 support, so you can’t stream in HD it’s SD all the way and there’s certainly no HD support on the OnePlus nord n10.
but hopefully that’s something that OnePlus will rectify very shortly, and of course like most rivals around this sort of price point you do actually have full 90 hertz support as well, so just dive into the advanced screen settings as you can see there.
it’s set to 90 hertz by default, and there’s dynamically switched between 60 and 90 depending on what you’re actually up to at the time.
Nord N10: Great Cameras
The OnePlus Nord N10 has a squint on that quad lens rear camera tech.
The original Nord also had a quad lens rear camera, but it’s different hardware here on the N10.
The main primary shooter is actually a 64 megapixel effort, but it does use a four in one pixel binning as you can see.
it shoots at 16 megapixels by default. you can bump up to that 64 megapixel resolution if you want to though.
I’d say though for your everyday shots you want to stick with those 16 megapixel modes, because it’ll just help to brighten up snaps and keep them nice and sharp when the conditions aren’t quite perfect.
and certainly the colour capture seems quite strong even with quite harsh lighter elements, invading the frame.
now details l levels in ambient indoor conditions, so not too bad you don’t get some of the finer detail that you’ll hopefully capture if you’re shooting outdoors.
A lot of modes and Front camera
they do have all of the usual borderless mod shenanigans including a bit of portrait action of course to get that bucky blurry background effect which OnePlus smartphones normally do.
you’ve got the nightscape mode as well which just takes lots of different shots, different exposure levels and then combines them in order to create a brighter more balanced result.
and as usual you got the full pro controls as well if you want to dive in there, and have a fiddle around with the likes of the white balance, the iOS levels etc.
and besides that 64 megapixel primary lens, the rest of the hardware is basically the same as the OnePlus notes.
you’ve got an right megapixel ultra wide angle lens, which i found certainly on the original nord it tended to produce slightly warmer colours than the primary lens.
and they do have a digital zoom which you can dive into as well but there’s no optical zoom on here because the final two lenses are just a basic macro lens and monochrome lens.
then for your video you can shoot up to 4k resolution footage although you don’t have that 60 frames per second option.
and last up if we swap around to that front-facing camera it’s a 16-megapixel effect should be absolutely fine, if you saw your basic Facebook and insta shots.
Conclusion (Nord N10)
In the end, we can say that the OnePlus Nord N10 is a wonderful phone as it has many features and specifications,
for example, it is undeniable that it has main-angle and ultra-wide cameras,
and it has a quick update screen, long battery life, fast charging and 5G performance at a lower price than you You pay for these welcome capabilities.
The Nord N10 5G may not be a perfect phone, but it is indeed one of the best phones in this price range. Thanks to the large screen, distinct design and flexible quad cameras.
But if you’re looking for better picture quality, consider the $ 499 Pixel 4a 5G.