Easy software program
Good battery life
Efficiency can really feel sluggish
Digicam is a weak level
Launching on Android 10
OnePlus has lengthy been the bastion of value-for-money within the Android world, however as its flagship telephones creep up in value, extra room has been made for lower-cost units that also supply some nice options. The unique OnePlus Nord exemplified this, with a stable design and good battery life. Now, OnePlus is increasing the sequence — with the brand new OnePlus Nord N10 5G.
The brand new machine is presently solely out there in Europe and the U.Okay., nevertheless OnePlus says that it is going to be bringing it, together with the also-new OnePlus Nord N100, to North America quickly. At 329 British kilos it’s nonetheless not an inexpensive telephone, however positively price range acutely aware. Must you purchase it? We put the OnePlus Nord N10 5G to the take a look at to seek out out.
Editor’s Notice: As a result of the Nord N10 5G is obtainable in Europe first, we have been despatched a European mannequin to check. Testing within the U.S., the telephone has technical limitations round 5G bands and different community know-how. The North American mannequin shouldn’t run into any of those points.
Design and show
Midrange telephones have been getting a complete lot higher, and most of the greatest midrange units now supply a contemporary design with an edge to edge show. The OnePlus Nord N10 5G is not any exception to that rule. The show has properly rounded corners, there’s a (comparatively massive) hole-punch cutout for the front-facing digicam on the highest left of the show, and so forth. The one factor that breaks the phantasm is a big chin on the backside of the show, however it’s actually not a dealbreaker.
The again of the telephone appears similar to different fashionable OnePlus units. There’s a squircle-shaped digicam module on the highest left of the again of the telephone, which homes the quad-lens digicam. The one distinction, at the least in look, is the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which usually labored effectively.
After all, look and really feel are a bit of totally different. The again of the telephone appears good, however it’s constructed from plastic, and that may be felt. It’s widespread in telephones on this value vary, however I might nonetheless prefer to see midrange telephones beginning to get constructed from extra premium supplies.
The telephone appears good, however look and really feel are totally different — you already know it’s plastic.
Across the edges, you’ll get all of the usuals: A USB-C port, a quantity rocker, and an influence button. Additionally on the underside is a wierd gap. After consulting the directions, I decided that it’s known as a “headphone jack.” Bizarre.
The Nord N10 5G gives a 6.49-inch show with a 1080p decision and it appears good. No, it’s not a high-end 1440p show, however at the least it’s a 90Hz excessive refresh fee show. It will get vivid sufficient to make use of even in direct daylight, it gives comparatively vivid colours, and for many, it’s greater than ok.
Efficiency and battery
The OnePlus Nord N10 5G gives a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 processor, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s not a nasty lineup of specs, and actually, it’s very nice that the bottom mannequin comes with 128GB of storage. However there are different telephones that really feel snappier within the value vary. An ideal instance of that’s the Google Pixel 4a, which is about the identical value, and has a Snapdragon 730G — and the higher-end Pixel 4a 5G, which is admittedly a bit of pricier, has a Snapdragon 765G. Whereas the usual Pixel 4a gained’t beat the OnePlus Nord 10 5G in benchmarks, Google’s telephones are very responsive in real-world use and extra updated with software program.
The restrictions of the telephone’s efficiency will be felt at instances. Typically it takes a second or two to load the keyboard, and generally once you sort, it might probably skip a beat to truly present the character on the show. Primary operation is comparatively easy more often than not, however it’s the events that it’s not easy that you’re reminded you will have a price range machine.
Benchmark outcomes verify this. The Nord N10 5G bought 281,214 in AnTuTu and 606 single-core, 1,804 multi-core in GeekBench 5. Gaming with the telephone is a good expertise. Video games take a beat to load, however precise gameplay labored high-quality in our testing with video games like Name of Responsibility: Cellular and Asphalt 9.
The battery on the telephone sits in at four,300mAh, and it was simply capable of ship a full day of use. That stated, I like to recommend disabling the always-on show on the telephone. The OnePlus Nord 10 5G has an LCD panel, and with the show function enabled, the backlight stays on even when the show is “off.” That may critically suck battery, and with the function switched on, I did discover that battery was impacted, to the purpose the place I wanted to cost the telephone earlier than the top of a moderate-use day.
Full-day battery isn’t an issue, and Warp Cost 30T quick charging is a differentiator at this value.
Fortunately, the telephone helps OnePlus’ Warp Cost 30T, and it comes with a charger within the field. Since I used to be shipped the European mannequin of the machine, I didn’t take a look at the charger right here within the U.S. — nevertheless, having examined OnePlus quick charging up to now, it’s possible that the telephone will be capable to get a majority of its cost again in a matter of round 30 minutes. That’s a differentiator at this value.
The Nord 10 5G additionally, because the title suggests, helps 5G, due to Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 690 chipset and Snapdragon X51 modem. The result’s that you just’ll get Sub-6 5G connectivity, however not the superfast mmWave that carriers like Verizon have been touting. That shouldn’t be a giant deal for many although — mmWave is barely out there, and you actually shouldn’t purchase or keep away from a telephone based mostly on mmWave help.
The OnePlus Nord 10 5G gives a quad-lens digicam system, however it’s not essentially as versatile as you may assume. When you would suppose that amongst these 4 lenses there’s a telephoto lens, there sadly is just not. As an alternative, you’ll get a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8MP ultrawide digicam, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. I actually want OnePlus would eliminate the macro lens — it’s ineffective.
The cameras are high-quality, however not groundbreaking. That is the place the Pixel 4a stands out.
Pictures are high-quality, however not groundbreaking. If you need the perfect photographs on a telephone on this value vary, you’re higher off turning to the Pixel 4a, which has flagship-level picture processing.
Usually, the telephone didn’t ship as a lot element as I might have appreciated to see. Colours have been additionally a bit of muted, and never as vibrant as I might usually anticipate from a 2020 telephone. That’s very true in tricker taking pictures conditions, for instance with a vivid background and darker foreground. Ensuring HDR is on does assist in these conditions, however it doesn’t utterly remedy the difficulty.
The OnePlus Nord 10 5G comes with OnePlus’ OxygenOS 10.5, and it’s a bit of irritating to see that it doesn’t include the most recent OxygenOS 11 based mostly on Android 11. That newer software program is broadly out there already, and simply units the Nord N10 5G up for frustration on the subject of longer-term software program help. That stated, the general expertise of utilizing any fashionable OnePlus telephone continues to be good, and the OxygenOS Android customization continues to be easy and straightforward to navigate.
You’ll get a number of additional options too. For instance, the telephone comes with OnePlus’ Zen mode, which lets you prohibit your individual entry to your telephone for a restricted period of time. Different options embrace the App Locker, which helps you to conceal apps behind the fingerprint sensor or a PIN code. Primary theming choices make it easy to customise the look of the telephone, and OnePlus is especially good at holding duplicate apps and bloat to a minimal.
Value, guarantee, and availability
The OnePlus Nord 10 5G is obtainable in Europe and the U.Okay. for 329 British kilos, which immediately interprets to about $430 — although I might guess the U.S. value will find yourself below $400. Finally, the machine will likely be launched within the U.S., nevertheless we don’t have a date for it simply but.
The machine comes with OnePlus’ commonplace 12-month restricted guarantee, which just about simply covers producer defects.
The OnePlus Nord 10 5G is a pleasant telephone. It appears good, regardless of the plastic construct, and performs high-quality, except for a number of cases the place efficiency is a bit of lackluster. However the primary promoting level on the subject of the Nord 10 5G versus the competitors appears to be its 5G help. And if you happen to’ve learn something we’ve been writing over the previous few years, you’ll know that you just shouldn’t actually purchase a telephone as a result of it helps 5G.
Nonetheless, with on-par efficiency for the cash, a stable show, easy software program, and good battery life, if you happen to’re a OnePlus fan that wishes a telephone on this cheaper price vary, it’s an excellent choice.
Is there a greater various?
Should you’re prepared to surrender 5G help (and actually, that’s not an enormous loss), then it’s price getting the Google Pixel 4a as a substitute of the OnePlus Nord 10 5G. The Pixel 4a gives a greater digicam, and a fair extra simplified software program expertise, although it comes at a slightly-higher 350 British kilos.
Should you actually need 5G help, and may afford to spend a bit of extra, the Pixel 4a 5G is the way in which to go, although it’s maybe a full price-bracket increased at 499 British kilos. Should you’re feeling actually adventurous, it’s price contemplating the iPhone SE, which gives higher efficiency than any telephone we’ve talked about and a stable digicam, although the design is a bit of dated.
Should you reside within the U.Okay., or some other place the OnePlus Nord is obtainable, do think about that earlier than the N10. Within the U.Okay. it’s 379 British kilos, and is a significantly extra technically spectacular telephone for under a small quantity additional.
How lengthy will it final?
The OnePlus Nord 10 5G ought to final a stable two years, although anticipate it to essentially decelerate by that point. That stated, the telephone doesn’t have an official water-resistance score, so to get it to 2 years, you’ll have to be cautious with it.
Must you purchase one?
No. It is best to spend a bit of additional think about the Google Pixel 4a as a substitute.