The OnePlus Nord N10 5G fluidity versatility autonomy, but the price makes you have mixed feelings: Mid-range mobiles are the best sellers. OnePlus knows this and, after its triumph at the sales level with the OnePlus Nord, has decided to expand its catalog with a couple of additional devices: the Nord N10 5G and N100. I have been able to try the first of them for several days and, although it has many pros, there is one counter that is difficult to overcome: its biggest rival has it at home.
First of all, it is a very complete smartphone in terms of connections —it integrates 3,5 mm jack and even its storage is expandable through microSD—, and its autonomy will allow you to forget to charge it every night, but its price is very close to the OnePlus Nord.
In addition, as it could not be otherwise, the N10 is compatible with 5G technology, so you will also be prepared for the future and without giving up fluidity.
The back of the OnePlus Nord N10 5G has a very different finish to the rest of the company's devices. It is the first smartphone that opts for a mirror finish whose color changes depending on the incidence of light.
The camera module is composed of 4 photographic sensors, whose location is again located in the upper left, as happened with the OnePlus 8T.
This change of location is due to better coverage (in fact, interestingly all 5G smartphones of the firm have opted for this rear layout).
The biggest disadvantage of this novel finish is that it is a real magnet for fingerprints, although this problem could be solved with a case.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G fluidity versatility autonomy
The fingerprint sensor is also located at the rear, this works properly and is quite fast, although I was surprised that it is not included in the display.
On the right corner, the power button is located. Lost one of the hallmarks of the signature as it is the 'Alert Slider', which is a specific button that, to date, was in all models of the company — and that I have missed— as it is very useful to switch between the different modes (silent, vibration, or sound).
On the left side are the volume up and down buttons.
If you look at the top, you will find the microphone to collect audio during video recordings and the speaker for phone calls, which in this case will also act as a speaker for multimedia content.
At the bottom, there is the USB Type-C port, 3.5 mm jack-great news-and the multimedia speaker.
It's a really complete mobile as far as connections are concerned, but the build quality I didn't like. It is very 'plasticous' at hand and leaves quite a bit to be desired, considering the little difference in price that exists with its older brother, the OnePlus Nord.
- Display at 90 Hz but with a scarce chromatic variety.
Talking about OnePlus is meaning of fluidity, no longer only by the software, but also by the 90 Hz screen that all their smartphones have since a while to this part.
In this case you should keep in mind that it is a fairly large panel, specifically 6.49 inches built with IPS technology.
The lower frame is the one that is less used, - although it is no drama— and continues to enjoy a good usability, although you must bear in mind that it makes the front only 6,25 inches usable.
The brightness level is quite high, a common feature in this type of technology, which makes it look perfectly in high light situations.
Although in general the panel is correct, the colors do not illusion, that is, none stands out over the other and it is a feeling that I personally do not like. This effect is not too noticeable when playing multimedia content, but when viewing photographs.
The Touch does maintain that sense of immediacy, which is very useful when playing video games on the mobile, one of the uses that stands out the company of this smartphone.
As it happens in the vast majority of mobiles with high refresh rates it is possible to limit it to 60 Hz, where OxygenOS continues to maintain the essence —and does its magic -, although in this device it would not be necessary to limit it to save battery, since I tell you that its battery is practically tireless.
- A somewhat scarce processor on paper, but surprisingly solvent.
The OnePlus Nord N10 5G incorporates the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690, a mid-range processor compatible with 5G technology that is more solvent than I expected. Accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage expandable via MicroSD up to 512 GB.
This is one of the few phones in the company where it is possible to increase capacity by card, something that can be very useful if you do not like cloud services and that figure is insufficient.
I have tested the chip with demanding games such as, for example, The Asphalt 9 with maximum graphics and has responded well, without lag, or jerks, although some small drop in frames has been noticeable.
The mobiles of Pete Lau's company were already fast before 5G, but it is an extra to keep in mind if you want the mobile to last you much longer.
- OxygenOS 10, an experience with all the performance.
One of the differential elements of this firm is software. For years, OxygenOS has been one of the most fluid and comprehensive personalization layers out there.
Although this time it does not integrate the latest version of Android, both performance and customization is good. I must also say that as with other smartphones, I am sure that Android 11 will reach this N10 5G.
It is true that as the Mobile has not yet been put on sale I have noticed some flaws in the software, but the guys from OnePlus have already told me that it will be fully polished before being released to the market.
Face unlock or dark mode are some of the options that stand out in this OS, although the latter makes somewhat less sense in this device, since we are talking about a smartphone with IPS screen, so it does not turn off the pixels when it reaches pure black colors to save energy.
Face Unlock is effective, but less secure than on other devices because it is done through software. What I've missed has been the ability to swipe the notification bar down using the rear fingerprint sensor.
- The battery will not be a problem, more than a day of Use and in a little more than an hour you will have it charged.
The battery is undoubtedly one of the sections that has surprised me the most about this terminal.
Its 4.300 mAh battery is a good figure on paper, but it has surprised me much more when it comes to using it. Accompanied by a fast charge of 30 W, it makes it possible that in a little more than an hour you can have your mobile charged.
When it comes to making use of the device, the battery is one of the best exponents that integrates, since I have reached an average of 6 and a half hours of use, although on occasion I have been able to exceed 8 hours.
At all times I have had the following enabled: Wifi, bluetooth, GPS, mobile data and auto brightness.
- Good sound does not understand ranges.
It seems that having a good hearing experience is becoming more and more democratized. Until recently it was an almost exclusive feature of the high end, but luckily manufacturers are already starting to include a dual speaker in mid-range devices.
This time the sound is good and you hear loud although, as always, you hear metallic touches and some distortion at a high volume.
It is best to watch movies and series without the need for headphones, despite having a 3.5 mm jack, thanks to the fact that the experience is really immersive.
When it comes to playing this feature is key, especially since it is very simple to plug the lower speaker and the front speaker makes it possible to at least continue to enjoy a satisfactory listening experience.
- A photographic section that surprises, but does not excite.
At the rear, there is the encapsulation formed by 4 rear cameras in the form of ' L ' which has the following configuration:
- Main Sensor: 64 megapixels, it is a very popular lens in the world of mobile photography. By itself, the resolution is limited to 16 megapixels, but it is possible to take photos with greater size and detail using the total of megapixels. This is due to Quad pixel technology, designed to capture as much light as possible in photographs. It also natively brings a 2x digital zoom that is done through the clipping of the main sensor photograph.
- Ultra wide angle Sensor: 8 megapixels, it is very useful for photographing large elements from close up.
- Macro Sensor: 2 megapixels with it you can photograph small details very closely.
- Monochrome Sensor: 2 megapixel is a sensor that will be useful both in low light situations and to make a better portrait mode.
It should be noted that this mobile 'dances' slightly when put on the table, because the camera module protrudes quite a lot. This phenomenon is quite easy to fix by means of a case, but it does not come with it in the box.
Another important quality that you should know about the Nord N10 5G camera is that its camera includes artificial intelligence, so that when focusing on an animal or monument it detects that it is such a thing and automatically adjusts the parameters to get the best photograph.
Although the weather has not been on my side during the days I have been testing the device, the landscape is quite beautiful, so you can know the interpretation of the colors even when the light conditions are not perfect.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G fluidity versatility autonomy
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