OnePlus Nord N10 5G review: Retro surprises and an affordable price

    With the Nord N10 5G and N100, OnePlus expanded its extra inexpensive Nord household of telephones after launching its first OnePlus Nord in 2020. Available in Europe and North America, the N10 5G presently prices $300. This is cheaper than the UK-only OnePlus Nord (which you’ll be able to presently discover on Amazon for $428) together with the corporate’s 2020 flagship OnePlus 8 ($449) and 2021’s flagship OnePlus 9 ($729). Read extra: Here’s our evaluate of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 9 telephones. The Nord N10 5G does minimize just a few corners. For occasion, it has an LCD show as an alternative of OLED, lacks an in-screen fingerprint sensor, is powered by a slower processor than any 2020 OnePlus telephone, is not IP rated for water resistance and it runs the older Android 10 OS. But it nonetheless has some premium options akin to 5G, a 90Hz show and a sturdy 4,300-mAh battery, in addition to just a few retro surprises that different OnePlus telephones haven’t got, like expandable reminiscence and a headphone jack.

    Like90Hz showHeadphone jack5G-enabledAffordable value

    Don’t LikeMacro and low-light pictures is unimpressive

    OnePlus’s pricing makes the Nord N10 5G one of many extra inexpensive 5G telephones, particularly now. For comparability, Samsung’s Galaxy A32 5G launched earlier in 2021 with a $280 price ticket, and the Motorola One 5G is presently $350. Though I do assume the Pixel 4A 5G and One 5G are price the additional bit of cash — the $500 Pixel, for example, will get the most recent software program help from Google, has a superb digital camera and a long-lasting battery life) — the N10 5G is a best choice should you’re a fan of OnePlus and wish 5G at an inexpensive value.
    OnePlus’ Nord N10 5G telephone touts ‘retro’ design touches
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    N10 5G’s acquainted design touches The N10 5G has a darkish blue, shiny design that appears polished and slick. From afar it does not seem like a “budget” telephone. But once I first picked it up, I might inform it wasn’t as high-end. It’s heavier and thicker, and its bezels, particularly the underside chin bezel, is wider than all the telephones OnePlus launched final 12 months. It additionally does not have the handy toggle change for silence/vibrate that OnePlus telephones are identified for. Nonetheless, it is nonetheless a comparatively enticing gadget, and its rounded edges on the facet are snug to carry. The N10 5G additionally has an LCD show, whereas OnePlus telephones normally have AMOLED screens. When seen side-by-side with the Nord, the AMOLED display is a bit brighter and vibrant, with extra distinction. I additionally seen that when viewing the N10 5G from varied angles, the colour shifting was extra noticeable. But these particulars are solely discernible subsequent to a different telephone. By itself, there is no such thing as a actual subject with the N10 5G’s display, and watching movies and images appeared sharp and clear. Its 90Hz refresh fee makes scrolling via feeds and apps really feel zippy and clean. Lastly, in contrast to a lot of OnePlus’ new telephones, the N10 5G has two issues which are acquainted however have been lacking from many premium units: a headphone jack and a visual fingerprint sensor on the again of the telephone that works shortly. The N10 5G has a fingerprint reader on the again.
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    N10 5G’s has 4 rear cameras, however solely wants two Similar to many OnePlus telephones, the N10 5G has 4 rear cameras, and just like these telephones, it actually solely wants two. The customary and ultra-wide cameras are nice and are those I used essentially the most, however the monochrome digital camera is simply helpful once you need to take black and white images, which I hardly do. And the 2-megapixel macro digital camera for closeup photographs takes images that seem like, properly, they had been taken with a 2-megapixel digital camera. While it did permit me to focus in on an object and get tremendous near it, footage finally appeared washed out and muddy. But once more, the usual and ultrawide cameras are fairly glorious. Photos had been sharp with wealthy distinction, and the digital camera’s HDR impact is vibrant. The customary digital camera defaults to 16-megapixel, however you may shoot on the full 64-megapixel decision. The digital camera’s 10x digital zoom can also be first rate, and was in a position to seize particulars of faraway objects regardless of being a tad blurrier.  The N10 5G’s low-light mode, Nightscape, wasn’t very spectacular. While taking a photograph of a black bookshelf in close to darkness, I used to be in a position to see just a few extra particulars and e-book titles, however the image remained comparatively darkish. When I in contrast the identical scene on the OnePlus Nord, the One Plus 8T and the Pixel 5’s Night Mode, all three telephones brightened up the scene much more.  This picture taken with the usual digital camera is brilliant and clear.
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    This home was captured with the usual digital camera with no zoom.
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    Zooming 10x on the identical home’s window.
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    This lake was taken with the N10 5G’s 8-megapixel ultra-wide digital camera.
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    This closeup shot was taken with the telephone’s macro digital camera.
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    The N10 5G’s Nightscape mode brightened up this nonetheless lifetime of a bookshelf a bit.
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    But in comparison with the Pixel 5’s digital camera (which is similar because the Pixel 4A 5G), Google’s Night Sight brightened up the shelf higher.
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    N10 5G’s battery and efficiency The telephone is provided with a Snapdragon 690 processor. Though on paper that is not as quick or as highly effective because the OnePlus Nord, Motorola One 5G and the Pixel 4A 5G’s Snapdragon 765 chipset, the N10 5G tracked carefully with the telephones when it got here to benchmarks. I additionally did not discover any velocity points or laggy habits throughout my time with the telephone.  3DMark Slingshot Unlimited

    Longer bars point out higher efficiency

    Geekbench v.5.0 single-core

    Longer bars point out higher efficiency

    Geekbench v.5.0 multicore

    Longer bars point out higher efficiency

    The N10 5G has a beefy 4,300-mAh battery, which is similar capability because the costlier OnePlus 8. (The OnePlus 9 has a barely beefier 4,500-mAh battery.) Anecdotally, the telephone can simply final a day or two and not using a cost with gentle utilization. At the tip of 1 explicit evening, the battery was solely at 70% after I took the telephone out through the day to take a bunch of images and browse the web. Battery checks for steady video playback on Airplane mode averaged 16 hours and 27 minutes. For comparability, the OnePlus 8 lasted almost 19 hours. N10 5G’s software program and interface When OnePlus launched its 8T final October, it additionally up to date the corporate’s OxygenOS interface, refreshing menus and notifications in order that they appeared extra streamlined, trendy and clear. I used to be a fan of it, so it was disappointing to not see it on the N10 5G. This is probably going as a result of the telephone runs the earlier model of Android, Android 10, however even when the N10 5G does not run Android 11 out of the field, it is nonetheless doable for OnePlus to tweak some components of the N10 5G’s interface with the newest OxygenOS look. But the N10 5G is anticipated to obtain one OS replace (from Android 10 to Android 11) and a complete of two years of safety updates in keeping with OnePlus. The N10 5G does nonetheless have helpful software program options, together with a local display recorder, Dark Mode and ZenMode, which is OnePlus’ digital wellbeing app that limits telephone performance once you need to focus. OnePlus Nord N10 5G spec comparability

    OnePlus Nord N10 5G

    OnePlus Nord

    OnePlus 8

    Google Pixel 4A 5G

    Motorola One 5G

    Display dimension, decision

    6.49-inch LCD; 2,400×1,080 pixels

    6.44-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080-pixels

    6.55-inch AMOLED; 1,080×2,400 pixels

    6.2-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340 x 1,080 pixels

    6.7-inch LCD; 2,520×1,080 pixels

    Pixel density






    Dimensions (Inches)

    6.4 x 2.94 x 0.35 in

    6.23 x 2.88 x 0.32 in

    6.3 x 2.8 x 0.31 in

    6.1 x 2.9 x 0.3 in

    6.61 x 2.91 x 0.35 in

    Dimensions (Millimeters)

    163 x 74.7 x 8.95 mm

    158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2mm

    160 x 72.9 x 8.0 mm

    153.9 x 74 x 8.2 mm (Sub-6 solely) 153.9 x 74 x 8.5 mm (mmWave + Sub-6)

    168 x 74 x 9 mm

    Weight (Ounces, Grams)

    6.7 oz; 190g

    6.49 oz; 184g

    6.35 oz; 180g

    5.93 oz; 168g (Sub-6 solely) 6.03 oz; 171g (mmWave + Sub-6)

    7.41 oz; 210g

    Mobile software program

    Android 10

    Android 10

    Android 10

    Android 11

    Android 10


    64-megapixel (customary), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro), 2-megapixel (monochrome)

    48-megapixel (customary), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 2-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth-sensing)

    48-megapixel (customary), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro)

    12.2-megapixel (customary), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide)

    48-megapixel (foremost), 5-megapixel (macro), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (depth digital camera)

    Front-facing digital camera


    32-megapixel (customary), 8-megapixel (wide-angle)



    16-megapixel (foremost), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide)

    Video seize







    Qualcomm Snapdragon 690

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 765



    128GB, 256GB

    128GB, 256GB





    8GB, 12GB

    8GB, 12GB



    Expandable storage

    Up to 512GB




    Up to 1TB







    Fingerprint sensor












    Headphone jack






    Special options

    5G enabled, 90Hz show, Warp Charge

    5G enabled, 90Hz refresh fee, Warp Charge

    5G enabled; Warp Charge; 90Hz refresh fee

    5G enabled; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); quick charging

    5G enabled; 90Hz show; TurboPower charging; Macro digital camera ring flash; HDR 10

    Price off-contract (USD)

    Converted from UK: $430

    Converted from UK: $495 (8GB RAM/128GB), $612 (12GB RAM/256GB)

    $599 (8GB RAM/128GB), $699 (12GB RAM/256GB)



    Price (GBP)


    £379 (8GB RAM/128GB), £469 (12GB RAM/256GB)

    £549 (8GB RAM/128GB), £599 (12GB RAM/256GB)


    Converted from US: £342

    Price (AUD)

    Converted from UK: AU$600

    Converted from UK: AU$690 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$855 (12GB RAM/256GB)

    Converted from UK: AU$1,000 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,092 (12GB RAM/256GB)


    Converted from US: AU$620

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