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7.6/10
Informr score
The OnePlus Nord N10 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 20 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • 90Hz display
  • Headphone jack
  • Affordable 5G access
  • Good performance

What's bad

  • Unimpressive cameras
  • Dim display

The N10 is surprisingly affordable for a 5G phone and sits at the top of OnePlus’ Nord line-up. Still, affordable and good value don’t always mean the same thing. Sure, you can probably afford the N10, but should you buy one?

Design

The N10 is an example of how premium plastic can look and feel. In fact, many reviewers thought the phone’s rear Midnight Ice cover was glass. It’s on the larger side, being more significant than the OnePlus 8 and closer in size to the 8 Pro. The biggest complaints we could find were about fingerprints, dirt, and grime -- hardly a rarity today.

Display

A 6.49-inch, full HD display coated in Gorilla Glass 3 graces the front of the phone. Better still, it’s a 90Hz panel, making movement silky smooth. However, if you’re looking to use the phone outdoors, you might want to think twice. Many reviewers felt the screen was rather dim.

Performance

OnePlus Nord 10’s somewhat-outdated chipset holds it back a bit compared to similarly priced phones. Still, as long as you temper expectations and don’t expect top tier performance, reviewers found the phone perfectly usable. It kept up with multitasking just fine and while there were frame drops on some of the more demanding games, it held up pretty well for most tests.

Software & Storage

The N10 ships with Android 10 with OnePlus’ popular Oxygen overlay. It comes with 128GB of storage onboard with the ability to expand that by up to 512GB with a microSD card.

Cameras

The OnePlus Nord N10’s cameras aren’t bad... but they are also nothing amazing. Reviewers noted a little over-sharpening and some blurred edges when using the ultra-wide lens. However, the phone includes a monochrome lens for black and white pictures rather than relying on a filter. Reviewers found it an interesting addition you won’t find on most phones and think photography fans will love playing it.

Battery Life

Reviews said that the battery easily made it from 7 a.m. to midnight on a charge even with heavy social media use. The OnePlus Nord N10 does not support wireless charging but its Warp Charge feature eases the blow a bit offering up to 50% of a charge in only 30 minutes.

Audio

Headphone jacks get rarer by the year, so you’ll be happy to hear the OnePlus Nord N10 has one. As a bonus, it also features stereo speakers -- though the bottom woofer can get muffled if you crank the volume.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.49-inch Gorilla Glass 3 display
  • Qualcomm SM6350 Snapdragon 690 5G processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 128GB of storage with expansion option to 512GB
  • 64MP + camera
  • 4300 mAh battery

Bottom Line

While this phone will not win any awards based on innovation or benchmarks, reviews indicate it’s an exceptional phone for the price. In that way, it succeeds in surprising. Fast 5G, stereo speakers, expandable storage, and so many camera options are rarely this affordable -- and done well.

Tech Radar says, “The OnePlus N10 5G is a solid mid-range phone without much edge on the competition aside from a 90Hz refresh rate display, some high-megapixel cameras, and fast 30W charging.”

Pocket-Lint states, “Something of a curveball launch from OnePlus. In the markets where it’s the only Nord-branded phone, it’s a well-priced, affordable Android phone with few negatives. But in pretty much every department, the first Nord is better and doesn't cost a lot more.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
6.49"
Camera
64+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


ZDNet

Without OnePlus's distinctive alert slider, the Nord N10 5G is in danger of being 'just another phone for around £300', although the Reading Mode that's part of the OxygenOS overlay is present, and battery life is good. Still, it's probably worth shopping around to see what £329 will get you if that...

- Sandra Vogel, ZDNet
uSwitch

The OnePlus Nord N10 5G is a solid device considering its £329 price tag. It boasts excellent battery life, a great main camera, expandable storage, and support for super-fast 5G networks. However, it’s clear that OnePlus has cut a number of corners in order to keep the price so low. The handset fee...

- Carly Page, uSwitch
Expert Reviews

The original OnePlus Nord forged a brave path through tough mid-range competition, and it’s still battling on. This makes the Nord N10 5G’s job a doubly tough one, because it’s only £50 cheaper, but has suffered a few minor cuts that start to stack up against it. The Nord N10 has a weaker processor...

- Andy Shaw, Expert Reviews
Pocket-lint

Something of a curveball launch from OnePlus. In the markets where it’s the only Nord-branded phone, it’s a well-priced, affordable Android phone with few negatives. But in pretty much every department, the first Nord is better and doesn't cost a lot more.

- Cam Bunton, Pocket-lint
GSMArena

This phone is missing the special sauce that makes OnePlus stand out. Perhaps if it had a standout feature (besides 5G), it would have been more in line with the OnePlus philosophy to "Never Settle." If it wasn't for the logo and OnePlus branding, the N10 5G would be just another slab in a crowd of...

- GSMArena


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Screen Size
6.49"

The OnePlus Nord N10's screen size is 6.49 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM6350 Snapdragon 690 5G (8 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
64+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 64+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4300 mAh battery.

Nord N10 Specs

Overview
Release date November 30, 2020
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
5G:
700/1700/1800/2100 /2500/2600/3500 MHz
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1800/1900/2100/2300/2600 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM6350 Snapdragon 690 5G (8 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors midnight Ice
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.3 x 7.47 x 0.895 cm (6.4 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 190 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 405 pixels
Size 6.49 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 90Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.79
Resolution
64+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.25, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Depth), 4th camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Monochrome), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.05
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AIFF, AMR, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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