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OnePlus Nord vs Nord N10: Is The N10 Good Enough?

author Luis Silva (February 2021 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

The Nord will cost you more, but considering its features, it is by far the one you should pick.

It has a better display, better cameras, and a glass back. But the Nord N10 brings external storage.

What else do they have to offer?

With the Nord, you'll also get an AMOLED, higher refresh rate, Always-On display, better outdoor brightness, optical image stabilization, and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB). But the Nord N10 also brings a headphone jack.

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it'll cost you around $111 more.

Is it worth getting the Nord in 2021?

The Nord isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. Sure there are other devices like the 8, but we should acknowledge this device, as it has good cameras, good battery life, tons of storage, and fast charging.

Is it worth buying the Nord N10 in 2021?

Just because the Nord N10 was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. That's mainly because of its good performance, good battery life, tons of storage, and fast charging. It doesn't mean you can't take a quick peek at the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, though.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they rival their competition, and you'll know what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Introduction

In November of 2020, OnePlus launched its Nord N10. The Nord, however, saw the light of day in August 2020.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Nord and the Nord N10. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Nord Nord N10
Release Date 2020, August 2020, November 0y.
OS Updates 1 year 1 year 0y.
Security Updates 2 years 2 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Nord was, on average, 8% quicker while finishing its tests. Overall, you wouldn't feel that much of a difference between them.

It's safe to say that both of them can be tagged as upper mid-range.

Performance*
vs.
Features Nord Nord N10
SoC Snapdragon 765 Snapdragon 690
Graphics Adreno 620 Adreno 619L
Geekbench 5 Score 1953
1811
-142
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 Android 10 and OxygenOS 10
Tek-Score
5.3
5.0
-0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

OnePlus Nord front transparent png OnePlus Nord N10 front transparent png

The Nord is the winner here, and that's as clear as glass.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they only do around 634 nits, but there's a 194 nits gap below that for the Nord N10.

If a device can't go over 500 nits, it isn't that good for HDR nor outdoor visibility. Now about the HDR feature:

About the Nord, just know that 80% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 93% have an AMOLED screen. On the other hand, only 23% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Regarding the Nord N10, please be aware that 85% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. Then again, only 15% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Nord Nord N10
Size 6.4
6.4
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED LCD
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1080x2400
0
Refresh Rate 90hz 60hz -30
Dots per Inch 411.22
411.22
0.00
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 756 nits
440 nits
-316
HDR HDR10+ -
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
1.9
-6.8
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Tek-Score
6.7
1.9
-4.8

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

OnePlus Nord back transparent png OnePlus Nord N10 back transparent png

The OnePlus Nord should have an overall better camera.

About the Nord: DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 117 points. By including its digital zoom abilities, that will go up to 126. For a thorough review, click here.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

About the Nord N10: DXOMARK's experts should just step up and review this camera. Knowing them, it'll get about 81* points. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 92** points.

Lastly, just so you know, 85% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Additionally, only 19% of them come with a telephoto lens.

If you prefer, we can grade the Nord more as a lower high-end and the Nord N10 more as mid-range.

If you're a snapper addict, you'll miss a telephoto lens, so it might be time to consider smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Too bad they don't get a chance to test most of the cameras out there. That's why when I come across one of them, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated score. As of now, you can expect a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They just revised their formula, and they don't have enough reviews, so I can refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Nord Nord N10
Megapixels 48
64
16
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
22mm
-4
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 1 -1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes No
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 126
92
-34

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Nord Nord N10 vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 2.3
2.3
0.0
Lens - 12mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 5 2 -3
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Megapixels 2 2 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Lens Type Macro Macro
Score 9 11 2
Selfie Camera Nord Nord N10 vs.
Megapixels 32
16
-16
Aperture 2.5
2.1
-0.4
Lens - -
Nord Nord N10 vs.
Tek-Score
7.4
5.4
-2.0

Who has the best frame?

I'd go for the Nord for its glass build and better looks. But I don't see any meaningful winner here.

The Nord N10 is a little bit heavier: About 6 g. (0.24 oz). If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" score of the Nord is 5.4, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. The Nord N10, in its turn, has 4.7, so nothing to state here.

Want your next phone to also be water-resistant? Then check out the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

Looks*
vs.
Body Nord Nord N10
Size 158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
163 x 74 x 9 mm
(5.75 x 2.61 x 0.32 in)
16286
Weight 184 g. (6.49 oz)
190 g. (6.70 oz)
6
Build Front and back glass Front glass
Colors Blue Marble and Gray Onyx Midnight Ice
Screen To Body Ratio 85.74%
81.99%
-3.75
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.4 4.7 -0.7
Looks 8.8/10
4.6/10
-4.2
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.5
1.5
-1.1

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The Nord does have a battery capacity of 4115 mAh versus the 4300 mAh of the Nord N10. But as claimed by GSMArena, there's no real difference between them.

For your information, the Nord N10 can also easily defeat most devices. Actually, it may even be on our best-of listing.

And if you'd like to try out reverse wireless charging, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has it.

Fast charging on the Nord N10 does stand out. Other devices from this price range usually sit at nearly 22w.

Battery*
vs.
Features Nord Nord N10
Capacity (mAh) 4115 4300 185
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
84% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 68% left
70% left
2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
70% left
-2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 5.0 4.2 -0.8
Sub Tek-Score
7.4
7.5
0.0
Fast Charging 30w
30w
0
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.5
6.5
0.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

They share the same amount of storage.

Storage*
vs.
Features Nord Nord N10
RAM (GB) 8GB
6GB
-2
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD No microSDXC
Tek-Score
6.0
7.5
1.5

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the Nord N10 if you really value a headphone jack.

They both run on (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Nord Nord N10
Network 5G 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No Yes
Tek-Score
5.1
10.0
4.9

Which is more affordable?

Here's what we've found out:

OnePlus Nord

Reference: $410

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus Nord N10

Reference: $299

OnePlus Nord N10

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money Nord Nord N10 VS
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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're at 6.3 (for the Nord) and 5.7 (for the Nord N10).

Verdict: What Makes the OnePlus Nord Stand Out?

Clearly, the N10 is more of a mid-range device. Not that its sibling has much better performance, but in other departments, it does look much more premium.

If you don't value performance that much and want a flagship-like device, the Nord is the obvious choice. It will give you better outdoor brightness

on an AMOLED display with higher refresh rates. It will also offer you OIS, better cameras, a full glass body, and 2 extra Gigabytes of RAM.

But the Nord N10 is more affordable, and it also gives you external storage and a headphone jack.

Pros Nord Nord N10
#1 AMOLED Battery Life
#2 Always-On-Display Fast Charging
#3 Cameras MicroSD Slot
#4 Battery Life 3.5mm Jack
#5 Fast Charging
Cons Nord Nord N10
#1 Wireless Charging AMOLED
#2 MicroSD Slot Always-On-Display
#3 Weight Wireless Charging
#4 3.5mm Jack Weight
#5 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Nord Nord N10
Gaming Score
6.7
4.2
-2.5
Tek-Score
6.06
5.32
-0.74
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 OnePlus Nord 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $370
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $419
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $329
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $386
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $436
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $380
  • OnePlusrival8
    $480
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $400
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $425
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $463
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $359
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $445
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385

 OnePlus Nord N10 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $255
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $305
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $329
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $299
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $255
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A32
    $252
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $299
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 Pro
    $243
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t
    $270
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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