Packaging and accessories
The contents of the box that comes with OnePlus N10 5G are not particularly impressive. In addition to the 30 W wall charger and a red USB cable, there is a pile of waste paper and a pin to open the tray for SIM/microSD cards. Even the simplest headphones or a cover were missing.
Construction and screen
In terms of construction, OnePlus Nord N10 5G is a combination of modern design elements and what we know from older OnePlus smartphones. The N10 5G model differs from the last smartphones of the manufacturer (such as OnePlus 8 or Nord) by the location of the fingerprint reader - in those devices it was built under the screen, here it was placed on the back of the device. This is due to a different type of a screen - the reviewed model is one of the cheaper devices, so it is equipped with an LCD panel, while the higher shelf gets AMOLEDs. The photo module has the shape of a rounded rectangle and resembles a domino block, and the backs are made of high-gloss plastic, which is to imitate glass. And it translates into a lower weight of the device. Unfortunately, the smartphone is not dust- or waterproof - or at least it can’t boast with any official standard in terms of durability. The device, despite its large size, is handy, and its use with one hand can only be made difficult by the fact that the smartphone can easily slip out of the hand.
It has a Full HD+ LCD screen with a diagonal of 6.49 inches and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The resolution is Full HD+, which is 2400x1080 pixels - that's a decent 406 pixels per inch. It's a shame it's an IPS display and not an AMOLED display, nevertheless it provides satisfactory brightness levels (the minimum is great, the maximum is just good), decent contrast and colours. In the settings, you can change the white balance and set the screen refreshed - 60 or 90 Hz, unfortunately without the mode that automatically adjusts the value.
In the upper left corner of the screen there is a hole for the selfies camera. The display is surrounded by moderate bezels, with a noticeably thicker bottom bezel. In the upper part of the device there is a speaker slot for calls, which works with an external speaker while playing music or movies. The front is covered with Gorilla Glass 3, but you won't find a protective film. Generally, from the front, OnePlus Nord N10 5G looks like any other smartphone - only from the back it reveals which brand it belongs to.
The back of the device are made of plastic - it shines and gives strong reflections. Certainly this finish cannot be called subtle, but it will certainly find supporters. It is supposed to imitate glass and you can actually think so from a distance - but when you take it in your hand, you feel that you are dealing with plastic. In the upper left corner there is a photo module - a rounded rectangle, clearly protruding above the casing, with rather sharp edges. There is a logo and manufacturer's name on the rear panel, but there is also a biometric security - a small, round fingerprint scanner - fast and efficient in operation. At the same time, you can use the second biometric security feature, i.e. the face recognition function.
The buttons on the edges are small and shallow, which sometimes makes them difficult to feel and press - fortunately, the manufacturer has placed them at a good height. And so on the right side there is a screen switch/lock, and on the left edge there are volume control buttons in the form of a single bar. You have probably noticed the lack of a characteristic for OnePlus element - a slider that mutes the phone activates the vibration mode. It's a pity, it was something that distinguished OnePlus smartphones. There is also a tray for SIM/microSD cards on the left side. Only the auxiliary microphone opening is visible at the top. On the lower edge, the manufacturer stuffed the most. There is a universal headphone jack, a microphone opening, an external speaker and a USB-C port.