Oppo has returned to the Indian market with yet another budget mid-range smartphone. Oppo K10 is the latest smartphone from the Chinese company. With a starting price of Rs 14,990 and a maximum price of Rs 16,990, the smartphone competes with brands in the same price range such as Redmi, Vivo, Realme, and others. So we got to spend a few weeks with this device, and in this Oppo K10 review, we’ll share our impressions of it to tell you if it’s worth the money or not.
Oppo K10 Review: Design and display
The Oppo K10 features a new design. The construction and form factor appears to be of high quality. According to Oppo, the phone has a glowing design. The back panel has a matte finish with a glow on it, as you can see. Despite this, the device is impervious to fingerprints and smudges, which is excellent.
A third of the handset’s back has been removed to make room for the camera. The section has been separated with a glossy finish, and the K-10 branding is done on the right end corner of the phone, despite the fact that the module is not very large.
If we talk more of the design, the phone is appealing, and the build quality appears to be satisfactory. The three cameras have been neatly organised in a rectangular module with contrasting branding. A dust and water resistance rating of IP54 is also included. The phone is lightweight and easy to hold. Although the phone is made of plastic, it feels solid and has a good overall finish.
A fingerprint sensor is integrated into the home button, which is located on the right side of the frame, while the volume rocker is located on the opposite side. The Oppo K10 has a bottom-firing speaker and a headphone jack. The earpiece serves as a secondary speaker in this case. In addition, the USB charging port is located at the bottom of the device. When you turn the phone over, you’ll notice a large screen with slim bezels on the sides and a large chin. The screen has a punch-hole design, with the selfie camera located in the top left corner.
Oppo K10 features a 6.59-inch full-HD+ display with 1,080×2,412 pixels of resolution. 90Hz refresh rate is supported by the screen. You can auto-select the refresh rate of the screen depending upon the application or content playing on the phone from the settings. With a refresh rate of 90Hz, the display quality is excellent, with bright colours and good touch sensitivity. When used outside on a bright sunny day, the brightness is acceptable, but the ambient light sensor is slow.
Oppo K10 Review: Performance and Cameras
Let’s move on to the next topic, which is the performance. The Oppo K10 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage is there that can be expanded using a dedicated microSD card. The handset also allows for dynamic RAM expansion of up to 5GB using unused storage.
In terms of day-to-day use, the mobile performs admirably well. There are no lags or issues, and the phone’s performance on a day-to-day basis appears to be satisfactory. The smartphone is not designed for heavy use, such as gaming, because it is an entry-level phone.
Despite the fact that the Qualcomm 680 is not a particularly powerful chipset, you can play some basic games with it. It is, however, a fairly enjoyable experience. The fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone performs excellently. too. You also get a face to unlock, which is fine, but we liked the fingerprint sensor better.
The phone has dual speakers, and the sound quality is definitely loud and good. This is one of the features that adds some good value if you’re listening to music. watching movies or YouTube Videos.
When it comes to software, this device runs ColorOS 11.1 on top of Android 11. One of the disappointing aspects is that we expected the company to launch the phone with ColorOS version 12 instead of Android 12, which is the most recent software that most smartphone manufacturers have begun shipping with their latest devices.
However, the overall experience is positive because there are numerous options available. You get a lot of extra features like gestures, motion screenshots, screen recording, and split-screen, so there are a lot of options to choose from. There are also personalisation options where you can change the icon style, app layout, accent colour, fonts, and more. As a result, the overall user interface experience is not at all disappointing.
Now we’ll look at the camera. The Oppo K10 has a 50-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel bokeh camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. A 16-megapixel front-facing camera is also included with the Oppo K10. In daylight and well-lit conditions, we found the camera to be quite capable. There are a lot of details, and the colours are also fine. There are no issues with saturation, but it still provides a good experience.
However, one thing that is missing is an ultra-wide-angle lens, which is becoming increasingly popular these days. You also get a macro sensor, and the image quality is average, not exceptional in terms of details and sharpness.
Presently, portraits look fantastic on the Oppo K10, and we had a great time with it. Right now the low-light experience is average, we hope the next software updates will improve it. The selfie experience was enjoyable, with vibrant colours. Additionally, the video recording was mediocre due to the lack of stabilisation.
Last but not least, the Oppo K10 is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging and charges in over an hour. The battery life on this device is excellent; you can easily get more than a day out of the battery and we found it to be a boon in this price range. As a result, one of the positive aspects is that you won’t have to worry about battery life at all.
So that was our Oppo K10 experience. The advantages include a good design and high build quality. The glow design is appealing, and it is a welcome change from the traditional design. It has a good display with a refresh rate of 90hz and HD+ resolution. Then there’s the IP54 rating, which comes with dual stereo speakers and good battery life. Overall, it’s a decent experience in terms of software and overall performance.
The device’s disadvantage right now is that it runs an outdated version of Android 11. The ultra-wide camera is missing, and the camera’s low-light performance, as well as video recording, must be improved. So those are the advantages that outweigh the disadvantages of the Oppo K10. So, for Rs 14,999, it provides decent value for money, which is quite good. In terms of the overall experience, it’s a good choice. If you’re looking for a device under 15K, the Oppo K10 is a great option.
Oppo K10 Pros
- Refreshing glow design
- 90hz display
- IP rating
Oppo K10 Cons
- Outdated software
- Lacks ultra-wide camera
- Poor Macro shots
- No video stabilisation
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