10.or (pronounced as Tenor) is a new brand in India and the company launched the first device, the 10.or E in India couple of months back. Later the company announced their second device in the sub 15k INR pricing, the 10.or G. It packs good hardware and the first device in India with Snapdragon 626 chipset and is coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. so how does the device fare in this price segment? Let’s find out in the detailed 10.or G review.
Here is the video review of the device.
Design and Build:
In terms of design, 10.or G does not offer anything new and it looks very similar to the Lenovo K8 Note in terms of design language. The phone comes with a dual camera set up on the rear panel and a dual LED flash alongside it. The fingerprint scanner is placed below it and you also see the 10.or branding at the bottom. The front panel houses the 5.5 inches Full HD display, front 16MP camera and front flash. Below the display, you can see large bezels as the navigational buttons are on screen. The left side houses the SIM and micro SD card slot. The power and volume keys are on the right side. The micro USB charging slot and the speaker unit are located on the bottom while the 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top panel.
The antenna bands are on the rear panel and they blend into the design. The build quality is very good with a sturdy build with metal unibody construction. 10.or could have done a bit more in terms of the looks, but since it is a budget offering, we don’t have much to complain as well.
10.or G comes with 5.5 inch Full HD IPS LCD panel with 1080p resolution. The display also has a 2.5D curved glass along with Corning Gorilla glass protection included. The display is crisp, sharp and offers good colors and also good viewing angles. The sunlight readability is adequate and you won’t have any issues using the device outdoors. The touch response is also good.
The addition of a display protection is something which most of the OEMs skip in this price segment. Overall, the display on the 10.or G is good.
10.or G runs on Android 7.1.2 out of the box with stock UI. There aren’t any third party apps or customizations. Since the UI is stock, you get the default settings in the UI, so there are no options like dual apps or themes in the device. 10.or is also promising upgrade to Android O and also security updates which is indeed a good move.
The notification center and quick toggles are exactly as in stock UI. Since the phone has stock Android, there is no bloatware included other than the few Amazon apps which cannot be uninstalled. The phone also comes with split-screen multitasking and Google assistant.
The 10.or G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset and is the first device with 626 in India and the SD626 is an upgraded variant of the popular SD625. In day to day tasks, the10,.or G was extremely responsive and performed tasks without any issues. Even if you push harder with multiple apps opened in the background it performed pretty well, but the RAM management also was very good on the device.
The gaming performance of the device was also smooth and we tested the performance with heavy graphics-rich games like Asphalt 8 and N.O.V.A 3 and the overall performance was smooth and there was hardly any issues. The phone did get a bit warm with extended gaming, but the maximum temperature was just 44 degrees.
The phone supports dual SIM cards with 4G LTE and VoLTE. There is also a hybrid SD card in case you want to expand the storage. The phone has 32GB and 64GB storage options. The speaker performance was quite good and loud enough. The call quality was also good and we didn’t see any issues.
The fingerprint scanner on the device is located on the rear panel and does a really good job in unlocking the device. It is fast and responsive in unlocking the device.
10.or G packs a dual camera set up, which is quite similar to a lot of other smartphones we have seen off late. It comes with a dual 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash and front facing 16MP camera for selfies. The phone has a decent camera interface with the usual modes and options. But there is no manual mode included in the phone. It can also record videos in Full HD resolution.
Looking at the samples taken with the phone, this is one area where the 10.or G was an average performance. The daylight captures were slightly washed out in colors and sharpness levels are pretty average. The overall clarity of the photos was not as good as what K8 Note, Mi A1 or Honor 6X offered. The low light performance was also not that great with noise in the low light images. The dual camera with bokeh mode was again inconsistent and was not a great overall performer. The 16MP selfie camera did a better job than the rear camera and the photos looked much better in the color quality. Here are some of the samples taken with the phone.
10.or G packs a massive 4000mAh battery similar to Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K8 Note. As the device is powered by one of the most efficient chipsets, the performance is really good. You can easily get more than 1.5 days of battery life on an average even if you are a heavy user. If you are a person looking for great battery life, then 10.or G should be on your list.
10.or G is a good offering in the sub 15k INR price segment with stock Android, promised updates, good performance and great battery life offered at a good price. But the camera on the 10.or G was probably the disappointing aspect. The 10.or G is definitely a good device to considering if you are not worried too much about the camera performance. The device is available exclusively on Amazon and you can buy it from here.