Its been more than five months and we are reviewing it now, we aren’t nuts. What if we tell you that 10.or E is the best budget smartphone? For those haven’t heard about this brand let us give a brief intro. 10.or comes from ‘tenor’, and is mobile brand launched by Chinese company Huaqin Technology, which was founded in 2005. 10.or entered India in September 2017, with the launch of the 10.or E smartphone on Amazon India.
There are so many options available under Rs 10,000 like Redmi 4, Note 4, 4A and recently launched 5A. All of these are from Xiaomi and have Snapdragon chips embedded in it. For a moment lets ignore Panasonic that’s doing a fabulous job by adding MediaTek processors. We always keep a safe distance from MediaTek as it is has a poor reputation of releasing sourced codes. No source codes means no update and your phone will be prone to vulnerabilities.
Today lets find out if 10.or E has that juice to stand out in budget segment smartphone market.
10.or E design
We ordered the gold variant from Amazon.in. There’s nothing great here and 10.or E is designed similar to those regular 5.5 inch smartphones. For a moment, anyone can mistake the back cover to be of metal, but it is made of polycarbonate. There’s a 13MP rear camera with LED flash. Below it is the fingerprint sensor followed by essential details of phone.
The device has a smooth finish and it slips easily. So do order a back cover with it. On the top there is a 3.5 mm audio jack. The bottom portion has speaker grills, micro USB slot and voice cancellation mic. Coming to the front portion, it has a large 5.5 inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. There’s also a 5MP front camera, earpiece, LED flash and an LED notification.
To give a premium look, 10.or has added 2.5D curved glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. On the left side we have SIM and microSD slots whereas on the right, there are power and volume rocker keys. Fortunately, the back cover is non removable and there are no physical navigation keys either.
10.or E display
Considering the price, 10.or E’s display is as crisp as a wafer. The 1920×1080 resolution never disappointed us even under bright sunlight. Colour reproduction is accurate and sharp too. The display has wide viewing angles, this means if you tilt the smartphone by few degrees then there won’t be any noticeable display wash out.
10.or E Camera
The most awaited section of any review. There’s a 13MP rear camera with CMOS sensor, PDAF, and a flash. There are various modes like HDR, Beauty, Night, Snow etc. We couldn’t spot any major improvements by using different modes except for HDR. At times the camera struggled to focus as well. The camera performs excellently well under bright light. Images captured are crisp and color reproduction is also good.
Budget smartphones get dented in low light photography and 10.or E is no exception as images get saturated even with LED flash. The only time it performed well was when objects were kept close to the device.
The HDR and macro mode rocks on rear camera. Major differences can clearly be spotted from the samples attached below.
Coming to the 5MP front camera there is a LED flash that helps you click selfies in low light. During our test, the results were quite satisfactory. The flash does a decent job that is sufficient to light up your face. In broad daylight we were impressed to see a device that can click such crisp pictures. Both the cameras have beauty mode and some filters like Sepia, Mono, negative.
10.or E Battery, Processor, and Memory
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 coupled with 3GB RAM the phone is capable of handling all day to day tasks like calls, some heavy games like Asphalt 8, multitasking and browsing internet. Playing graphics heavy games like Asphalt-8 makes the phone warm within few minutes, and slows it down as well.
It is powered by 4,000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery. In our video loop test , it gave us around 12 hours of screen on-time which is impressive. The phone scored 55,878 in AnTuTu benchmark and 8,682 in GPU tests. It takes at least 2 hours 30 minutes to fully charge the device. We had ordered the 32GB variant for the review and got around 29.12GB free space. It also supports MicroSD card upto 128GB.
10.or E software
As we were setting up the device, a notification popped up prompting to update the device to latest security patch level (January 2018). The device runs on Android Nougat 7.1.2 and offers stock android experience which helpl in boosting phone battery. There are minimum bloatware like Amazon, Kindle and Amazon prime which might be useful to some. And yeah, Oreo update will be released soon.
10.or E Connectivity and Sensors
The phone supports Dual SIM and has dedicated microSD card. It also has support for VoLTE. However only one slot can be used for 4G while the other slot will be restricted to 2G. Sensors include ambient light sensors, accelerometer and proximity sensor. In terms of connectivity, you get GPS, A-GPS, USB OTG, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and 3.5 mm audio jack.
A great device that satisfies all the needs. The device performs even better once you update it. Though camera struggles sometimes, we feel its better than Redmi 4. Also, you can’t complain as you are paying only Rs 7k (price slashed by Rs 2k recently). The 3GB RAM and Snapdragon 430 is perfect for day to day usage. For gamers, you get FHD resolution and massive 4,000 mAh battery.
Also 10.or has promised regular updates and assured Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade as well. Those who are searching for an alternative to Redmi and hate MIUI, this is the best device.