OnePlus Nord N10 and Nord N100 were launched late in October after the OnePlus 8T, for the US and European markets. The new phones are aimed at the budget and lower mid-range segments and are the company’s attempt in bringing the OnePlus experience to affordable price ranges. Both phones run on OxygenOS 10 out-of-the-box but will be receiving just one version update instead of two.
According to a report by Android Central, a OnePlus spokesperson has confirmed that the Nord N10 and Nord N100 will only receive one major Android update and two years of security update. OnePlus and other smartphone manufacturers generally boast of offering two to three years of version updates along with three years of security patch updates.
In the case of the Nord N10 and Nord N100 that already come running on Android 10 as opposed to OnePlus 8T with Android 11 out-of-the-box, this change in policy means that the N10 and N100 will only get updated to Android 11. Not only does it send across a wrong message to its community members that OnePlus swears by, but it also limits the shelf-life of the phone the company has just put out.
A OnePlus spokesperson told Android Central that “The plan for these two devices aligns with industry standards for smartphones in more affordable price ranges. As always, we will continue listening to feedback from our users and looking for ways to improve the software experience for all OnePlus devices.”
There’s no reason for OnePlus not to provide regular software updates and follow a general update cycle policy across all its phones. It is something that the company is known to do and has been able to attract more users to its products. Now it seems the users of Nord N10 and N100 will have to make do with single Android version update and no more.
OnePlus Nord N10 specifications
OnePlus Nord N10 features a 6.49-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution display with a punch-hole cutout in the top-left corner for the selfie camera. The display supports 90Hz refresh rate and is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3. There’s a fingerprint reader on the back as well and the phone measures 8.95 millimetres in thickness and weighs 190 grams.
The N10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 processor with an octa-core CPU clocked at upto 2.0GHz and Adreno 619L GPU. This is paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage with an option to expand the storage by upto 512GB using microSD card. It runs on Android 10-based OxygenOS 10 out-of-the-box.
The OnePlus Nord N10 5G is the first phone by the company to have a 64MP primary camera on the back with an f/1.79 aperture. This is followed by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro camera and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, there’s a 16MP selfie camera housed within the notch cutout upfront.
The phone comes equipped with a 4,300mAh battery with support for Warp Charge 30T fast-charging standard.
OnePlus Nord N100 specifications
OnePlus Nord N100 features a 6.52-inch display with HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels) resolution and a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. The screen is further topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection and measures 8.49 millimetres in thickness and weighs 188 grams.
OnePlus Nord N100 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 610 GPU. This is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage with an option to expand the storage by upto 256GB using microSD card. It runs on Android 10-based OxygenOS 10 out-of-the-box.
The N100 has a triple camera setup on the back that consists of a primary 13MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there’s an 8MP selfie camera with features like face unlock. The rear cameras can record 1080p videos at 30FPS but don’t support EIS.
It is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging out-of-the-box.