Oppo K10 Review: A decent fit to fulfil your daily requirements

    Oppo K10 review: Oppo K10 is competing in the fiercely contested mid-budget segment. So, does it stand apart from its rivals? Here's what we think.
    By: HIMANI JHA
    | Updated on: May 31 2022, 11:23 IST
    Oppo K10 price starts at Rs. 14,990.
    Oppo K10 price starts at Rs. 14,990. (HT Tech/Himani Jha)
    Oppo K10 price starts at Rs. 14,990.
    Oppo K10 price starts at Rs. 14,990. (HT Tech/Himani Jha)

    With the recent launch of the Oppo Reno 7 series in India, Oppo has already set a mark in the mid-range smartphone segment. And now with Oppo K10, the company is trying to stand out in the affordable segment as well. Companies like Samsung, Realme, Xiaomi, Vivo, among others are some of the most prominent brands offering phones at an affordable price with decent performance and specs. From better cameras to good battery life, 5G connectivity support, and much more, you can get lots of things packed under Rs.15000. Oppo K10 will have to face tough competition from newly launched Realme 9i, Vivo T1, etc., and a few others to stand in the market. While every smartphone brand is running behind 5G connectivity, Oppo K10 supports 4G connectivity. The Phone does offer a decent camera, battery back up and a few other features for day-to-day use, but is that enough to make a place in the highly competitive market?

    Priced at Rs. 14,990, the phone packs a FHD+ display instead of an AMOLED display. While the new edition lacks 5G support and an AMOLED display, are the other features impressive enough to stand against its rivals? Does it bring something new to the table or is it just a regular budget smartphone in this range? Well, that's something we need to figure out! I have been using it for more than a week now and here's what I have to say. 

    Oppo K10: Design

    Oppo K10 has a glow design - a perfect balance of glossy and matte finish look!
    Oppo K10 has a glow design - a perfect balance of glossy and matte finish look! (HT Tech/Himani Jha)
    Oppo K10 has a glow design - a perfect balance of glossy and matte finish look!
    Oppo K10 has a glow design - a perfect balance of glossy and matte finish look! (HT Tech/Himani Jha)

    Oppo opted for a glowing design for its Oppo K10 with a perfect balance of glossy and matte finish look. You will get two colour options to choose from- black and blue. I used the latter one and found it pretty attractive. The mobile phone company has aced the look and handling for sure. In fact, the phone has an attractive look despite its plastic build. The back of the device has a rear camera placed vertically on a rectangular module at the top left side and there is also a K10 branding on the top right side.

    On the front, the phone gives a dated feel with LCD display and thin bezels. It offers a 6.59-inch display with a punch-hole design. While moving to the functionalities on the smartphone's sides, there's a fingerprint scanner on the right, and the volume rocker and SIM card tray on the left. The sensor is pretty responsive and you can also opt in to unlock the phone via facial recognition, which worked very quickly. The base has a speaker grille, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Despite its 5000 mAh battery, the phone is impressively slim, handy, and lightweight (189 grams). 

    Oppo K10: Display

    Oppo K10 has a 6.59-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display!
    Oppo K10 has a 6.59-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display! (HT Tech/Himani Jha)
    Oppo K10 has a 6.59-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display!
    Oppo K10 has a 6.59-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display! (HT Tech/Himani Jha)

    Moving to the display part, it's disappointing to see a 6.59-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display as the Oppo could have given an AMOLED display like Xiaomi and Realme did. The refresh rate too is less as compared to Vivo T1. While Vivo T1 also has an LCD display, the company has compensated by giving a refresh rate of 120Hz. However, Oppo is offering a refresh rate of 90 HZ only, and hence, it becomes slightly slower while playing high-octane games. Though I won't say it's the best for gaming, it gives a pleasant experience while consuming entertainment or binge-watching. Images, videos look amazing on its sharp and clear screen with 409 PPI. 

    Oppo K10: Performance

    Oppo K10 is powered by a 6nm Snapdragon 680 SoC.
    Oppo K10 is powered by a 6nm Snapdragon 680 SoC. (HT Tech)
    Oppo K10 is powered by a 6nm Snapdragon 680 SoC.
    Oppo K10 is powered by a 6nm Snapdragon 680 SoC. (HT Tech)

    The new edition Oppo K10 is powered by a 6nm Snapdragon 680 SoC by Qualcomm paired with 4G connectivity. The device comes in two variants- 6GB of RAM+128GB storage and 8GB RAM+128 GB storage. You can perform day-to-day tasks like watching movies, casual gaming, listening to music, among others without any hassle. It didn't stutter or lag while moving from one app to another. However, if you are a gamer and spend hours on high-definition games like Raid: Shadow Legends, Call of Duty: Mobile, and BGMI, then the device might disappoint you. I'm not a regular gamer but the display did give me decent immersive experience with its brightness and a matchable audio output.

    Moving to software, the phone relies on Android 11-based ColorOS 11.1. It works pretty well with an improved notification menu, auto-reset permissions of unused apps, and more. The device also has several pre-installed apps like Moj, Josh, and a few others but you can uninstall them if not required. Coming to the audio quality, the Oppo K10 has a single speaker and the audio quality is decent. The call performance has also been just about satisfactory and I didn't face any network issues or call dropping. 

    Oppo K10: Camera performance

    Oppo K10 features tripple Rear camera setup!
    Oppo K10 features tripple Rear camera setup! (HT Tech/Himani Jha)
    Oppo K10 features tripple Rear camera setup!
    Oppo K10 features tripple Rear camera setup! (HT Tech/Himani Jha)

    Oppo K10 has a triple rear camera setup comprising 50MP+ 2MP+2MP camera sensors that allow you to click pictures in Panorama, Portrait, Timelapse, Sticker, Slow Motion, Extra HD, and other modes. For selfies, the device gets a 16MP AI selfie camera on the front. The 50 MP primary camera works wonders while clicking quality photos with great details in the frame. The night mode and the portrait mode give great pictures. The pictures turned out to be bright, sharp, and true to their colour in daylight as well as in indoor photography. Even in low-light situations, the flashlight support of the camera was able to capture the images with details and colors.

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    Talking about the video recording, the Oppo K10 supports clips in up to 1080p resolution at 30 fps which is a decent capability in this segment. 

    Oppo K10: Battery

    The Oppo K10 is powered by 5000 mAh battery.
    The Oppo K10 is powered by 5000 mAh battery. (HT Tech/Himani Jha)
    The Oppo K10 is powered by 5000 mAh battery.
    The Oppo K10 is powered by 5000 mAh battery. (HT Tech/Himani Jha)

    The Oppo K10 smartphone offers an impressive battery of 5000 mAh with decent charging support of 33W. Though I'm not a frequent gamer, I have binge-watched shows and the device quite impressed me with its battery backup. It gives an impressive battery backup of up to a day and a half on a single charge. The charging support of 33W is also decent at this price range. It doesn't take very long (less than an hour) to get 0 to 100% charged. 

    Verdict:

    Oppo K10 is a decent phone!
    Oppo K10 is a decent phone! (HT Tech/Himani Jha)
    Oppo K10 is a decent phone!
    Oppo K10 is a decent phone! (HT Tech/Himani Jha)

    The Oppo K10 gets a few things right for day-to-day use, but it has a lot of scope for improvement in the display, processor, and a few other segments. However, considering the price range, I would say it does deliver enough for users who rely on phones for daily browsing, binge-watching, and other casual stuff. Having said that, the competition does seem to have an edge over it. It faces stiff rivalry from Xiaomi, Vivo, Realme, among others who offer better gaming experiences and display quality.

    Rating
    3.5 out of 5
    Price
    INR 14,990/-
    Product Name
    Oppo K10
    Brand Name
    Oppo
    Pros
    • 5000 mAh battery backup
    • 50 MP Camera+16MP AI selfie camera
    • 6nm Snapdragon 680 SoC Processor
    Cons
    • LCD Display
    Specifications
    • Display size
      6.59" (2412 X 1080)
    • Camera
      50 MP+ 2 MP+ 2 MP Rear, 16 MP SelfieMP
    • Battery
      5000 mAh
    • RAM
      6GB/8GB

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