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Oppo K10 review: A good budget smartphone with intense competition

Priced at Rs 14,990, Oppo K10 offers average performance and specifications, but that falls short when compared to others in the market.

By Priya Singh | Updated:Tue, May 31, 2022 4:51pm


Oppo K10 Design: Best of both worlds

Oppo K10 flaunts a dual-textured finish back panel. The lower half of the handset has a matte texture while the upper half, basically the camera island area, is glossy. While the matte texture makes sure that the phone is not slippery and a fingerprint magnet, the upper half looks shows prominent fingerprint smudges. I like the design, but it would have looked more classy if there was no “K-10” branding near the camera module. Overall, the phone has a good design for its price. The phone is handy, as it is just 189gm in weight, but when it comes to thickness, it is 0.84 cm. Oppo K10 could have stood out in the crowd, but the newly launched OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite looks almost identical to this one! However, this makes it look even more appealing since it looks like it's costlier player.


Oppo K10 Display: Scope for improvement

Oppo K10 features a 6.59-inch FHD LCD display that offers 2412x1080 pixel resolution. This was kind of disappointing since competitors like Realme 8, Samsung Galaxy F23 and more offer an AMOLED display for under Rs 15,000. And hence, the competition has an edge over it. The display houses a punch hole front facing camera that sits on the top center of the display, giving a slight premium look. The bezels are pretty thin, making it a good choice for binge-watchers.


Oppo K10 Camera: Camera: Pretty standard

Oppo K10 features a triple rear camera setup that includes 50MP primary camera, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro sensor. It captures decent pictures in broad daylight, however, you can make out that AI has been used on the produced image, which I personally don’t like. However, Oppo fans appreciate this AI capability of the phone so brownie points for that. In low-light settings, the camera struggles but captures fairly detailed images, given that you are using the flashlight. It sports a 16MP front-facing camera for video calls and selfies. It performs well in decent light but I did notice that the subject detection in the portrait mode wasn’t exactly up to the mark. Overall, Oppo K10 camera will not disappoint you unless you are an avid photographer.


Oppo K10 Performance: Better options are out there

Oppo K10 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset, just like Realme 9i. It even offers up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The smartphone comes with an IP54 rating for water and dust resistance, something that many players in the market still lack. When you look at the competition, you will get more powerful smartphones like Samsung Galaxy F23 and Vivo T1 4G at almost the same price. However, Oppo K10 also manages to perform day-to-day tasks well without a noticeable lag. But if you are a heavy gamer, you might want to turn around now. The smartphone runs on Android 11 based ColorOS which, as usual, comes with loads of pre-installed apps like Moj, Josh and so on. But you can always uninstall them manually, well most of them.


Oppo K10 Battery: Impressive!

Oppo K10 houses a 5,000 mAh battery just like many others in the market and supports 33W SuperVOOC fast charging. With regular usage that includes a couple of episodes of How to Get Away With Murder, Instagram scrolling, calling and so on, it last for more than a day’s time. Even when put to charging, it managed to fill up a dead battery in an hour. Overall, with Oppo K10, battery anxiety will never be a concern.


Oppo K10 Verdict: Should you buy it?

The newly launched Oppo phone has everything that one is looking for in a phone under Rs 15,000. The budget phone has got decent display, average performance, good battery-life and has good camera capabilities as well. But, Oppo K10 faces a stiff competition from Realme 9i, Vivo T1, Samsung Galaxy F23 and Redmi Note 10s when it comes to display and chipset. So you might want to check out the competition first before buying this one.

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