OnePlus has announced a pair of new phones for its northern mid-range – the N10 5G and the N100. Both are below the existing OnePlus Nord of £ 379 / € 399 in terms of specs and price. The N10 5G starts at £ 329 in the UK and at EUR 349 in Germany and is powered by a Snapdragon 690, while the N100 starts at 179 GBP and 199 EUR (approx. 235 USD) in the same countries and from a snapdragon 460.
Unlike the original Nord, which was only released in Europe and parts of Asia, according to OnePlus, the N10 5G and N100 will eventually be launched in North America. The company has confirmed that both phones will be available there “at a later date” after their release in Europe. According to OnePlus, the N100 will arrive in the UK on November 10, and the N10 5G will follow later in November.
The Nord N10 5G has a 6.49-inch 90 Hz display
As the name suggests, the OnePlus Nord N10 5G is a 5G handset (only in Europe below 6 GHz) with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage. It actually has a slightly larger screen than the pricier OnePlus Nord at 6.49 inches and the same refresh rate of 90 Hz. It has a back-mounted fingerprint sensor instead of a built-in one, but you get two stereo speakers, a feature that was missing in the North. The 4,300 mAh battery can be charged quickly with Warp Charge 30T, and Android 10 is ready to use right out of the box.
On the back of the N10 5G there is a quad camera array consisting of a 64-megapixel main camera, a 119-degree ultrawide camera, and macro and monochrome cameras. Selfies are processed by a 16 megapixel camera.
The N100 is a step-down model of a Snapdragon 460.
The N100 is the lower end of the two devices, but it still has a large 6.52-inch display and two stereo speakers. It has a larger 5,000 mAh battery, but can only be charged quickly with up to 18W. RAM and storage are also reduced to 4 GB and 64 GB respectively (although this is expandable). It's 4G instead of 5G, and you get one less rear camera here for a triple camera setup. There is a 13-megapixel main camera and two additional cameras for portrait and macro shots. Like the N10 5G, there is a back-mounted fingerprint sensor and the phone runs Android 10 by default.
When we tested the OnePlus Nord earlier this year, we found that it did a great job bringing OnePlus' traditional strengths to a cheaper price. The OnePlus N10 5G and N100 are still cheaper, so it will be interesting to see if the company struck a similar balance this time around.