10.or D quick review: Big battery, stock Android to take on Redmi 5A

first_imgAmazon India on Wednesday announced its third smartphone offering under the 10.or (Tenor) brand, called the 10.or D. The handset comes following the 10.or G and 10.or E, both of which fall in the budget segment. The latest handset comes at an even lower price point, starting at Rs 4,999 for 2GB of RAM and Rs 5,999 for the 3GB option. Considering the specs on board, which includes a large battery capacity, stock Android Nougat and a fingerprint sensor, among other things, Amazon looks to provide a solid entry-level smartphone with the 10.or D to take on the likes of the newly launched Redmi 5A.The e-commerce company says that the 10.or D has been designed considering customer feedback. The budget handset highlights certain specifications such as a large 3500mAh battery, fingerprint sensor and stock Android, among other things that have been popular requests by Amazon customers in the entry-level segment. I got some time to check out the phone and here are my initial thoughts.The 10.or D sports a 5.2-inch HD display and my initial reaction is that the display is pretty bright and vivid for 720p. The brightness levels are good and the colours look impressive as well, especially the reds and blues. Viewing angles are decent, but look a bit off at extreme angles. Visibility indoors is great and the phone handles pretty well outdoors under bright sunlight as well.The handset feels a bit heavy to hold and is a little thick as well, which is likely due to the 3500mAh battery inside. The 10.or D has a plastic outer shell, but the matte finish on the back is smooth and gives it a slight premium feel as well. One of the biggest highlights here is the fingerprint sensor on the back, which is quite rare to see at this price point. The Redmi 5A does not sport a fingerprint sensor, so I would call this a win for Amazon if one is keeping count. In my brief time with the handset, I found the fingerprint sensor was not the fastest, but not too slow to warrant a complain as well. It did fail to register my fingerprint on occasion, which is again not something that would bother a lot of people.advertisementThe 10.or D runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat, which is great as I found the experience to be quite snappy for a budget phone. In the limited time that I had to work with, the apps opened and closed smoothly without much lag or stutter. As this is a “Crafted for Amazon” product, the phone does come with a few Amazon apps like Kindle and Prime Video which are non-removable, but there aren’t a lot of them and they don’t take up a lot of storage space as well.Also Read: 10.or D launched: Key specs, features, India price, and everything you need to knowMoving over to the optics, the 10.or D sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that are similar to what you will find on the Redmi 5A. After taking a couple of indoor and outdoor shots through the rear camera, I found that colours looked a little faded and washed out. While outdoor shots look bright, both the rear and front cameras don’t seem to capture the colours accurately and they also miss out on the details. The cameras aren’t quick to focus so you will find a more than a few shots to appear hazy. We’ll have more on the cameras in our detailed review.The 3500mAh battery is pretty big and impressive at this price point. Now, Amazon India promises up to 2 days of battery life on average use. Since this is our initial impressions, we can’t really confirm how well the battery holds up. But the few hours that I did get to play around with, the battery level dropped pretty slowly, which seems to suggest that you should get about a full day and a half on average use and a pretty solid standby. The handset does not support fast charge so it may take a couple of hours to charge the device from zero to 100 per cent. We’ll have more to tell you on the battery in our full review.Based on my limited time with the 10.or D, I found that the phone is quite promising. Sure, the design may not be something to write home about, but the software seemed pretty fluid and the performance was snappy as well. The fingerprint sensor is a welcome addition as well, but the battery is something that will need more time to know if it delivers on its promise. From the looks of it, the 10.or D seems like a worthy challenger to take on the Redmi 5A and other entry-level phones. Amazon will have to amp up advertising, though, to really get this phone out there in the public’s eye. We’ll have a more detailed review of the handset in the coming days so stay tuned.advertisementlast_img read more