Oppo has produced a number of budget-friendly K-series smartphones in China over the years, and the Oppo K10 is the first in India to carry this series. This phone will compete with Oppo’s newly released A-series phones, such as the A96 as well as A76. An IP54 rating for dust and water resistance, a scratch-resistant build, and certain camera upgrades are among the K10’s highlights. In India, the Oppo K10 has modest specs, in contrast to what was rumoured not long ago.
There are a plethora of amazing alternatives in the sub-Rs. 20,000 smartphone sectors, including 5G, high-resolution cameras, super rapid charging, stereo speakers, and even IP-rated casings for weather protection.
The Oppo K10 comes with a choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM. In India, the former choice costs Rs. 14,990, while the latter costs Rs. 16,990. Both models have 128GB of storage. The phone comes in two colours: Black Carbon and Blue Flame.
Despite being constructed on a budget, I believe Oppo has done a good job of making the K10 appear and feel expensive. The blue variant of this phone appeals to me because of its vibrant and lively appearance. The bulk of the rear panel, as well as the chassis frame, has a matte surface. The back’s sleek smoothness repels fingerprints admirably. I even tried scratching the surface with my fingernail to see if Oppo’s promises were true, but it left no imprints. Even if you don’t use a case, the Oppo K10 should be OK for normal usage.
The rectangular camera module looks a lot like the one on the Oppo A76, but it has a textured area surrounding the camera bump that spans the whole width of the phone. ‘Super Performance’ and ’10-K’ are written on some of the walls. The last one perplexes me since I figured it was a reference to the phone’s name, but Oppo claims it’s simply part of the design.
On the bottom of the Oppo K10 is a headphone jack. Although there is a bottom-firing speaker, the earpiece also serves as a second speaker to provide stereo sound. The home button has a fingerprint sensor built in. The display is a 6.59-inch LCD with a full-HD+ (2412×1080) resolution and a refresh rate of 90Hz. It has a very normal appearance, with enough brightness and colours. The selfie camera has a cutout, which is a lovely contemporary touch. The thick black bezels that wrap around the whole display, on the other hand, are unmistakable.
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 680|
|No of cores||8 (octa core)|
|Colours||Black Carbon, Blue Flame|
|Resolution||1080 x 2412 pixels|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|TouchScreen||Yes, Capacitive, Multi-Touch|
|Rear camera setup||Triple|
|Rear Camera||50MP(Primary), 2MP(Secondary), 2MP(Tertiary)|
|Front camera||16 MP Resolution|
|Flash||Quad LED Rear flash, Dual LED Front Flash|
|Video Resolution||1920×1080 @ 30 fps1280x720 @30fps|
|Camera Features||Auto FlashAuto FocusFace detectionTouch to focus|
|Battery Type and capacity||Li-ion, 5000 mAh|
|Fast Charging||Yes, Super VOOC, 33W|
|Internal memory type||128 GB, UFS 2.2|
|Operating System||Android v11|
|Custom UI||Colour OS|
|SIM Configuration||Dual SIM|
|GPS||Yes with A-GPS, Glonass|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, Side|
|Other Sensor||Light SensorProximity SensorAccelerometerCompassGyroscope|
Specifications and Software
Since most of the competition only has IP53 certification, IP54 certification is a great feather in the K10’s crown. While the Oppo K10 is on par with the competition in terms of dust resistance, it should be more resistant to water splashes.
The K10 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor. It doesn’t support 5G, but it’s still a capable processor that’s available in phones like the Realme 9i and Redmi Note 11. You also get standard wireless connectivity including dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, GPS, and an FM radio. The K10 comes with a 5,000mAh battery that is rather large and can be charged rapidly with the included 33W fast charger.
Performance and Battery Life
During the evaluation time, the Oppo K10 6GB model that I tested performed admirably. The fingerprint sensor never failed, and general use was always quick. Face recognition is also available, which performs well even in low light. The RAM extension function on the K10 is set to 2GB by default, and I’ve never found the need to use it (up to 5GB of storage can be allocated as RAM).
On the Oppo K10’s display and speakers, videos looked and sounded great. The left and right audio channels aren’t well balanced because the main speaker is considerably louder than the earpiece, but it’s better than no stereo sound at all..
In terms of battery life, the Oppo K10 performed admirably. On a single charge, I was typically able to obtain nearly two full days of use. The phone also did well in our HD movie loop test, lasting about 15 hours, which isn’t spectacular but adequate. The battery charges quickly, and I was able to charge the K10 completely in approximately an hour.
The Oppo K10 has a primary camera with a resolution of 50 megapixels, as well as two additional cameras for depth as well as macro photography. Unfortunately, there is no ultra-wide camera, which is a major flaw. I would have gladly given up the two 2-megapixel cameras in exchange for a quality ultra-wide lens. It’s not just the K10; several recent models, including the Realme 9 5G, have done away with ultra-wide cameras entirely. For selfies, there’s a 16-megapixel camera on the front.
The camera app is normal, and it’s comparable to what we’ve seen on other Oppo phones in recent months. The K10 has a few features that I hadn’t seen before, such as the AI Palette. This is included in the picture gallery’s ‘Edit’ option, and it simply allows you to apply a new colour tone to your photo using presets or the colour palette of another photo in your gallery. It should be beneficial to people who enjoy picture editing. In the camera app, there’s an AI retouch slider that lets you tweak the amount of beauty applied to people’s faces for stills and video, but it only works with the back camera.
|Warranty||1 Year Manufacturer Warranty|
|Extended Warranty||2 years Extended Warranty from the GoWarranty for the OPPO K10|