Tenor has brought two mobiles to India with support from Amazon. We have already reviewed the entry level 10.0r E and now we have spent time with the bigger cousin, the 10.or G. This device is a step up from the E and is priced at a point where it puts it in direct competition with the reigning bigwigs in the under 15k category. Here is our review of the 10.or G
Let us start with the key specifications of the 10.or G
- 2.2GHz Snapdragon 626 Octa-Core Processor
- 3/4GB RAM With 32/64GB ROM
- Dual SIM
- 5.5 Inch FHD Touchscreen Display
- Dual 13MP Camera With LED Flash
- 16 MP Front Camera With LED Flash
- Dual SIM (Hybrid slot that doubles as MicroSD slot)
- 4G VoLTE/WiFi/Bluetooth 4.2/GPS
- Fingerprint Sensor
- 4000mAh Battery
As you can see, just glancing through the key specifications of the device tell you that the hardware is pretty good on this device and it has enough under the hood to take on the reigning champions in the India market like Xiaomi and Honor. Looks like the makers at Tenor have spent time researching the segment and have actually come up with the product after good thought
Let us get to the first thing that anyone notices with the phone – the build and design. There really is not much to write home about this build and design. It looks just like every other phone that you see now-a-days in the market. In fact, it looks like a twin brother of the Redmi Note 4 from the back. It is made of metal and has a uni-body finish. There are clearly visible antenna strips on the top and the bottom of the rear side. The phone has curved edges from the sides and also on the top and bottom. The SIM tray is a dual tray that can house either two Nano SIM cards or a Nano SIM and a micro SD card. This is a bit of a change from the 10.or E where there was a separate memory expansion slot apart from the dual SIM slot. The screen is 5.5′ and is an FHD panel with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection. The phone also houses a fingerprint scanner right below the 13 MP dual camera on the real side that is flanked by the dual tone LED flash that goes with it. The front has a 16 MP camera and an LED flash that also doubles up as the notification light. There are the customary sensors on the device.
The front side has a bit of a chin below the display which does not serve any purpose as there are no physical navigation keys on the phone. The keys are on the screen itself. The bottom side has the dual speaker grill and the micro USB connector. The top houses the 3.5 inch headphone jack.
Ease of use has been kept in mind right through the crafting and while the phone does not aspire to win any design accolades, it is very practical and easy to use with one hand and feels nice to the grip. The metal rear runs cold most of the time and show no visible signs of heating even on prolonged use. The curved edged make it easy to grip in the hand.
The Snapdragon 626 from Qualcomm that powers the phone is clocked at 2.2 GHz and stands the device in very good stead when it comes to multitasking and heavy use. There is absolutely no sign of stutter or lag even on high stress loads. We tried gaming on it for prolonged time and there were no issues there at all. The battery that is rated at 4000 mAH also is a workhorse. The device very easily runs and day and half even on heavy and above average load with a healthy mix of 4G, Wifi, Video and social media thrown in. Screen on time was around 7 hours on a single charge. This is very good given the price of the phone. Definitely a workhorse here in this one.
Let us now talk about the part of the phone that surprised us the most – The camera. When we saw that a relatively new player was going for a dual camera phone in just their second release, we were a bit cynical and amused at first. But when we got to using the camera – both front and rear, on this phone, we were pleasantly surprised. All the research with Amazon seems to have paid off for Tenor. What they have is very definitely a good dual camera on the rear and a decent selfie machine in the front.
The rear camera consistently came up with pictures that were fleshed out naturally and clearly. The colors were crisp and well done. There wasn’t any pixelation or noise that was seen even on zooming in to see the details on the pictures captured. Yes, there was a tad bit of noise when lighting was low or during nights, but we are not complaining at all, this is true for every phone that comes out in this price range. The front camera churned out good selfies and the LED flash helped. The ability to shoot with the dual camera setup in the rear and then post the shot edit and control the focus and blurring of bokeh shots was pretty impressive. Here are a few pictures that we took with the 10.or G.
There are two variants of this device – The 3GB/32GB version is priced at Rs 10,999/- and the 4GB/64GB version is priced at Rs 13,999/- This is very aggressive and interesting pricing. Given the specs and performance, it is very good.
This phone is clearly a contender for the thrones that the Redmi Note 4 and Honor 6X are currently sitting on and after having used it as our primary driver, we very certainly recommend this one if you are in the hunt for a good device with a dual camera that is priced well. In short – Good Hardware, Clean Performance And Good Camera At A Great Price