“The 10.or D2 brings IPX2 water-resistance to the budget segment”

10.or, pronounced as Tenor, entered the Indian handset market with a series of budget smartphones last year. The brand then launched an entry-level smartphone in the form of the 10.or D (first impressions) towards the end of the last year. The smartphone brought features like the fingerprint scanner, and a Snapdragon processor, among other things. Now, the phonemaker has gone ahead and introduced its successor in the country. Dubbed the 10.or D2, the smartphone brings a new feature in the budget segment – IPX2 rating for water-resistance. But what else does the phone bring to the table? Let’s find that out together in our first impressions of the 10.or D2.

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When it comes to the packaging, the brand has changed nothing as the D2 comes in the same blue and yellow coloured cardboard box. Lifting the lid, you will find the smartphone lying on top of the documentation, a wall charger, micro-USB cable and a SIM-ejector tool. The brand has kept things minimal and hasn’t included the protective case, screen protector, and any other stuff, which have become a norm these days in the budget segment. 

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Right of the bat, the 10.or D2 feels like the quintessential budget smartphone with its all-plastic unibody make. However, what separates the D2 from its peers is the IPX2 rating, which means the smartphone will not be affected by either water splashes or jets in any direction. This is a plus since water spillage is among the top causes of ruining a smartphone. The fascia of the handset is home to a tall 5.45-inch display, with an earpiece, selfie camera and a dedicated selfie flash up top. At the rear, you will find the single camera module, 10.or’s branding and a loudspeaker grille.

The volume and power buttons, and SIM card slot are placed on the right and left edges, respectively. The 3.5mm audio interface is located on the top, while the micro-USB port is available at the base.

Coming to the display, the smartphone doesn’t actually feel like an 18:9 panel-toting device because of the sizeable bezels and black outline all around the screen. Having said that, it’s quite thoughtful that 10.or has layered the screen with Panda 2D glass with an anti-fingerprint coating to keep it smudge-free and it works to some extent. With a resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels, the display produces sharp text. The viewing angles and sunlight legibility is also pretty good. However, the colour temperature of the screen is a bit on the warmer side, which makes the screen appear slightly dull.

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The 10.or D2 comes powered by the 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset ticking at its core. The smartphone is being offered in two configurations of 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. We received the higher-end variant of the phone and the performance was smooth to a large extent. When a number of apps are opened in the background, then the handset shows some signs of lag. Our demo unit offered 24GB storage out of the box after accounting for OS and other resources.

As for the software, the D2 boots the stock iteration of the Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. As such, there’s no bloatware on the phone however, it does come with Amazon Alexa integration. For power requirements, the 10.or D2 relies on a 3,200mAh battery and the brand claims it can offer up to 20 days of standby on a single charge.

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In the camera department, 10.or has equipped the D2 with a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 sensor at the rear with Phase Detection Auto Focus and a 5MP front camera with a dedicated LED flash. The camera app has been equipped with features like low light mode, scene detection, slow motion, time lapse, beautify and live filters. The initial shots taken with the phone in good lighting were decent. 

While the 10.or D2 brings a sturdy build, water-resistance and decent performance, its pricing of Rs 6,999 for the base model and Rs 7,999 for the 3GB variant pits it against some serious contenders. The likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A (review) and InFocus Turbo 5 Plus (in pictures) come at a similar price point and offer better internals.