The OnePlus Nord N10 5G shipped with Android 10, which was irksome however not a dealbreaker. And but, the information that the telephone will solely get a single improve to Android 11 – as in, the OS replace Google already launched a number of months in the past – cripples the N10 5G’s longevity.
OnePlus confirmed that the N10 5G will get ‘one main Android replace’ to AndroidCentral – as will the much more funds OnePlus Nord N100 telephone. And sure, whereas each can be secured with two years of safety updates, neither will get no matter options are available in subsequent yr’s Android 12.
OnePlus is normally fairly fast on getting its units upgraded to the following model of Android (relative to different telephones, anyway) – the OnePlus 8 and eight Professional began upgrading to Android 11 in mid-October – so it’s disappointing to see the N10 5G gained’t get upgraded past what’s already coming to the corporate’s different telephones. Or, within the case of the OnePlus 8T which launched with Android 11, what’s already within the field.
Does this transformation our opinion of the N10 5G?
Undoubtedly. Mid-range telephones are worth buys, and it’s truthfully a bit stunning that OnePlus is successfully locking its new reasonably priced telephones in to the present yr’s software program updates. That successfully matches Motorola’s observe of 1 replace and two years of safety software program, an outlier amongst phonemakers who usually provide two large Android updates and three years of safety – which even included OnePlus as of 2018.
Which is much more stunning given the business’s transfer towards extending their ensures to a few generations of Android upgrades. Samsung began announcing that its flagship Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S20 telephones would get three years, and expanded that promise to its mid-range Galaxy A51 and top-tier Samsung Galaxy Z Fold quickly after.
Microsoft even joined the motion by assuring its Surface Duo folding not-a-phone would get three years of Android upgrades. And, whereas Google by no means outright acknowledged it, by cutting off the unique Pixel telephones from getting Android 11, it inadvertently set the bar at 4 years of updates. Whereas the corporate doesn’t should comply with by with that precedent on its newer Pixel telephones, we’d be shocked if it didn’t.
Due to this fact, this OnePlus transfer doesn’t simply really feel prefer it’s undercutting N10 5G and N100 patrons – it’s going towards the present vogue. Hopefully the phonemaker will change its tune.