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Nokia G10 smartphone review - Sustainable cell phone for little money?

Nordic Beginner. Nokia's G10 is an entry-level smartphone with a large battery and a monthly update promise for 3 years. We will take a look at whether the inexpensive phone with the Scandinavian design is also convincing in everyday use in our review.
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Nokia G10 (G Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G25 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 24 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB, dedicated, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G,3G,4G (B1,3,5,7,8,20,28,38,40,41), Dual SIM, LTE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.2 x 164.9 x 76 ( = 0.36 x 6.49 x 2.99 in)
Battery
5050 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix contrast-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, macro lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Charger, USB cable, SIM tool, headset, 24 Months Warranty, LTE Cat 4 (150Mbps/​50Mbps); SAR: 0.456 W/kg (head), 1.511 W/kg (body); FM radio, fanless
Weight
197 g ( = 6.95 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
139 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Rating Version
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Price from
76 %7
05/2021
Nokia G10
Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320
197 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
77 %7
04/2021
Motorola Moto G10
SD 460, Adreno 610
200 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
73 %7
03/2021
Samsung Galaxy A02s
SD 450, Adreno 506
196 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
78 %7
01/2021
Xiaomi Poco M3
SD 662, Adreno 610
198 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.53"2340x1080

Case, equipment and operation - Crackling in the chassis

Nokia wants its customers to keep their smartphones a bit longer, in the first smartphone of the new generation, the Nokia X20, this should be ensured by a three-year warranty. This is to protect the environment. The X20 but a biodegradable protective cover was included.

The Nokia G10 is now considerably cheaper than the X20it costs 139 Euros. And you can see that the air for such thoughts is much thinner here: There is only a 24-month warranty and the package content of the Nokia G10 presents itself like many other entry-level smartphones including a charger. There is even a headset included. We think: Nokia could have left that out, for example, if they really care so much about reducing the number of electronic accessories. At least the manufacturer wants to guarantee monthly security updates, and the smartphone is part of Google's Android-One program.

The casing is made of plastic, but it is quite sturdy and compact. However, it cracks audibly in the camera area when twisting. There are two Nordic sky-inspired colors to choose from: A dark blue and a delicate purple.

You cannot find NFC in Nokia's entry-level phone, and you also have to make do with WiFi 4 Motorola Moto G10 offers much more. Space is also a bit tight with 32 GB of mass storage. The slow Wi-Fi is also seen in our review with the reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12. At least there are no such serious problems as with the Samsung Galaxy A02s.

Nokia G10
Nokia G10
Nokia G10
Nokia G10
Nokia G10

Size comparison

165.2 mm / 6.5 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs164.9 mm / 6.49 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs164.2 mm / 6.46 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 77.3 mm / 3.04 inch 9.6 mm / 0.378 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs
Cross Platform Disk Test
Sequential read
Average of class Smartphone
  (35.4 - 88.4, n=45, last 2 years)
71.8 MB/s ∼100% +21%
Nokia G10
 
59.1 (31.5min, 53.47P1 - 63.8max) MB/s ∼82%
Sequential write
Average of class Smartphone
  (12.3 - 52.3, n=45, last 2 years)
33.4 MB/s ∼100% +14%
Nokia G10
 
29.3 (21.8min, 23.789P1 - 38.1max) MB/s ∼88%
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Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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; Sequential write: Ø29.3 (21.8-38.1)
; Sequential read: Ø59.1 (31.5-63.8)
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Poco M3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
284 (186min - 366max) MBit/s ∼100% +497%
Motorola Moto G10
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
282 (205min - 328max) MBit/s ∼99% +492%
Nokia G10
802.11 b/g/n
47.6 (21min - 67max) MBit/s ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
802.11 b/g/n
5.59 (1min - 31max) MBit/s ∼2% -88%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Poco M3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
301 (209min - 341max) MBit/s ∼100% +478%
Motorola Moto G10
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
276 (176min - 335max) MBit/s ∼92% +430%
Nokia G10
802.11 b/g/n
52.1 (30min - 72max) MBit/s ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
802.11 b/g/n
15.5 (12min - 47max) MBit/s ∼5% -70%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø51.7 (30-72)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø47.6 (21-67)

Cameras - Standard equipment on the Nokia G10

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

On the back of the smartphone, as usual for inexpensive devices, a main camera, a macro lens and a lens that provides additional data for blur effects in portraits are found

The main camera in Nokia's G10 has a resolution of 13 megapixels. That seems to be better in comparison to the Moto G10 which has a 48-megapixel lens. However, the Motorola Moto G10 only takes 12-megapixel pictures by default, since four pixels are combined into one to achieve a higher light yield. The option to also take 48-megapixel pictures naturally gives the competition a bit more flexibility, though.

In normal light, the main camera takes decent pictures that lack a bit of sharpness in detail. Lens edges look unclean from time to time. The brightness is quite good in low light, but the sharpness decreases considerably here. Videos can be recorded in 1080p and 30 fps at most.

The front-facing camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels. It takes solid selfies, but you should not enlarge them too much.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Hauptkamera BlumeHauptkamera UmgebungHauptkamera Low Light
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ColorChecker
11 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
12 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia G10: 8.62 ∆E min: 1.78 - max: 14.62 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
53.5 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
44.7 ∆E
61.9 ∆E
51.2 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
42.2 ∆E
28 ∆E
63.6 ∆E
63.1 ∆E
31.1 ∆E
46.2 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
72.6 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
43.6 ∆E
75.7 ∆E
67.8 ∆E
50.1 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia G10: 45.33 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 75.65 ∆E

Display - HD screen in Nokia phone

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

The IPS display shows an expanded 720p resolution and is thus on par with the comparison devices. However, the Poco M3also shows that a Full HD display is possible at this price level.

The screen of Nokia's G10 can shine quite brightly and you should be able to cope with it outdoors when the sun is not shining directly on the display. The black level and contrast are also good. We did not notice PWM, or at such a high frequency that it should not be perceptible.

In terms of color reproduction, the CalMAN software helps us determine the test rates. Nokia's G10 is on a medium level here: While grayscale hardly shows any deviations and at most a minimal bluish cast, some blue tones are overemphasized.

447
cd/m²
464
cd/m²
442
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
485
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
433
cd/m²
489
cd/m²
471
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 489 cd/m² Average: 457.9 cd/m² Minimum: 3.48 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 485 cd/m²
Contrast: 2425:1 (Black: 0.2 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.61 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 2.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
93.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.195
Nokia G10
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto G10
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy A02s
PLS, 1600x720, 6.50
Xiaomi Poco M3
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.53
Response Times
-14%
30%
-13%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
66 (37, 29)
67 (35, 32)
-2%
48 (25, 23)
27%
44 (20.4, 23.6)
33%
Response Time Black / White *
38 (21, 17)
48 (29, 19)
-26%
26 (11, 15)
32%
28 (13.2, 14.8)
26%
PWM Frequency
100000
892.9 (3)
-99%
Screen
-20%
-53%
9%
Brightness middle
485
359
-26%
482
-1%
465
-4%
Brightness
458
347
-24%
460
0%
428
-7%
Brightness Distribution
89
95
7%
92
3%
89
0%
Black Level *
0.2
0.18
10%
0.44
-120%
0.21
-5%
Contrast
2425
1994
-18%
1095
-55%
2214
-9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.61
4.89
-35%
5.52
-53%
1.7
53%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.32
8.13
2%
7.78
6%
3.5
58%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.1
3.7
-76%
6.3
-200%
2.4
-14%
Gamma
2.195 100%
2.292 96%
2.54 87%
2.16 102%
CCT
6850 95%
7462 87%
7882 82%
6664 98%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-17% / -19%
-12% / -36%
-2% / 3%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 95 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
66 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 37 ms rise
↘ 29 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 100000 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 100000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 100000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 15366 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.


CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Charging takes time

With the Helio G25 from MediaTek, the Nokia G10 has a suitable SoC that cannot quite keep up with all current smartphones in the price range. You rather get average performance that is sufficient for everyday use, but as soon as you demand a bit more from the smartphone, you sometimes have to wait a bit longer.

In return, the heating on the surface is quite low, which pays off especially on hot summer days. The small mono speaker on the bottom edge does not get that loud and hardly offers low frequencies in its sound image. Accordingly, voices and vocals sound very thin, and the speaker is not really fun to listen to. The sound output via 3.5 mm jack and Bluetooth compensates for that with clean sound.

The large 5,050 mAh battery (battery ) lasts for almost 18 hours in our Wi-Fi test. That is ample and should easily last for several days. However, it is best to charge the smartphone overnight, because the charging power of only 5 Watts is very low and it sometimes takes well over 2 hours until the smartphone is full again.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
151 Points ∼26%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
246 Points ∼43% +63%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
131 Points ∼23% -13%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
316 Points ∼55% +109%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (131 - 151, n=6)
141 Points ∼24% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1604, n=245, last 2 years)
578 Points ∼100% +283%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
809 Points ∼41%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1135 Points ∼57% +40%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
493 Points ∼25% -39%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1275 Points ∼64% +58%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (466 - 886, n=6)
668 Points ∼34% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4455, n=245, last 2 years)
1980 Points ∼100% +145%
PCMark for Android
Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5405 Points ∼54%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (5329 - 5405, n=2)
5367 Points ∼54% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 17085, n=60, last 2 years)
9953 Points ∼100% +84%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5244 Points ∼66%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
5316 Points ∼67% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
4611 Points ∼58% -12%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
6042 Points ∼76% +15%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (4938 - 5296, n=6)
5162 Points ∼65% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=260, last 2 years)
7923 Points ∼100% +51%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
907 Points ∼22%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1414 Points ∼34% +56%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
820 Points ∼20% -10%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1861 Points ∼45% +105%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (800 - 907, n=6)
834 Points ∼20% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=278, last 2 years)
4136 Points ∼100% +356%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
844 Points ∼16%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1309 Points ∼25% +55%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
711 Points ∼14% -16%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1779 Points ∼34% +111%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (772 - 844, n=6)
793 Points ∼15% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 22052, n=278, last 2 years)
5238 Points ∼100% +521%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1231 Points ∼41%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1963 Points ∼66% +59%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1766 Points ∼59% +43%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2221 Points ∼74% +80%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (915 - 1231, n=6)
1029 Points ∼35% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5784, n=276, last 2 years)
2982 Points ∼100% +142%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
468 Points ∼18%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
857 Points ∼32% +83%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
441 Points ∼17% -6%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1173 Points ∼44% +151%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (412 - 468, n=6)
428 Points ∼16% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=253, last 2 years)
2640 Points ∼100% +464%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
398 Points ∼14%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
733 Points ∼26% +84%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
362 Points ∼13% -9%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1022 Points ∼37% +157%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (348 - 398, n=6)
366 Points ∼13% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=253, last 2 years)
2791 Points ∼100% +601%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1206 Points ∼43%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2108 Points ∼75% +75%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1860 Points ∼66% +54%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2424 Points ∼86% +101%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (1071 - 1223, n=6)
1142 Points ∼41% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=253, last 2 years)
2819 Points ∼100% +134%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
528 Points ∼16%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
849 Points ∼25% +61%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
489 Points ∼15% -7%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1176 Points ∼35% +123%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (456 - 528, n=6)
483 Points ∼14% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=277, last 2 years)
3358 Points ∼100% +536%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
454 Points ∼12%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
731 Points ∼19% +61%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
405 Points ∼11% -11%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1032 Points ∼27% +127%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (408 - 454, n=6)
419 Points ∼11% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 12914, n=277, last 2 years)
3792 Points ∼100% +735%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1227 Points ∼41%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1953 Points ∼65% +59%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1798 Points ∼59% +47%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2298 Points ∼76% +87%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (913 - 1227, n=6)
1034 Points ∼34% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5793, n=277, last 2 years)
3027 Points ∼100% +147%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.4 fps ∼32%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
11 fps ∼48% +49%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
5.9 fps ∼26% -20%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
7.5 fps ∼33% +1%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (1.5 - 7.9, n=6)
6.47 fps ∼28% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=282, last 2 years)
22.9 fps ∼100% +209%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4 fps ∼15%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
6 fps ∼23% +50%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
3.4 fps ∼13% -15%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
8.3 fps ∼31% +108%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (3.6 - 7.4, n=6)
4.5 fps ∼17% +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=281, last 2 years)
26.4 fps ∼100% +560%
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.7 fps ∼31%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
6.5 fps ∼43% +38%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
3.6 fps ∼24% -23%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
4.4 fps ∼29% -6%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (2.1 - 4.8, n=6)
4.2 fps ∼28% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=282, last 2 years)
15.1 fps ∼100% +221%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G10
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.4 fps ∼14%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2 fps ∼19% +43%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1.2 fps ∼12% -14%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2.8 fps ∼27% +100%
Average Mediatek Helio G25
  (1.4 - 1.4, n=6)
1.4 fps ∼14% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=282, last 2 years)
10.3 fps ∼100% +636%
Nokia G10Motorola Moto G10Samsung Galaxy A02sXiaomi Poco M3Average 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
117%
112%
285%
-6%
288%
Sequential Read 256KB
245.6
295.9
20%
299
22%
509.23
107%
240 (25.8 - 452, n=227)
-2%
780 (41.9 - 2037, n=290, last 2 years)
218%
Sequential Write 256KB
120
172.4
44%
103.9
-13%
269.2
124%
97.9 (14.8 - 189, n=227)
-18%
345 (11.9 - 1321, n=290, last 2 years)
188%
Random Read 4KB
43.6
123
182%
84.8
94%
147.03
237%
42 (3.59 - 117, n=227)
-4%
139 (13.5 - 325, n=290, last 2 years)
219%
Random Write 4KB
20
64.5
223%
88.5
343%
154.1
671%
20 (0.75 - 89.5, n=227)
0%
125 (5.2 - 330, n=290, last 2 years)
525%

Temperature

Max. Load
 38.4 °C
101 F
35 °C
95 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
 37.9 °C
100 F
34.8 °C
95 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
 37 °C
99 F
34.8 °C
95 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Average: 35.7 °C = 96 F
32.7 °C
91 F
34.7 °C
94 F
38.7 °C
102 F
33.1 °C
92 F
35.1 °C
95 F
35.5 °C
96 F
33.7 °C
93 F
35.1 °C
95 F
36.1 °C
97 F
Maximum: 38.7 °C = 102 F
Average: 35 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.6 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.7 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.7 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.5 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.439.42534.431.43126.628.54030.930.45032.429.86322.2258014.417.410019.920.912512.415.216011.117.92007.121.52508.830.43157.136.94007.246.25006.852.16307.857.780013.462.7100015.26712501066.716009.167.920009.365.825001064.631501159.6400011.861.5500012.369.163001372800013.669.71000014.568.21250015.359.11600016.152.1SPL23.978.6N0.540median 11.1median 59.6Delta2.4154335.136.834.936.82930.631.53430.92927.625.518.729.319.623.921.914.233.311.340.811.747.19.754.49.356.611.861.313.76117.364.916.270.311.170.710.372.510.470.111.667.412.666.413.967.715.27215.667.916.369.216.563.916.465.917.15770.660.268.865.971.426.48125.712.522.219.226.50.847.9median 13.9median 64.92.49.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNokia G10Motorola Moto G10
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nokia G10 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 35.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (29.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 83% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 11% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 89% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Motorola Moto G10 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 25% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 52% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 40% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Nokia G10
5050 mAh
Motorola Moto G10
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A02s
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Poco M3
6000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
1068
1038
-3%
1201
12%
1249
17%
899 (425 - 2000, n=295, last 2 years)
-16%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
17h 48min

Pros

+ good runtimes
+ Android One for monthly updates
+ no PWM
+ decent camera photos
+ hardly any warming under load

Cons

- no NFC
- slow WLAN
- long charging times
- little memory

Verdict - Inexpensive yes, sustainable well

In review: Nokia G10. Test device provided by Nokia Germany.
In review: Nokia G10. Test device provided by Nokia Germany.

Nokia's G10 is an inexpensive smartphone and the manufacturer does not have much room to offer expensive warranty extensions or unusual accessories. The manufacturer apparently does not trust price-sensitive customers to accept a missing charger, but Nokia could have at least dispensed with the plastic headset in favor of the environment when advertising sustainability.

The smartphone proves to be solidly built and if the manufacturer keeps its monthly update promise for 3 years, then Nokia's G10 has something ahead of other inexpensive smartphones. There are better competitors in terms of features: Nokia's smartphone has to do without NFC or fast Wi-Fi 5, and the tight memory is not really up-to-date anymore.

Nokia's G10 is an inexpensive smartphone, as you often find them, even better equipped elsewhere. It can only really stand out with its update promise.

Camera and runtimes are overall convincing for the price range, but you have to deal with long charging times.

Overall, Nokia's G10 is a solid entry-level smartphone, but the best price-performance ratio can be found elsewhere due to the weak configuration.

Price and availability

The Nokia G10 is available from the manufacturer at the time of the review for about 139 Euros. Numerous online stores also sell the smartphone in the meantime, for example Cyberport or Amazon.

Nokia G10 - 05/22/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
36 / 70 → 51%
Weight
88%
Battery
92%
Display
86%
Games Performance
6 / 64 → 10%
Application Performance
54 / 86 → 62%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 90 → 62%
Camera
55%
Average
70%
76%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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