Vastking KingPad K10 10″ Android 10 Tablet
We have spent the last week diving into the new KingPad K10 10″ Android 10 Tablet by Vastking. This is our second experience with the company, looking to see how well it holds up to the previous (SA10) model we came across a few months ago. It had some pretty big shoes to fill since the previous model won us over so well, so it came with certain expectations waiting for it.
Thankfully, it seems to have fulfilled these expectations, resulting in an excellent score by us, once again. Touching on just enough enhancements to maintain the previous score and avoiding the “yes, but what’s new?” bubble that some of these affordable options can sometimes get stuck with.
This model took a different route when it comes to the overall design. This time, reminding us of the rounded edges from options like the Samsung Galaxy series. The dimensions of the screen feel more like a regular tablet due to less bevel running around the screen than the previous model, thus it feels more natural in your hands.
In the video below (under the conclusion), my colleague mentions that it feels as though it might be lighter as well. Although it does feel pretty good in your hands, it actually comes in at 0.1 oz heavier than the SA10 (1lb 2.7oz). This is simply an observation though as weight is not an issue with this model.
It features the same drawer-style micro SD card slot that many tablets and phones make use of. It requires a small pin or tool to pop the tray out with and it does come with a tool for just this, as expected. It is located on the top side of the tablet, along with a 3.5mm aux port for headphones.
Their website points out that it can be expanded up to 512GB with this slot. However, in their product specs, they mention up to 128GB. We did attempt 128GB and can confirm it works perfectly. Sadly, we didn’t have a spare 512GB card laying around to test out this round so that remains untested for now.
The left side of the tablet contains the controls for volume and power. These buttons are similar to most of the models out there (both tablets and phones) with the power button being what wakes the screen up as well.
Just like their previous model, the volume can get pretty loud on this tablet if you crank it up. It does come shipped at max volume, so prepare yourself for that.
Also on the left side is the USB-C port for both charging and data transfer.
The bottom side of the tablet contains dual speakers, which is an improvement from their previous model. Both models feature dual speakers with fantastic volume to them. However, in the previous model, these speakers were on the shorts side. Thus watching movies wasn’t as immersive. Now, the speakers will be at the bottom and well-spread out, making them perfect for watching video content in landscape orientation.
You can also see five contact points there in the middle of the bottom side. This is for the optional keyboard/cover that is available to this model.
When slid into the keyboard/cover, it makes contact with the contacts and powers the keyboard, enabling it to communicate with the tablet. No need to connect via Bluetooth or the need to charge it separately. It is simply plug-n-play via those contact points once inserted into the cover.
The price of the keyboard appears to be around $30, which places it within an average price point for such an accessory. It fits well to the tablet (as it should) and functions quite well, including the trackpad.
The only accessories it comes with is the USB cable for charging and a wall adapter. Being a tablet, there isn’t much more you could provide. The wall adapter is a 2A output adapter and only time will tell if you would benefit from hooking it up to anything more powerful.
This is where it held its ground quite well. When living up to a previous model that did so well, something has to take the next step in enough spec areas in order to maintain the impression as well as the score. This round, it was able to maintain such a score by touching on a number of things.
It could be a placebo effect, but it does appear that the screen looks better when placing it side-by-side with the SA10. We took a vote of 5 different colleagues to make sure we weren’t losing our minds. However, the verdict was that the screen looks good. There is just a single caveat. You have to get rid of the default wallpaper as it looks terrible. It causes a very bad impression due to the terribly low resolution of the image. However, once you swap it out with a proper high-res image, you’ll be able to relax and know that this isn’t due to the screen itself.
Of course, we have seen better screens than this, but typically, this also means a higher price tag as well. Either that or you lose elsewhere in the specs. We found this tablet to be a good balance of both for the price.
As mentioned, the tablet feels good in your hands. From the overall size/dimensions of the tablet to the sliding of your finger around the glass. It is very responsive to the touch. Android 10 is quite snappy, even when you start loading various apps onto it. This has been a make or break moment for many models within the $100-$200 range since most of them are snappy when you first turn them on. However, once you start loading a few dozen apps to them, they can sometimes slow to a molasses-like experience. So far, this tablet seems to be holding up.
Just like the SA10, the K10 has a 12nm octa-core processor on board with up to 1.8Ghz boost speeds and 3GB of RAM. Just enough to give it that snappy performance, and it is quite noticeable.
The only thing it lacks is on-board capacity. They are still stuck at 32GB, which doesn’t feel modern any longer. It could be that they are trying to rid themselves of an overstock of 32GB chips. However, it would have been nice to see 64GB as it seems to be the standard “low” right now for tablets and phones. So we do recommend using a microSD card from the very start. Go with 128GB since these cards are quite affordable now and immediately set Android to use external storage (the SD card) for all app installations. Then start installing or restoring (if coming from another Android model) apps to the tablet. This way you don’t eat up the internal storage from the start.
Moving back to the positive, we have Bluetooth. Bluetooth is another area they touched on, going with the latest Bluetooth 5.0. This allows the tablet to make use of a higher throughput, better compression and features higher quality codec support. In other words, your Bluetooth audio should sound better. This should also mean better support for various Bluetooth accessories as well (wireless mouse, storage, etc).
WiFi support includes both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, allowing the tablet to take advantage of the 5GHz bandwidth for streaming when available.
Both front and rear cameras are exactly the same as before. Since this is an affordable model, you aren’t going to find mind-blowing cameras and lens options. Instead, you find “just enough” with 13MP in the rear and 5MP in the front.
Then you have the final and most important point–the battery. This model contains a 6000mAH battery inside which seems to be more than enough to provide you with hours of entertainment, as well as the use of the optional keyboard (since the keyboard/cover takes power directly from the tablet itself). They are promising 7-12 hours of use-time depending on what you are using it for and up to 20 days of standby time. Of course, all of these promised specs are going to be based on perfect scenarios (ie, not cranking the brightness all the way up, balancing the audio, using power management techniques, etc). So experience may vary when it comes to battery life. However, so far, we have been quite impressed with the performance of the battery this last week.
When it comes to the quality of the screen, hardware performance, and battery life, we really found ourselves quite enjoying the Kingpad K10 tablet. Vastking did a great job of tweaking various specs to modernize this model and make it highly competitive with everything else out there in the market, leaving a good impression on us once again. That makes two for two from a company we never once touched on until these we came across these models.
The optional keyboard cover fits nicely with the tablet and is highly recommended by us. Especially if you prefer a physical keyboard over an on-screen keyboard. Regardless, a case is always smart to keep your tablet safe.