Vastking KingPad SA10 Budget Android Tablet Review

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Today I am looking at the KingPad SA10 from Vastking. This is a budget Android Tablet with a rather big 10″ full HD IPS display.

Vastking kindly sent this out to me for review (thanks guys), and so in this post, I will talk about all the specs and features, and I’ll let you know by the end if I think you should spend your money on this Android 10 tablet.

Right at the start, I’ll say that this tablet could be a good budget option for children that watch a lot of videos on YouTube – but let’s talk a bit more about the features…

Specifications:

  • Android 10
  • 10″ Full HD IPS Display 1920×1200
  • Octa Core, 1.6GHz CPU
  • 3GB Ram
  • Micro SD Card Support (128GB Max)
  • 6000 mAh Battery
  • Stereo Speakers
  • 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wifi & Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm Headphone Socket
  • USBc Charging Port

In the box:

  • KingPad SA10 Tablet
  • 5V Power Adaptor & USBc Cable
  • Micro SD Card Ejector Tool
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card & User Manual

Buttons, Ports, and Build Quality

First of all, let me just say that the build quality is great. This tablet has a metal body and in fact, the only part that is plastic is a small strip along the back at the top where the rear camera sits.

Normally budget tablets have a plastic frame and so when you pick this up, it has a reassuring quality to it. It simply just feels solid in your hands, which I like.

On the right-hand side is a power button and the volume buttons. They have a nice click to them and they are very responsive so no issues there. The power button does feel a little small, I kind of wish that button was a bit bigger, but nevertheless, it works just fine.

On the top is the Micro SD Card tray and you pop that open using the included tray eject tool. If you ask me, it’s important still for tablets to have Micro SD compatibility. It just means you are able to expand the storage easily in the future.

On the left there are no buttons at all and then on the bottom is where you’ll find the stereo speakers, a microphone, the USBc charging port and a 3.5mm headphone socket.

The final thing to mention is the sometimes budget tablets have loose parts, or very thin back panels etc. There are no issues like that here – from top to bottom this feels and looks good!

Performance

I have had to remind myself that this is a budget tablet. I am normally handling far more expensive devices and so my expectations simply cannot be as high for something like the KingPad SA10. You get 3Gb of ram and an octa-core 1.6Ghz CPU, although Vastking doesn’t specify what processor this actually is.

When it comes to the performance of this tablet, well let’s just say it does the basics. Web browsing, watching YouTube videos, and playing simple games like Fruit Ninja all work just fine. It’s nice having that large display too – it’s easy to see what you are doing.

If you start pushing the SA10 though with more demanding games or perhaps opening multiple apps at the same time, that is when you’ll notice the tablet struggle a little bit. Honestly, I kind of expected that to be the case. This is after all a budget tablet – it can handle the basics and I believe that is what it has been designed to do.

The tablet has Android 10 installed which is great, so it’s nicely up-to-date on the software side. I would suggest using a launcher like Nova Launcher if you want to make the icons look a little bit nicer, but out of the box, it is still very useable. You do also get some pre-installed apps like the Google Play Store, YouTube, and a few others. I haven’t seen any unwanted apps or bloatware though, which I must say I am happy about. You simply get the most commonly used apps included so you can start using this as soon as you turn it on.

The tablet supports both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz bands and it also has Bluetooth, so connectivity is good. I’ve actually been using my Sennheiser Bluetooth headset while using this tablet – no problems at all.

Display & Sound

Two important things here, the display and the audio.

So first of all, the display is 10 inches so it’s a good size, and it’s full HD. Without making any changes, this IPS panel seems a little bit on the cool side, however, it’s easy to jump into the display settings and adjust the settings so no big deal. Watching Netflix and YouTube videos on this is great because the display is so big! It’s nice and bright and very clear too, no problems with that.

Viewing angles are reasonable too, so if you are using this for watching movies and other videos, a few people can easily see the display at the same time.

One thing that lets the experience down a little bit is the speakers. They work, you can hear what you need to hear but they lack in the low and mid-range areas. There is a lot of top-end from these speakers, meaning basically that they sound a bit tinny, they just lack body. Don’t get me wrong, the speakers work fine and you can hear what you need to hear. But if you are using this for any kind of media playback such as music or video, I would 100% recommend using a bluetooth speaker for better sound.

One other thing to mention about the speakers is that they are both on the bottom. That means when you turn the tablet to watch a video full screen, both speakers are on one end. So you still get stereo sound, but instead of the sound coming from the left and the right at the same time, it’s all coming out of one end. For me then, a Bluetooth speaker is a must!

Ram & Storage

The SA10 has 3GB of ram and 32GB of internal storage. That is more than enough for running installing and running day-to-day apps – the simple stuff.

If you have a lot of files or photos, and you like carrying them around with you on a tablet, as mentioned earlier, you can install a micro SD card (up to 128GB) for more storage. For those people that do have a large number of files and apps though, chances are you’ll be looking at something a little more expensive than this tablet anyway.

Camera

Normally a budget price means budget features, and again that’s what you get with the camera. There are two cameras, one at the front (5mp) and one at the back (13mp).

The camera app is simple, and the tablet (like most other tablets) works well for video calls, and having a camera on the back is handy for taking snaps of things like documents.

I did take a few sample shots, which should give you an idea of what the camera is like. Do remember though, this is a budget tablet and that is reflected here again with the image quality from the camera.

Battery

The SA10 has a 6000 mAh battery, so you’ll get some good usage time on a single charge. Video playback and games will use up the battery fairly quickly but I have managed to get around 5 hours of use while watching fullscreen video. Vastking do also include a standard 5v power adaptor and charging cable in the box, so you can of course use this while it’s charging. There is no fast charging here though.

Final thoughts

My thoughts about the KingPad SA10 are pretty simple.

If you want or need an Android tablet for basic things like watching videos, browsing the internet and checking emails etc, the SA10 can do all of that with ease. I like the build quality, I like the display, and I also like the price! This could also be a very good budget-friendly choice for children.

If you want to play demanding games though, and switch quickly between multiple apps, or maybe take extremely high-quality photos and videos, this isn’t going to be the tablet for you.

The KingPad SA10 is a budget tablet with excellent build quality. It will be great for some people, but it’s not right for everyone.

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