post-title There will be dragons – DragonTouch NotePad K10

There will be dragons – DragonTouch NotePad K10

There will be dragons – DragonTouch NotePad K10
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I got to play with another budget tablet. This time it’s a device aptly named DragonTouch K10. I’m not sure how many dragon powers it has, but I won’t be complaining about 5GHz WiFi as I did with Vankyo MatrixPad S10. Granted, it’s slightly more expensive, but if you shop wisely on Amazon you may grab it for $99! Let’s check what corners were cut to offer DragonTouch NotePad K10 at a tempting budget price.

Enter the Dragon (Touch) experience

Wrapped in an unassuming box, DragonTouch NotePad K10 comes with a cable, charger and factory-applied screen protector (which was promptly removed by me – I hate these things). It’s surprising to see an aluminium backplate on the tablet this inexpensive. It doesn’t cover the whole back of the tablet, but enough to add extra “dragons” to the feel.

Edges of the DragonTouch NotePad K10 reveal an interesting I/O choice. Apart from the usual volume & power combo, the slate comes with 3.5mm audio jack in the corner (nice!), mini display port, an SD card slot, reset pinhole and micro USB for charging and data transfer. Unfortunately, USB-C didn’t make the cut, which is the first corner cut and the cover for the SD card slot is near impossible to remove. My investigative eye reveals a selfie camera (1.9MP) and the main shooter (8MP) and 2 speakers located on the back.

All this is wrapped around 11.1″ ISP panel with a 1280 x 800 (213dpi) resolution. The bezel is on a thicker side, but it gives you a bit of space to rest your thumb on. I assumed the DragonTouch NotePad K10 has its screen covered with glass. Removing the protective film revealed that the screen is only protected by a plastic surface. Don’t make my mistake and keep the protective film on, otherwise, you are risking scratches.

On the inside

Since I’m not going to take this apart, I will rely on the app to tell me what keeps this device running. Plus tech specs always looks fancy in tech reviews, therefore:

  • CPU: 4 Core 1.3 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32 GB + micro SD card slot
  • Connectivity BT4.0, 2.4GHz & 5GHz WiFi
  • Camera: 8.0MP main, 1.9MP front
  • Android: Android Pie (9.0)
  • Extras: GPS, Accelerometer, Flash, FM Radio
  • Battery: 6000mAh

I appreciate the modest battery size and 5GHz for sure, microSD storage may come handy too.

In use

It’s great to see Android 9.0 booting to no bloat apps on the screen. With DragonTouch NotePad K10 you do get near-stock experience. I’m writing “near” as the launcher isn’t a Google Launcher, but something that very well resembles one. In the app drawer, I found the typical Google apps plus three preinstalled apps for the camera, FM Radio and voice recorder. It’s a smart move.

Screen feels bright enough for most environments, the angles are decent and for the most part HD resolution isn’t terrible considering the screen size. Not many tablets can be used with comfort in a direct sunlight, DragonTouch NotePad K10 is not an exception here.

Once you cache all apps (open each one at least once) the tablet gets more snappy. 1.3GHz per core may not be amazing, but it will do the job for most tasks ahead. I have tried my favourite games to put the hardware to a test:

Minecraft: If you lower the chunk rendering distance, the game is fairly smooth and consistent with frame rates set around 22-24. Far from ideal, but considering the choice for the CPU – very much expected.

Don’t Starve: Sprite based adventure game renders well and plays very much how it should be. Loading times are on the slow time, but that’s the only complaint I have.