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RCA Viking Pro Review: Laptop Experience In The Form Of A Tab

If the only time you’ve heard the word ‘Viking’ is when someone says ‘row like a Viking’, you’re in for a surprise. The RCA Viking Pro is a tablet manufactured by Radio Corporation of America, an American electronics company founded in 1919. They may not be your first choice for a tablet brand but is definitely worth looking into. This is a budget device that is certainly worth a try - read this RCA 10 Viking Pro review to know more.

Key Features

This RCA computer tablet is a 2-in-1 Android tablet. When you unbox it, it looks like a mini laptop. The keyboard is detachable and there really isn’t any accessory in the box except the charger (and that’s not even an accessory).

There are two models - RCT6K03W13H1 and RCT6A03W13F1H. The second tab, released in 2017, is an upgrade with a few differences.

The tab looks quite regular and there isn’t anything out of the ordinary. The second one is slightly larger than the first model, but they have the same display size. The size of the keyboards corresponds with the size of the tab. It's not have the most advanced but does well for the price.

Preview
RCT6K03W13H1
RCA Viking Pro 10" 2-in-1 Tablet 32GB Quad Core with Touchscreen and...
RCT6A03W13F1H
RCA 10" Viking Pro (2-in-1) Laptop Tablet with Detachable Keyboard -...
Rating
Dimensions
10.3 x 6.28 x 1.07 inches (264 x 159.7 x 27.2 mm
11.25 x 7.7 x 0.68 inches (286 x 196 x 17.3 mm)
Weight (with keyboard)
957.1g
1088g
Screen size
10.1” (256.5 mm) - diagonal
10.1” (256.5 mm) - diagonal
Color options
Metallic gray
Charcoal, Blue, Purple, Pink
Operating system
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Android 8.1 Go Edition
RAM
1GB
1GB
Storage
32 GB (expandable)
32 GB (expandable)
Resolution
1280 x 800 pixels
1280 x 800 pixels
Battery life
Up to 6 hours
Up to 6 hours
Camera
2MP (both front and rear)
2MP (both front and rear)
Connectivity
WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
RCT6K03W13H1
Preview
RCA Viking Pro 10" 2-in-1 Tablet 32GB Quad Core with Touchscreen and...
Model
Rating
Dimensions
10.3 x 6.28 x 1.07 inches (264 x 159.7 x 27.2 mm
Weight (with keyboard)
957.1g
Screen size
10.1” (256.5 mm) - diagonal
Color options
Metallic gray
Operating system
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
RAM
1GB
Storage
32 GB (expandable)
Resolution
1280 x 800 pixels
Battery life
Up to 6 hours
Camera
2MP (both front and rear)
Connectivity
WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
RCT6A03W13F1H
Preview
RCA 10" Viking Pro (2-in-1) Laptop Tablet with Detachable Keyboard -...
Rating
Dimensions
11.25 x 7.7 x 0.68 inches (286 x 196 x 17.3 mm)
Weight (with keyboard)
1088g
Screen size
10.1” (256.5 mm) - diagonal
Color options
Charcoal, Blue, Purple, Pink
Operating system
Android 8.1 Go Edition
RAM
1GB
Storage
32 GB (expandable)
Resolution
1280 x 800 pixels
Battery life
Up to 6 hours
Camera
2MP (both front and rear)
Connectivity
WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0

The Tab

The back is plastic but still pretty sturdy and has a matte finish. On the side, you can see the power button, headphone jack, card slot, mini HDMI port, a full-size USB port and micro USB port for charging. The reset button and volume control buttons are at the back, which is unusual but you get used to it.

The Keyboard

The keyboard fits nicely with the tab, courtesy of the magnetic (Magnalink) connectors. It is slightly heavier than the tab, so it lets you angle the screen to your preference without causing an imbalance. It is a regular keyboard but there is a touchpad included – so it does work like a mini laptop.

RCA Viking Pro Keyboard

The Software

This tab works like any other Android device. It supports most of the apps you can download from Google Play Store. It has an FHD touch screen that fully rotates into landscape mode (even the home screen and navigation buttons). The display and resolution are good, although colors are not that vibrant. The bezels are somewhat thick but the screen size is comfortable for both watching videos and working.

The quad-core 1.3GHz processor performs well even with the low RAM. The camera is disappointing, but that’s probably not why you would buy this device. The battery life is great, considering it isn’t a high-end product.

The Android upgrade in the newer model (RCT6A03W13F1H) provides a much smoother user interface. The later model is also slimmer and looks nicer than the previous one . Since the newer one is bigger, it is heavier too. It is also a little more expensive.

Verdict

Here’s what we think.

What We Liked:

  • Android version update – With the newer model.
  • Light and compact device – Great for travel.
  • Magnetic connectors – The keyboard fits tightly and stays put when you move or even shake it.Expandable memory - Up to 128 GB.

What They Could've Done Better:

  • Camera – Image quality is below average.
  • RAM – A bigger RAM would have improved the performance.

Though it looks like a laptop, it is not powerful enough to be a replacement. It is overall handy, so you get the experience of a laptop and the convenience of a tab in a single device. It is great to carry around and get some work done on the go. For the given price, it is a good deal.

Does it sound like something you’d like to try? Check it out on Amazon.

RCA Viking Pro 10" 2-in-1 Tablet 32GB Quad Core with Touchscreen and...
1.4GHz MediaTek MT8127 Quad Core Processor, 1 GB DDR SDRAM RAM, Built-in 32GB Memory; Detachable keyboard, 6 hours battery life, 2.29 lbs
RCA 10" Viking Pro (2-in-1) Laptop Tablet with Detachable Keyboard -...
10.1" touchscreen, 1280 x 800 resolution;; 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor; 1GB DDR of System Memory; 32GB Flash Memory
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