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NuVision eight-inch tablet review: An affordable Windows 10 slate you'll appreciate

We're big fans of small Windows 10 tablets, but only if they feel great in the hand and have high-quality displays. The NuVision Windows 10 tablet is exactly that.

I love small tablets. I also love Windows 10. So I went out looking for the best mini Windows 10 tablet you can buy right now. I was originally looking for a premium, high-end device with pen support, gorgeous build quality and a high-resolution display. Unfortunately, it turns out hardware makers aren't making devices like that right now. So I settled for the next best thing.

This is the NuVision eight-inch Windows 10 tablet. It's a low-to-mid range Windows 10 tablet with great build quality and a high-resolution screen. It cuts corners in some areas, however, and over the last couple of weeks I've been using it as my new daily tablet. This is my full review.

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NuVision technical specifications

CategorySpecification
DisplayEight-inch IPS
Display resolution1200 x 1920 Full HD
SoftwareWindows 10 Home 32-bit
ProcessorIntel Atom Z3735F 1.33 GHz
Storage32GB (expandable via microSD)
Memory2GB
Front camera2.0MP camera
Rear camera5.0MP camera
PortsMicro USB, Mini HDMI, microSD, 3.5mm headphone jack
Battery3400 mAh

NuVision design

Being a low-cost mini Windows tablet, I had low expectations when it came to design. Almost every eight-inch Windows 10 tablet on the market is rocking some kind of low-end, plastic design that feels cheap. The NuVision surprisingly breaks out of this habit, being incredibly wallet-friendly while still rocking a semi-premium design and chassis. It's definitely not Surface Pro-level, but for the price, you're getting more than you bargained for.

The chassis of the device is made out of the same material, wrapping around for a smooth feel when holding it in your hand. It's made of metal, which is cold to the touch. This alone makes the device feel way more premium than it is. The front of the device is covered in what feels like glass, but NuVision doesn't specify whether this glass is Corning Gorilla-protected.

The device is incredibly thin too at just 7.62 mm, which further adds to the premium-ness of its design. Overall, I'm incredibly pleased with the build quality and design of the NuVision. If I had any criticisms, it'd be that the back of the device is covered in way too many logos. It has NuVision, Windows, and Intel logos on the back, along with a black bar at the bottom that holds details such as model number, FCC markings and more.

NuVision display

One of the reasons I was most interested in the NuVision was because of its display. Like build quality, most mini Windows 10 tablets are rocking super cheap specifications, which unfortunately usually means low-resolution screens. Most tablets are rocking 1280 x 800 resolutions, which is terrible for 2017. The NuVision, on the other hand, is rocking a Full HD display, which looks crisp and clear, and is exactly what I'd expect from a mini Windows 10 tablet.

Being Full HD at eight inches, Windows 10 scales pretty well at 150 percent scaling. Apps and games look great, and Windows 10 itself scales well at this size and resolution. The display gets bright enough, but I wouldn't recommend using it outside in the sunshine.

The front of the device also has a dedicated Windows key, which isn't often seen on devices anymore. The Windows key is capacitive, and when pressed takes you directly to the Start screen. You can even use it to wake the display when the device is in sleep mode, which is handy when the tablet is lying flat on a table. Unfortunately, there's no haptic feedback motor on this tablet, so tapping the capacitive button gives no feedback, making it odd to use.

Sadly, there's no pen support. One of the main reasons I wanted an eight-inch Windows 10 tablet was so I could jot down notes with an Active Pen. Unfortunately, NuVision decided to omit such functionality from its smaller tablets, likely to keep costs down.

NuVison ports

The port selection is pretty good for a tablet of this size. You have a Micro USB port for charging and USB OTG, a Mini HDMI port for extending to an external monitor or TV, a microSD expansion slot that supports cards up to 64GB, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. On a tablet like this, I'm not expecting to want to plug in any USB sticks or peripherals, so the lack of a full-size USB port isn't something I care about.

This model, in particular, has a Micro USB port, and in the box, NuVision packs a Micro-USB to full-size USB adapter for those of you who do plan on using a full-size USB stick or peripheral with this device. The newer model of this NuVision tablet has a USB-C port instead of Micro USB, which is a little more futureproof.

The Mini HDMI port is also a nice addition, especially if you're planning to use this device for media consumption. You can load up the tablet with a bunch of movies and TV shows, take it with you on a journey, and hook it up to a bigger display to watch said movies in a hotel room, for example. Being able to expand storage with the microSD card slot is also a big bonus, especially for media junkies.

Unfortunately, that card slot only allows for cards up to 64GB in size.

NuVision performance

Here's where things start getting a little rough. All small Windows 10 tablets have one fatal flaw: low-power CPUs. Intel doesn't offer any good, relatively powerful processors for fanless devices as small as eight inches, so hardware makers are constrained to Intel Atom processors, which aren't all that great when it comes to performance.

This tablet is designed for light usage, which includes casual web browsing with maybe a few apps at one time, and switching between Windows Store apps like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Mail, and Groove. You are not expected to be using this tablet to run heavy applications like Photoshop. If you're planning to use the NuVision for web browsing, email, and movie watching, then you'll get by fine.

I can typically use the tablet with several Windows 10 apps open at one time, switching between them quickly with Task View. Of course, you don't want to be multitasking with too many things open at once. If you're listening to music, browsing the web with a few tabs, and doing email, the NUVision should get you by just fine.

It's important to stress that these Windows 10 tablets aren't designed for any real work. You can, of course, get away with running Office Mobile apps, or even the full version of Office. But why would you want to do that on an eight-inch tablet?

Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi on the NuVision is utter rubbish. I don't know what it is, but the Wi-Fi on this tablet is incredibly slow all the time. I have fast internet, and all my other devices on the Wi-Fi can access it just fine. The NuVision, however, takes longer than normal to load web pages, check for updates and more. It's using a Realtek RTL8723BS Wi-Fi chip, which could be the culprit.

Also not great are the speakers. I'd suggest using a pair of headphones with this tablet. The built in speakers are quiet and don't sound clear at all. They're possibly the worst set of speakers I've ever heard in a tablet.

NuVision battery

Battery life with the NuVision is a mixed bag. I can squeeze about five to six hours out of it on a single charge. This includes using the tablet for video, web browsing, music and apps like Twitter and Instagram. I'm not sure what causes it, but sometimes I'm able to get seven to eight hours on a single charge. This involves using the device on and off throughout the day, putting it to sleep and waking it up again to check email. Overall, battery life is OK if you're only planning to use the tablet around the house, where you'll always be near an outlet for charging.

Speaking of charging, it takes an hour or two to charge from 0 percent to 100 percent. There's no fast charging here, which is a shame.

NuVision eight-inch tablet: Final thoughts

I originally wanted a small, premium Windows 10 tablet with pen support. Unfortunately, nobody makes those. So I had to make a sacrifice, and that sacrifice was a lack of pen support. I still wanted a premium-feeling device with a high-resolution display, and the NuVision delivers on those two things.

Since I can't take notes on the device, the NuVision has become my go-to "at home" media consumption device when laying in bed or lying on the couch. It's a lot more comfortable to use an eight-inch device in this scenario because it's light and easy to maneuver.

Do I recommend the NuVision? For its $80 price tag, absolutely. It's a great feeling tablet with a superb display that's awesome for light and casual use, much like a tablet should be. Speakers and Wi-Fi are a bit iffy, and battery life could be better. But apart from that, the NuVision is a solid eight-inch tablet.

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Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

76 Comments
  • The reason wi-fi is slow on this tablet is that it only uses the 2.4 Mhz and not 5 Mhz.   So, it will take an incredibly long time to update to the latest update of Windows 10 - Anniversary or Creators Update
  • Even the 2.4 GHz WiFi will be much faster than the 5 MHz one
  • Yes I agree, even at 5Mhz that would still be particularly slow and unstable. I prefer devices nowadays with support for 5Ghz wifi, or 2.4Ghz at least which thanks God this tablet supports.
  • While it says it can only support sd card up to 64GB, some people have said it works with 128 GB cards as well.
  • technically W10 supports external storage via microSD or SD up to 2TB
  • Does it support calling.
  • It doesn't have a sim card slot so I don't think so.
  • So far Dell Venue 8 Pro (The newer enterprise-only version with USB C, 4 GB of RAM) is the best one. Haven't seen anything better yet sadly. And yes I had to buy it as a "business" directly from Dell lol. Can't find it anywhere else.
  • I own this tablet and would give it a 2.5 stars. The design is nice enough, and the price is nice... but it is sorely under-powered for Windows 10. It is slow, and I can't even update the OS anymore because there's not enough disc space left. It also crashes quite regularly. Sadly, the selection for small, affordable Windows tablets is bleak. I really loved the Dell Venue Pro 8... but Dell stopped making it a few years ago.
  • Try clearing temporary files from Settings-System-Storage, as well as removing your usual data files from the local storage (you can use a cheap microSD card instead of the tiny C:\ drive). You should be able to update it. I use mine for insider builds and I've done quite a few updates, currently on the latest fast ring build. It is quite slow to update, but that doesn't really matter to me since I just get it started and leave it for however long it takes. Pretty decent tablet for the price (got mine $59 on sale), can't really complain for the amount I paid, it's obviously no Surface Pro, but what does one expect for $59? :-)
  • This comment points to what's wrong with this tablet. Anybody who feels competent to attempt this already has some knowledge and xp with technology. And most people in that category wants better specs than this tablet offers. So who is this going to appeal too? Tech savvy users? Nope, too under powered. Non-tech savvy users? Nope, too complex of an OS to know how to get around, too few apps on store. IOS and google are simplistic for the average consumer. Yes, it may still require tech savvy help, but not nearly as much as Windows 10. My wife had a cheap Win10 tablet, and I set it up for her. She constantly needed tech support for it (namely me lol). I bought her a cheap android tablet, and she needs a lot less help with it than previously. So again, who is the target market for this?
  • The space is 32 GB so you should have enough space for updates. My dad's tablet only got 16GB and he can do cumulative update fine. The feature update, on the other hand, needs to download the install media onto the microSD card and run the clean install from there.
    I agreed it would take more than a few hours to finish.
    Well, for the price, Nuvision is impressive though. Only the display panel alone make it worth it.
  • I bought two of these for my kids (7 & 9 at the time) to use as media/web browsing/general purpose light devices at one of the Christmas sales at the Microsoft store here in NYC for $59 each. For the most part, They have been great devices for them. The only issue I have is that the screen glass is a bit thin and thus prone to breaking. My kids love them and use them all of the time for Netflix, Hulu, or even movies purchased from the store. We also have a number of movies from our Plex server that works really well with these devices. They aren't gaming tablets, but most of the light games from the store work fine. Don't expect to be able to play AAA titles on them though. The storage is a bit on the slow side so be aware of that. In a nutshell, I'd say that for what they are at the cost they are spectacular devices and I would recommend them to anyone who is just looking for a light weight device for media consumption, web surfing, and light gaming.
  • This tablet, with an Windows 10 S on ARM, would probably be a better purchase. With the cheaper, but better ARM processors, they could possibly bring in a better Wi-Fi card, and possible pen support. I really hope Windows 10 on ARM helps brings these 8" devices back into market.
  • We have yet to see how much a Windows on ARM device will cost.  From what I understand the Snapdragon 835 is going to be the minium requirement for Windows 10 ARM devices.  The SD835 isn't a cheap chip and devices that uses it aren't cheap.  I seriously doubt we will see a Windows 10 ARM devices for ~$100 any time soon.  I look forward to Windows 10 ARM, but I'm expecting them to be at least $300+ instead of the ~$100 that cheap W10 tablets are going for today.
  • It is sad that anyone attempts to build and sell such underpowered devices running Windows 10. 2Gb of memory combined with a small, slow SSD and lacking processor makes for a lousy experience. Comments based on using a similar equipped Surface 3 for about 1.5 years. Save your money and buy a more powerful device.
  • I don't think you even need to save your money much. Xiaomi has a really nice budget windows tablet running x8500, which at the low end of intel cherry trails, makes a real difference over this with its bay trail. Or you could save your money and go for the no longer still made, but still available HP pro tablet. , the 608, which not only has x8500, and usb-c, but 4gb of ram, AND active pen. 
  • I have this tablet and have the same thoughts, I would like to try to get windows cloud on it.  Zac, you think you will be trying to get Windows cloud on it?
  • I got two of these last year for $45 each when they opened up a Microsoft store here in Nashville. I didn't really start using mine very much until here recently. I'm with you on the pen support, but I did find this and have been using it http://www.adonit.net/jot/pro/ . It's not great, but I have been able to jot down notes for work using it. It's helped bring this tablet more closely to me. The pen has been very handy, and you should try it out. Beware no palm rejection, so I also just bought a two finger glove just for this issue off Amazon and should get it tomorrow.
  • I was pretty interested until I read about how slow the wifi is. Too bad since I'd use it mostly as a consumption device so the slow wifi would keep me frustrated a lot.
  • I've had two of these tablets. Sold the first one because it was just too slow both performance and on Wi-Fi. Picked up an updated one that had apparently had faster storage performance but was still quite bad. It's a shame, because this is a stylish tablet and the screen is quite bright and vibrant even if you do have to scale up to 200%..
  • I guess it is still against the rules to have GPS in a Windows tablet? 
  • Biggest issue here is that it's running 32-bit Windows 10. So while it's ideal for games like Fallout Shelter, you can't play it. There's no excuse in 2017 to have anything not run 64-bit W10. Further to that issue is it's not until many people buy one that they find out it can't run a lot of apps. Then they feel kinda burned.
  • They also sell 64-bit versions.
  • Its cheaper. Its one of many fairly disappointing cut corners on this device. I've seen cheap tablets aplenty with 64 bit :/
  • 3:2 aspect ratio for tablets small tablets please.
  • Must resist...  (you already have too many computer as it is)...
  • 7 inch size is the best
  • My daughter and I each have a Nuvision tablet purchased for $59 each. They both perform very well for the price point. Use for email, Netflix, web browsing and casual games.  I drag out the Surface 3 for heavier tablet use.  I use a regular pressure pen with mine and I find that is good enough since I'm not doing anything where an active pen is needed.  My only complaint is that the power and volume buttons are too close together as I frequently turn the thing off when I'm just trying to adjust the voulme.  Otherwise I have had no problems and no other complaints.  
  • Thanks for this review. I'm getting my kid this over the another cheap android tablet replacement.
  • Got my kid the lenovo 310 x64 4Gb. Uses it in tablet mode, she can do about anything. Think about that.
  • Damn, close. Don't think it'll be able to run Minecraft or Roblox, so it wouldn't work for my kid. Close though.
  • games from Windows Store such as Minecraft should work fine. It works well on an old desktop I have running Intel Pentium 4, 1GB RAM, 40GB HDD connected to 720p display
  • I bought the 64-bit version during the last MS Christmas sale, and my experiences have been about the same. I find older, non-store apps don't scale well at all, and are difficult to use. They also tend to be harder on battery life. Awhile back I reset it to factory, and then configured Windows to store only (faux Windows 10 S), and I'm very happy using it that way. It’s well worth what I paid, which I believe was $70.
  • I stick to store apps on mine as well.  It works okay for me.  It's too bad that there's a trend in the Windows Store right now where developers are just porting their Win32 desktop apps to the store using the Desktop Converter.  It's great to get more apps in the store, but they aren't that good for small tablets and they still use battery and resources like if they were Win32 apps.  That kind of defeats the purpose of using just Windows Store apps and gets difficult to find apps that will scale well on different screen sizes.  
  • Just look for apps with the mobile logo - those are the true UWPs. 
  • Wow $80 bucks. When windows on arm comes they should have no trouble delivering a tablet with pen support and a cellular connection for under $300? Make it 6 inches and that'll be my next phone. 
  • I don't think ARM devices will be cheap. I believe it will be priced like an iPad, which is not cheap at all..
  • I'm not seeing any incentive of buying a Windows 10 tablet unless I see Microsoft porting any tablet specific features, like swipe keyboard. I was about to post my DV8P for sale just because of this very reason.
  • I believe regular Windows is getting the swipe keyboard. Might already be in Insider builds.
  • Shape writing is already emerging in insider builds. 
  • It looks like my Dell Venue 8 Pro still beats this thing. Other than the screen resolution (which still looks great), the Dell kills this thing.
  • I think I'll stick to my lenovo miix2 8". I'm terribly happy with that. Great wifi and battery life, still, as it is already 2 years old.
  • Mine has a 64 bit processor and 64 bit Windows. While its not fast, it serves the purpose. And, the swipe keyboard is coming soon. It's already available for the Preview program. I also have no trouble using a 128GB card with it.
  • Got rid of my nuvision 8inch tablet. The worst speakers I have ever seen on any mobile device. Picked up an old ipad air instead. It's performance destroys the Nuvision.
  • Any serious media consumption and you are going to use ear phones in any case. What did that iPad air originally cost compared to this? Small wonder it's more powerful.
  • Ipad air I think was about $300 new. As far as media consumption goes thats up to the individual. I sedom use earphones. It's a tablet. It "should" have good speakers. The fact that was touted as being a Signature model purchased at the Microsoft store made it even more disappointing. Not a great experience.
  • Signature just means it comes without bloatware.
  • that crap-Apple iPad tablet you bought must have been $100+ compared to $59 NuVision tablet
  • It's hard to put a price on it. A grandchild had used it and cracked the corner of the screen. I suppose 100 is accurate. The Novision is 80 on Amazon. No comparison in my opinion. 
  • I bought one for under $70 that has the better chip in it and I'm perfectly satisfied with its performance at this price point. For the much higher price, I'm more disappointed in the performance of my Surface 3 than this one.
  • Wow! Incredible price! I would pay $200 for pen support.
  • Forgot about the horrid battery life and the wonky on screen keyboard. It often wouldn't bring itself up to use properly. I would have to manually open it. Maybe an app or windows 10 issue. Paid 50 for it. Sold it for thirty. It was gathering dust...
  • Might be my next tablet. For smartphones I'm all in with Android these days. But PC and Tablet will remain in full Windows 10 mode. Hopefully Microsoft will step up their game and give me and other consumers an incentive to start buying Windows based smartphones again!!!!
  • Don't do it. PC yes, always. Tablet, no way.
  • I love my SP3, a smaller companion would be nice.
  • Yuck, who wants android on a tablet, when you already have it on your phone. Windows does more. All the basic software like browser, music, video, etc is better. It multi-tasks. Both apps and full desktop software. I don't know why anyone would want android unless they haven't tried windows on a tablet. 
  • Check it out. Still a decent tablet for sale
    https://www.bol.com/nl/p/hp-pro-tablet-608-z8500-7-86-2gb-32-pc/92000000...
  • And how about the linx vision 8 inch. It dispatches all over europe if you look it up on amazon.uk, and it has great wifi as streaming games is one of the selling points.
  • I just got one of these, I'm impressed with the build quality for the price. In general this thing is better than the Android tablets in this price point as well. I just wanted a smaller screen for reading, will work well for that. Performance is far from impressive, but it's a low end Atom from a few years ago so that's to be expected. Works fine for web browsing, email, media consumption.
  • I have this tablet, but the Atom X5 version.  It's an okay tablet, especially for the price. Performance is pretty bad at times, but it's mostly when Windows is doing disk operations.  I find that when apps are not trying to do disk operations the performance is fine.  Once Windows starts doing things like run defender scans in the background or update apps things slow to a crawl and there's lots of delayed responses.  I feel it's an issue with using cheap slow memory as opposed to the speed of the CPU. I'd really like to see a more premium small Windows tablet.  One with great build, pen support and especially fast storage and RAM speed.  If a Core M could work comfortably in a tablet this small I'd like to see that. Otherwise I guess we will have to wait to see if OEMs will make Snapdragon 835 small tablets with Windows 10 for ARM if we want to see more modern chipsets in a Windows 10 small tablet.
  • Makes no sense to be reviewing the model from last year and not the current model. The current model with the 8300 CPU and 64 bit Windows provides a great general browsing experience for when you want something a little bigger than your phone. People need to make sure to always go to disk management and remove previous Windows installations. If not, there will be less than 8GB free space and you will experience severe slow down and lag. For the sale price it is well worth it. For the full price, not as much.
  • 7.62 mm thick? That's pretty standard caliber.
  • My preference would definately be for a xiaomi mi pad 2, in an eight inch windows tablet. It has no micro-sd, but its got great resolution (even better than above), usb-c AND and a faster 8500 cherry trail. In fact alround its a pretty premium device, speakers, wifi the lot, for the price.  And although they are pricey and no longer made, the hp and dell offerings are worth considering to those wanting either pen support, or 8500 with 4gb.  This seems....okay. I mean poor speakers, poor wifi, and an older bay trail chip....kind of a party pooper. Can't use it then for watching flicks, because bad speakers. Might be a frustrating experience for browsing due to the wifi. And your not going to be able to crank trine 2 (steam edition) or civ 5 on that processor/ram.  Basically its a reading tablet. Okay for mags, books and websites in strong wifi, and if you don't have a continuum phone, okay for plugging into hotel TVs etc. Don't get be wrong, a good screen is important, but I think you can do much better in the xiaomi mi pad 2.     
  • I cannot recommend these small cheap Atom tablets. They're a bucket of frustration. Price looks great, package looks great... But absolutely maddening post-purchase experience, and a clear indicator or just how terrible Windows 10 is as a "mobile" tablet operating system.
  • Quote: "If not, there will be less than 8GB free space and you will experience severe slow down and lag." I've never heard of there being "severe slow down and lag" simply because you have < 8GB of space remaining. Definitely you can run into problems if you're severely low on space, but 8GB is more than enough. Why are people still spreading this false-rumor? You'd have to get down to something like 1GB of free space (or less) before this starts becoming an issue, and only if your applications are using a lot of temporary files. No one is going to be running Photo/Video Editing Software, and the like, on these tablets.
  • I think Microsoft has to take the lead and make a good 8 inch tablet since it's OEM partners wont do it. Microsoft is now testing a mobile device that may be a great dual screen mini tablet with LTE, Windows 10 on ARMS CPU's and use the new "C" shell interface. Some think it may have a Cell phone in it. A lot of people will buy a well made Windows 10- --- 8-inch mini tablet but too few are sold in the market place. I think before the Year is out Microsoft wil bring out a powerful new mini Tablet
  • I would recommend waiting for the Windows 10 on ARM hardware as well. I feel this could be why we are seeing so low Windows 10 tablet support.
  • Wen in India?
  • The fairest comparison is probably the Kindle Fire HD8. For the price ~$80, that is about the level of performance you can expect. I own a Kindle FireHD 8 from 2 generations ago and had to sideload to get any functionality. I couldn't convince the MS store to take it in a trade-in, however, and that was before they stopped selling them.
  • Nice review, I was trying to find the updated model of this which has the USB-C port but I can't find it anywhere. It's not on Amazon or on the Nuvision website as well. This sounds like a decent replacement for my aging HP Stream 7 mini tablet. 
  • Dont buy this. I have a reboot loop on mine and I have to mail for the waranty service with the cost from my own pocket...      
  • I bought a Nextbook Flexx 9 2-in-1 about a year ago for 90$. Overall working OK, not good, maybe due to its 1GB RAM. Cameras and speakers are terribly poor, the USB slot - on the keyboard, not the tablet - stopped working after I tried connecting a printer, bluetooth never worked, but it survived a very noisy fall without a scratch on the screen. Just wondering: How does this tablet compare to it? 
  • Is there a European reseller?
  • Several months ago, I purchased an Insignia P08W7100 for use at my Church. The tablet looks and is spec'ed very similar to the NuVision tablet. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that all entry level Windows tablets are manufactured by a single company...and...NuVision and Best Buy (Insignia) simply have them customized for their respective companies. Overall, the Insignia has been well behaved. The tablet doesn't crash or exhibit any unusual quirks. I have read that QC on entry level Windows tablets...8", 10 and 11...isn't stellar. To be sure, an 8" Windows tablet isn't meant to be a primary computer. The relatively slow response times can be a bit of a turnoff. But, if the limitations of using a device with entry-level components isn't an issue an 8" tablet can be a great consumption device or even be used for light business work via Office mobile apps and even Microsoft's online Office apps.  
  • It appears that 8" tablets are being phased out. Here in the U.S., Best Buy's in-house Insignia brand shows their 8" Windows and Android tablets are discontinued. Microsoft has the 8" NuVision tablet heavily discounted. Looks like 10.1" is now the smallest screen size for Windows tablets going forward.