Within the increasingly crowded tablet market, prices are falling on larger slates as makers clear the path for a new wave of models.
Companies have also been dropping costs on -- or in Apple's case creating -- smaller, seven-inch products to maintain a pricing edge. There's "opportunity in the low-end segment," says Tim Tang, an analyst with market research firm IDC.
Falling material and labor costs are also allowing makers to move their MSRPs.
Amazon Kindle Fire, $159
Down from $199 last year
Google Nexus 7, $199
Expected to drop $50 or so when new model debuts this year
Apple iPad mini, $329
vs. $499 for full-size iPad
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