One of the things that sets the HTC Flyer apart from virtually every other Android tablet on the market is the support for a stylus for precise, pressure-sensitive input. This makes it possible to draw pictures, take handwritten notes, or perform other tasks that are hard to do with a fingertip. But it looks like the HTC Flyer might not actually ship with the stylus. Best Buy is showing the digital pen as a separate accessory for $79.99.
It’s possible that what we’re looking at is the price of a spare pen, but I have yet to see any confirmation that a pen will come with the HTC Flyer. All we know is that the tablet has an active digitizer and can support either pen or finger input.
The HTC Flyer wouldn’t be the first Android tablet to be largely defined by an optional accessory that isn’t included in the base price. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is notable largely because the Android tablet has an optional keyboard docking station which lets you use the device like a notebook computer — but the keyboard dock adds $150 to the base price of the $400 tablet.
The HTC Flyer is expected to ship later this month for about $500. The tablet features a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon single core processor, a 7 inch 600 x 1024 pixel display, 16GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and front and rear cameras. It runs Google Android 2.3 with custom HTC Scribe software for pen input.
I have a call in to HTC to see if I can find out for certain whether the tablet or whether you’ll need to pay extra for it. But for now it’s starting to look like it could be the latter.
Update: Droid-Life received confirmation from HTC that the stylus would be sold separately, although HTC hasn’t confirmed the price.
via Android Central