HTC Flyer stylus sold separately, $80 at Best Buy

Various sites are reporting that the stylus for the HTC Flyer will cost $80, but there's no official word from HTC.

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The Scribe pen and note-taking abilities is what makes the HTC Flyer special, but at what cost? Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

One of the coolest features about the upcoming HTC Flyer is the Scribe and digital ink technology that lets you take notes, draw pictures, and more, right on the tablet with a stylus. However, it looks like you'll have to pay extra for that privilege.

As first reported by DroidLife, Best Buy currently has the HTC Digital Pen for the Flyer listed at $79.99, on top of the $499.99 for the tablet itself. Though this may be Best Buy's price, HTC told CNET that it has not announced pricing for the stylus but did confirm that it will be sold as a separate accessory to the Flyer, as well as the upcoming HTC Evo View for Sprint.

This news is upsetting to say the least. The HTC Flyer has a wonderful design and high-quality build, but it's not even running the latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb software nor does it have a dual-core processor. The whole allure of the Flyer is the Scribe pen and to make it an optional accessory, and an expensive one at that, does not bode well for the tablet. Not when you consider the competition and see tablets, like the Wi-Fi version of the 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, costing less and offering more.

That's just my 2 cents, though. What do you think?

Update: CNET's full review of the HTC Flyer is now available.