HTC Magic Pen

The first European pricing information for the HTC Flyer's "Magic Pen" has emerged over at the manufacturer's European accesory store. The stylus (and AAAA-battery) will set you back £47.99 in the UK, and €49.99 in the eurozone.

This fits with the recently-revealed US pricing information for the stylus, which Best Buy is listing for $79.99. Like Best Buy, the HTC accessories store is also selling cases and screen protectors for the Flyer, which range from £15 through to £26. If you plan on picking up a Flyer over the next few weeks, let us know in the comments whether you'll be splashing out on any accessories to go with it.

Update: It's worth noting that a pen will be included with the Flyer when purchased -- these prices are just for replacement pens.

Source: HTC Accessory Store; via: TabletCommunity; Thanks, Jakob!

 
There are 12 comments
Hear that? It's the sound of fail for charging for the damn input device. It may only be 80 bucks, but it just feels like a gouging to me.

CaMelGuY1337 says:

This is a huge fail on HTC's part. Not including this in the box is really gonna hurt this tablet.

Franwella says:

The one forgiving factor for this tablet being 7" was the unique stylus/pen. The device was marketed for having a new and convenient use for a stylus. To expect people to purchase the pen separately is criminal, then to add insult to injury, they want people to pay $80! That's outrageous!

If manufacturing etc costs demand the cost then you bundle it all together. The pen goes in the box. The whole box price accommodates the cost.

jbrown1114 says:

So, if the pen is sold seprately, would that imply that it could be usable with other tablets, or is there flyer specific software needed to support it? I believe I read that it is a bluetooth device, so it would be interisting to see if it could work on other platforms.

yapkuen says:

The pen communicates over Bluetooth, but I do recall Engadget saying that the screen itself also contains a special N-Trig designed panel.

This is the million dollar question.

yapkuen says:

Interesting bit I just noticed -- if you click the HTC Accessory Store source link, it actually says in the item description that the pen is a "replacement for the inbox Magic Pen supplied with the HTC Flyer."

So it seems that, at least in Europe, the Flyer is still slated to ship with a pen in the box.

Nirvana328 says:

the plot thickens...

So although this is the UK version, I find it hard to believe that HTC would include the pen in the UK but not in the US. The nerd rage from that would be unlike anything ever seen before in heaven or hell. Even HTC isn't that stupid.

strikethree says:

I wouldn't bet against company stupidity... all it takes is a bunch of out of touch decision makers to magically pull numbers out of their behind to make idiotic decisions.

Nirvana328 says:

I guess we'll have to see. Either we'll get the pen, or a good show. Either way should be interesting ;)

Samadroid says:

HTC Flyer sets sail,How high can it fly with a magic pen?

Android 3.0 seems to be the “killer feature” that has grabbed the attention of the tech media.HTC Flyer is also euiped with a Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.Maybe it is really a tablet like no other–a sleek tablet and a magic pen that transoforms any situation

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