The HTC Flyer’s stylus will retail separately for $79.99, according to Best Buy’s Web site. (HTC/AP)

According to Best Buy’s site, the tablet’s stylus — a main component of the gadget — will be sold separately for $79.99.

HTC has been heavily marketing the Flyer and the company’s Scribe technology, which lets users write, highlight, collate notes and record audio. The tech is supposed to help the gadget distinguish itself from the glut of tablets that have hit the market since the iPad.

Having the pen retail by itself for $80 is probably not a good move for HTC, as it essentially prices the WiFi-only tablet above the cheapest iPad 2. With the pen, the 16GB, single-core Flyer will cost about $580 — pushing closer in price to the dual-core 32GB iPad 2 for $599.99.

Does this news change your mind about the Flyer?

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