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Samsung Debuts $19.99 Capacitive Pen For Galaxy Tab & Tab 10.1

Samsung has introduced a super cheap conductive stylus for its Galaxy tablet duo, the Tab and the Tab 10.1; the accessory will be available for only $19.99 and should be compatible with other tablets as well.

The one that comes with the HTC Flyer costs $79.99 but is also a more capable one. Samsung says that the tablet stylus is designed to look like a "premium writing instrument", i.e. a posh pen.

The conductive tip of the stylus simulates a finger touch, tap or swipe "to provide a full touch screen environment without leaving a single fingerprint behind."

It doesn't say however how precise the touch feature is and whether for example varying the pressure on the stylus would alter the thickness of a paint stroke in a painting app.

Although the manufacturer hasn't disclosed the exact specifications of the phone, it is likely that it is complex enough to carry a $19.99 price tag.

Samsung (opens in new tab) has yet to confirm whether the the conductive stylus will be available in the UK and, if so, at what cost.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.