Commodore Resurrects As An Android Phone

Posted: Jul 15 2015, 10:22am CDT | by , in News | Technology News


Commodore Resurrects as an Android Phone

The Commodore PET is an Android Phone with preinstalled VICE C64 and Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulators.

Geeks and computer enthusiasts from the 80s and 90s are familiar with the Commodore 64, an 8-bit computer that is considered to be the highest-selling single computer model of all time, according to the Guinness World Records. Unfortunately, Commodore International, the company behind Commodore 64 went bankrupt, forcing it stop production.

But Commodore will live on. Over the years, the brand moved from one owner to another, as trademark ownerships were fought. But the latest incarnation of Commodore is promising. In March, Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini registered Commodore Business Machines Limited and got the rights for the name. Their idea was create a mobile phone—one that would feature its predecessor’s flair.

The Commodore PET, as it is called, runs a custom Android OS and, interestingly, includes two emulators so that fans can relive the classic C64 and Amiga games. According to Wired, the Android phone is made from aluminum and polycarbonate. It features a 5.5-inch IPS Gorilla Glass 3 display with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution. The main shooter uses a 13-megapixel sensor from Sony; its front camera has an 8-megapixel sensor and an 80-degree wide angle lens.

Under the hood is a 1.7 GHz Mediatek 64-bit octa-core processor with an ARM Mali T760 GPU. There’s also a huge 3,000mAh battery ensures that it has ample power to last all day. The Commodore PET will arrive in two models: one has 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM and the other has 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. They will retail for $300 and $365, respectively. The phone will be available in Italy, France, Germany and Poland.  

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/21" rel="author">Gene Ryan Briones</a>
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.




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