The circle is complete: Commodore PET Android phone launches this week

Commodore is bringing back the 80's. Well, sort of. A new Android phone bearing the Commodore name arrives later this week, complete with an emulator for C-64 and Amiga games.

One of the most popular computer names from the 1980s is about to appear on smartphones. This week, four European countries will see the debut of the Commodore PET, a Google Android handset starting at $300.

Wired got an early hands-on with the Commodore PET which has few standout features, although I'd say the price for this package is reasonable.

commodore-pet.png

The base LTE model runs Android 5.0 on a 1.7 GHz Mediatek 64-bit octa-core chip with 2 GB of memory, 16 GB of storage and a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display. A higher priced model will cost $65 more, bumping the storage to 32 GB and include 3 GB of memory.

Both handsets use a 13 megapixel camera sensor from Sony, a 3000 mAh battery, have a built-in FM radio, support two SIM cards and will, according to Wired, include a 32 GB memory card; a nice bonus.

And for the retro crowd -- like me, as I still have my original Commodore 64 from 1983 in working order -- the phones will include two software emulators. These will run legacy apps and games originally designed for Commodore C-64 and Amiga computers.

The new Commodore PET arrives later this week initially in Italy, France, Germany, and Poland with the potential for availability in other European regions as well as America.

Even it's just for nostalgic reasons, I just might bring a new PET into my home. What is dead may never die, right?

Newsletters

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
See All
See All