Commodore is back. Yes, the brand that introduced computing to people born in the 70s is having another crack at the 21st century, this time with an Android-powered smartphone. 70’s generation like me would love to buy one of these, Just to keep Commodore alive in our hearts.
While the brand name is probably most famous for being attached to the Commodore 64 and the VIC 20, Commodore’s first PC was the PET 2001, shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show back in 1977.
The acronym PET stands for Personal Electronic Transactor, rather adorably.
The new PET is a fairly high-specced phone, with the Commodore Smart website revealing that while this 5.5-inch number might only be sporting a 1,920 by 1,080 resolution, it has a fair bit going on under the hood.
The 64-bit octa-core processor runs at 1.7GHz and is backed up by 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of storage with an extra 64GB of MicroSD supported and the battery is 3,000mAh.
Camera-wise the PET has a 13-megapixel snapper on the rear and 8 megapixels on the front for your selfie and Skype needs. Finally, it’s going to ship with Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop installed
The processor is being made by Mediatek and there’s an ARM Mali T760 GPU inside.
Wired also reported that the specs above are for the high-end model, which will cost $365, or around £235/AU$470. A lower end model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage will be available for $300 (roughly £190/AU$400).
PET will also have two emulators pre-installed to run vintage software: VICE, a Commodore 64 emulator, and the unfortunately named Uae4All2-SDL which will run Amiga programs.
The Commodore PET is, once again according to Wired, initially launching in Italy, France, Germany, and Poland with more European and American countries getting the phone at a later date.