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We usually cover concepts, leaks, prototypes and renders, but this was too good to be missed. Apparently, there’s a Commodore smartphone out there, one ready to burst into the mainstream scene within a few days. The Commodore branding is no accident here, since the handset will come with preinstalled retro game emulators.
Commodore International was a big deal in the 1980s and all of you watchers of the “Halt and Catch Fire” show probably know that. The company had a legendary 8 bit Commodore 64 desktop PC, that sold millions of units. The brand Commodore still exists and right now it’s been linked to an UK company that handles the PET handset. This model is going to debut in Europe very soon and the publication Wired has already played with a prototype.
PET runs a version of Android Lollipop, that has been customized to include a VICE C64 emulator and an Amiga emulator too. Other than that the handset is a 5.5 inch Full HD affair, with a 64 bit octa core MediaTek CPU in the mix too, as well as LTE and dual SIM slots. There’s an 8 megapixel camera here for selfies and a main 13 MP unit, as well as a 3000 mAh battery.
The basic price tag is $300 and the device will come with 16 or 32 GB of storage, but the version with more storage will cost a bit more. The handset also has an aluminum frame and interchangeable polycarbonate covers. Would you buy it?