You’ve likely heard the name Commodore no matter how old you are. They were classic computers back in the ’80s, selling 17 million units and earning the title of best selling computer. But in the ’90s, the company went bankrupt and we haven’t seen much since.
Now we’re getting a new product from Commodore, but it’s a big surprise. Instead of being a computer, the company is releasing an Android smartphone. The device is made by a couple of Italian entrepreneurs, but the Commodore name is slapped on the hardware. And the device will be named the PET, a throwback to a model of PC.
The device will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display coated in Gorilla Glass 3, a 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor, a 13MP Sony rear camera, an 8MP wide angle front facing camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It also has replaceable rear polycarbonate covers and a dedicated camera button on the side (that last feature I love), as well as dual SIM and 4G support.
On the software side you’ll find Android 5.0 Lollipop, but the company will be including both Commodore 64 and Amiga emulators so you can play retro games on your device, just to give the name some meaning.
The device will launch for $300 for the 2GB RAM/16GB memory model and $365 for the 3GB RAM/32GB memory, though both devices will come with a 32GB microSD installed. It launches later this week in Italy, France, Germany, and Poland and will be expanding soon. It’s definitely a cool device for a decent price, so keep an eye out for more news!