Commodore PET Android phone
With its PET Android phone, Commodore is bringing back the 1980’s. The smartphone has a few standout features. It’s even equipped with an emulator for C-64 and Amiga games, one of the most popular first computer games. The Commodore PET, a Google Android handset starts at $300. This price seems to be very reasonable for a basic model. It runs Android 5.0 on a 1.7 GHz Mediatek 64-bit octa-core chip with 2 GB of memory, 16 GB of storage and a 5.5.-inch 1080 IPS display. A higher priced model costs about 65$ more. A higher priced model bumps the storage to 32 GB and includes 3 GB of memory (but it costs $65 more). However both handsets use a 13-megapixel camera sensor from Sony with a bright f/2.0 aperture. The front camera is an 8-megapixel rig with an 80-degree wide angle lens. Both have a 3000 mAh battery and a built-in FM radio. The smartphone has dual-SIM 4G connectivity, that means that it supports two SIM cards.
As to software emulators, the device will run apps and games originally designed for Commodore C-64 and Amiga computers.
The Commodore PET Android is of rather common design, with an aluminium frame and interchangeable covers.
Let’s say that Commodore, founded in 1954 in Toronto, Canada, used to be a leader in personal computers with its Commodore 64 desktops. According to Guinness, Commodore was the single biggest-selling computer ever, as the company sold as many as 17 million of desktops. Still, the company folded in 1994. Since that, the brand saw several changes of trademark ownership. Finally, in 2013, a court ruled that the trademark belonged to Commodore Holding B.V. But today it’s reappearing on a new smartphone, called the PET Android. The question is how a company declared bankrupt two decades ago could release a new product. In fact, in March 2015, Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini registered Commodore Business Machines Limited in the UK. They announced that they had acquired rights for the brand and trademark in the mobile industry in 38 countries.
The new Commodore PET smartphone is an interesting device, and it proves that technological nostalgia is a nice thing!
Commodore PET smartphone. Source of the image: gamezone.com