Commodore Making Comeback With Smartphone That Runs Classic Games

New, affordable device lets you play Commodore 64 and Amiga games.


Legendary computing brand Commodore is making a comeback, with a new smartphone called the Pet.

Details from official channels are scarce for the time being, but tech site Wired reports that the Pet will run a modified version of Android 5.0 Lollipop. It will ship with Commodore 64 and Amiga emulators pre-installed, however no games will be included out of the box.

Commodore has also revealed it's working with other software teams to bring classic games to the phone around launch.

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The phone is due to launch in Europe at some point in July, and will ship in two versions. One will come with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM, while the other will ship with 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. They'll cost $365 and $300 respectively, though region-specific pricing is yet to be revealed.

Both versions will carry a 5.5-inch screen, a 64-bit, 1.7GHz Mediatek processor, and will have 4G connectivity. Front-facing and rear-facing cameras are 8MP and 13MP respectively, and both can be operated using a dedicated button on the phone's edge.

The phone will include a 32GB micro SD card, but also support cards with up to 64GB of storage. The three colours to choose from at launch are black, white, or beige.

The Pet, which takes its name from the line of Commodore PCs that started production in 1977, is not being made by the Commodore of old, though. This new smartphone is the brainchild of Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini, two Italian entrepreneurs who purchased the rights to use the Commodore name and logo back in March.

For more information on the Commodore Pet, check out the official website here.

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