Wired has today revealed that after two decades the Commodore brand has returned, but this time not in the form of a computer but as an Android phone.
Maybe some of you won’t remember this but back in the 1990s there was an 8-bit desktop computer called the Commodore 64, it was the most popular PC at the time with around 17 million units sold in total, which makes it not only the most popular PC at that time, but also one of the most popular PCs of all time.
The 64 did disappear as the original company went out of business in 1994, but now Commodore is back.
According to Wired a two Italian entrepreneurs, Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini have acquired the rights to the Commodore name in several countries, allowing them to announce a new Commodore branded product called the Commodore PET.
The PET is an Android 5.0 Lollipop handset that has a focus on gaming with two in-built emulators.
It also has a 5.5 inch 1080p IPS display with a 64-bit 1.7GHz octal-core processor from Mediatek, with a 13 megapixel f/2.0 rear-facing camera with a dedicated shutter button, a 3,000 mAh battery and a polycarbonate rear shell that allows users to swap out the back and change colour.
There will be a 16 GB version with 2GB of RAM for around $300 unlocked, and a 32GB version with 3GB of RAM for $365. Both will also include a 32GB microSD card.