The Commodore 64 Returns… as a Smartphone

It would not be a surprise if the title of this article raises some eyebrows. The entire concept is one that takes a bit of getting used too.

Quick background for those of you who don’t know the Commodore 64 is one of the most beloved and successful gaming computers of all time that launched back in 1982. Despite its overwhelming success the company, Commodore International, when bankrupt in the mid 90’s and the trademark has been in varying states of limbo since.

The famous name is back on electronics and is now a smartphone known as the Commodore PET. The phone is an android based system.

The people bringing Commodore back are two Italian business men based in the UK who recently met with a Wired. The duo launched a company named Commodore Business Machines Limited.

The phone itself is a slick device with a 5.5-inch IPS 1920×1080 pixel resolution display, a 3000 mAh battery, and a slew of other features. Look at us listing off tech specs.

The biggest draw to classic gaming nerds like some of us at Games Cabin is the phone’s ability to emulate C64 and Amiga game titles.

The PET accomplishes this by running a custom Android OS with modified versions of two popular C64 and Amiga emulators.

The Commodore PET launches later this week in select countries in Europe with plans to expand the market to the rest of Europe and the Americas. There will be two models of the phone; a 16GB storage/2GB RAM version for $300 and a 32GB storage/3GB RAM version for $365. Both will also come with a 32GB micro-SD card.

So, are you interested in picking up this device? Have any memories of the original Commodore 64? Leave a comment down below!

One comment

Leave a Reply