Yes, that Commodore you used to love and cherish above all now returns and it has taken the shape of an Android-based phone. With it you'll be able to go all nostalgic and play all the original C64 and Amiga games, almost like you used to do.

Do you also get that feeling that everything old is getting 'in style' again? It seems to be same thing with old computers. Commodore does ring a bell, does it not? Every child's dream from the sparkling '80s was the highest-selling single computer model of all time, according to Guiness World Records. In 1994 the company closed and the computers vanished from the market. With a new owner the legend that is Commodore is coming back, hitting the market with a smartphone called Commodore PET (named after the 1977 Commodore PET).

PET with an aluminum frame and interchangeable polycarbonate covers comes installed with Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 5.5-inch IPS 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution display, made out of Gorilla Glass 3. It's powered by a 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core processor, with an ARM Mali T760 graphics chip, up to 3GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh hand removable battery and dual-SIM 4G connectivity. The 13-megapixel rear camera (with flaslight) shoots 1080p videos and snaps photos up to 4,096-by-2,304 pixels, but it also sports an 8-megapixel front-facer with an 80-degree wide-angle lens, according to Wired. The smartphone is additionally equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM radio. However, PET's most notorius features are the two game-changing emulators, the Vice 64 and Uae4All2-SDL Amiga

PET smartphone will be dressed in white, black, or the so-called classic biscuit-beige. You will be able to decide between two versions with various RAM and storage capacity:  300 USD will buy you the light version with 16GB of storage and 2GB RAM, but if you're able to spare another 65 USD, you'll get the regular model with 32GB of memory and 3GB RAM. Both versions of the PET smartphone will include a 32GB microSD card slot, with support for up to 64GB.

In Italy, France, Germany, and Poland PET's launch is expected this week, while other countries will have to be patient for a little while longer, when other colours of the handset may also become available.

July 17, 2015 Living photo: Commodore Business Machines

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