The Commodore PET is an affordable Android Lollipop smartphone with pre-installed retro game emulators

The Commodore PET is an affordable Android Lollipop smartphone with pre-installed retro game emulators
Commodore International is a now-defunct company that was famous in the 1980s for its legendary 8-bit Commodore 64 desktop PC (sold in over 10 million units). While the company itself ceased to exist back in 1994, the Commodore trademark still exists, and it now belongs to a UK-based company owned by "a pair of Italian entrepreneurs" and called Commodore Business Machines Limited. Well, this company has made an Android smartphone that's supposed be released in the near future.

Called Commodore PET, the new handset already has a website of its own, and will be available in Europe (including in Italy, France, Germany, and Poland), as well as in America. This isn't vaporware: folks from trusted publication Wired already played with a prototype of the phone, while also taking plenty of photos of it.

The Commodore PET runs a custom version of Android Lollipop, and will come with two retro game emulators pre-installed: a VICE C64 emulator, and a Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulator. Of course, these names don't say much to most of today's smartphone users. Nevertheless, the emulators should allow those who are in love with retro games to get their fix.

Specs-wise, the Commodore PET is an upper-mid-range smartphone that sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. The handset features LTE, dual SIM support, an 8 MP front-facing camera, a 13 MP rear camera, and a 3000 mAh battery. There will be a version of the phone with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of expandable storage space, and another one with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of expandable storage space. They'll be sold for around $300 and around $365, respectively, coming with free 32 GB microSD cards in the box.

It's said that the Commodore PET will have multiple color versions, including white, black, "biscuit-beige", and possibly also blue, green, and others. It's not clear exactly when the Commodore PET should be available to buy, but soon is a good guess. Is anyone interested in getting this new smartphone?


sources: Commodore, Wired, Wired Italy via Android Central

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17 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Stopped reading at MediaTek processor.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Any 64bit MTK 8core phone can handle all android emulators bar maybe PPSSPP so should it should suffice

6. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Hold breathing at ..odor! bad smell :)

11. waddup121 unregistered

Commodore came back

15. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

Better than overheating snapdragon 615 or 810...

17. macnsee

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 12, 2015

I live in London, opened an account in their web page, payed for a Commodore-pet smartphone on 25th july online, and was swiftly charged on my card. An electronic receipt was generated, but never got the slightest clue to when the phone would be delivered. I have sent 3 emails to this phantom company, asking for the estimated delivery date to no avail. Really starting to think is a is a complete scam. Hope not, but if in the UK, please restrain until there can be proof that this company really exists at all. For the moment will cross my fingers.....

18. Nafcom

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 2015

Well, hopefully it's not a scam. So we invited them for an interview in our podcast and they accepted. It has been released yesterday and can be found here, enjoy : sceneworld.org/blog/2015/09/25/podcast-episode-13-​commodore-business-machines/

3. Furbal unregistered

Is OPPO/oneplus selling off the frames they arent using? Quite a few look alikes around now.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Maybe screens and cameras too...

5. dvassafor

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

It needs faux wood, no curves and brown.

7. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

Geared towards gaming with a Media tech and rear facing speaker?

8. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

Geared towards gaming with a Mediatek and rear facing speaker?

9. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And ZTE is trying to sell their Axon 32gb variant with no micro sd slot for $500. For 5.5" phones, I think One Plus Two and Samsung Note 5 will reign the market and maybe Commodore too if they release this on Asia.

12. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

That logo brought a smile to my face. I had the Commodore 64 back in the day.

13. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

The front looks a bit like Xperia Arc S and Oppo Find 7

14. CptPwn

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

MediaTek, Commodore usually have Motorola CPUs. :P Where do I sign up?

16. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Y u no use Nvidia chipset?!

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