Commodore Pet Phone Buy
This morning, a story on Wired was published, and it might have you believe some sort of zombie Commodore is building a Commodore-inspired smartphone called the PET, which sounds kind of cool (I guess?).
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Well, here's the thing: I'm not going to say Wired got duped - but they also seem to have missed some pretty glaring red flags about this device that should probably make anyone think twice before getting excited. In particular, I'm guessing this Commodore phone has about as much to do with Commodore as that Energizer phone earlier this year had to do with the company that makes batteries.
So, how does a random smartphone company from the UK (but that is clearly physically based in Italy - all their coverage has been from Italy to date) suddenly pop up with a Commodore smartphone even though Commodore as a company is as dead as all of our childhood goldfish combined? Licensing!
OK, so the two Italian entrepreneurs behind the PET might be playing on nostalgia just a tad in order to sell a few smartphones, but at the very least it's powered by some respectable hardware. The PET sports an aluminium frame, complete with interchangeable polycarbonate covers, should the stock white appearance and Commodore logos not be quite to your taste (although, you might want to think about why you're buying a Commodore phone if that's the case).
That's nothing the world hasn't seen done better in other smartphones before, though. What makes the PET special, according to its creators at least, is its custom version of Android. Yes, a custom version of Android is rarely something to get excited about, but at least with the PET it enables special versions of the VICE C64 emulator and the Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulator.
Users can choose white, black, or classic beige colours, with green and blue arriving later. The phone's creators have promised to bring the PET to other parts of Europe, as well as America at a later date.
The beleaguered Commodore brand has made more comebacks than Status Quo. Now the name is being given one more shove, this time on a smartphone that will contain both Commodore 64 and Amiga emulators.
The Commodore PET, for those still young enough to get into nightclubs, was an all-in-one computer that preceded the VIC-20, Commodore 64 and the Amiga at the end of the 1970s. The name is now being revived for the 21st century equivalent of an all-in-one: the smartphone.
The phone has a pretty decent spec: a 5.5in Full HD IPS display, a quad-core 1.7GHz CPU, 32GB of onboard storage which is expandable to 64GB via the microSD slot, and 3GB of RAM. The PET supports 4G LTE, and has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel snapper on the rear.
It runs a customised version of Android 5, but the feature that's most likely to appeal to retro gaming enthusiasts is the emulators. A Wired report claims the smartphone will ship with customised versions of the VICE C64 emulator and the Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulator. The report claims the phone's manufacturer is working with software houses to bundle some 80s classics with the phone when it ships, although we've heard that before with similar initiatives to revive the Spectrum, which ended in legal disputes.
The Commodore PET smartphone will reportedly cost around $365 (230) when it goes on sale in Europe this week. UK availability and pricing is uncertain at this point. You can sign up on the company's website for further details.
It hasn't been a legitimate name in computing for over 20 years, but somehow the Commodore brand always manages to find a way back into our lives. In 2004, it came back as a simple TV-Game joystick. In 2011, Commodore USA sold gaming PCs stuffed into retro-styled keyboard chassis. Today, the brand is back again--as a nostalgia-stamped 5.5-inch Android smartphone.
Putting its super-obvious nostalgia-grab aside, the Commodore PET (yes, named after that computer) actually sounds like a pretty decent midrange phone--complete with a 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor, a 13-megapixel rear facing camera with a dedicated shutter button and a hefty, 3000 mAh battery. Nothing too special, but there are a few features baked in for fans of the brand, namely a pair of customized emulators for the Commodore 64 and Amiga games.
The phone will be available in Italy, France, Poland and Germany later this month to the tune of about $300, which buys 16GB of storage with an included 32GB micro SD card, and a 32GB version will sell for about $60 more. Live on the wrong side of the world and need a new Commodore in your life? Don't worry--the company says it plans to expand to international markets soon.Update: Of course, there's another way to get it if you don't mind missing out on some of that Commodore re-branding: direct from China. Android Police did a little legwork and found (surprise!) the Commodore Pet is a Orgtec WaPhone with a new logo. The original version of the phone doesn't come with Commodore and Amiga emulators, but it does cost about half as much, minus international shipping.
One of the most popular computer names from the 1980s is about to appear on smartphones. This week, four European countries will see the debut of the Commodore PET, a Google Android handset starting at $300.
And for the retro crowd -- like me, as I still have my original Commodore 64 from 1983 in working order -- the phones will include two software emulators. These will run legacy apps and games originally designed for Commodore C-64 and Amiga computers.
Developer of the well-known Commodore PCs in the 70s and 80s, the company helped usher in the PC era before going bankrupt in 1994. Now the company is teaming up with a pair of Italian entrepreneurs to try its hand at smartphones.
After many years, and a number of trademark disputes(Opens in a new window), Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini registered Commodore Business Machines Limited in the U.K., where they developed the company's first smartphone.
As reported by Wired(Opens in a new window), which got a hands-on look at the new Commodore PET, the Android phone sports an aluminum frame and interchangeable polycarbonate covers that snap onto the 5.5-inch IPS 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution display, made out of Gorilla Glass 3.
Squint hard enough, and you can read the handset's specs, published online(Opens in a new window): 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core processor, 3,000 mAh removable battery, and dual-SIM 4G connectivity. The smartphone also comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM radio.
But the phone's real draw is likely its nostalgia-inducing gameplay. Running a custom version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, alongside the VICE C64 and Uae4All-SDL Amiga emulators, Commodore's PET aims to equip users with some of the best 1980s games.
In a nod to the forebears of modern computing, two entrepreneurs based in Italy (named Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini) have designed an Android smarthphone that manages to pay homage to the Commodore systems of yore. As part of their throwback, there are a few things they have included with this device.
First, they include the Commodore name across the back, with a modified logo to go with it. Second, there is a pair of game emulators, one to play VICE C64 for the Commodore 64, and Uae4AII2-SDL for emulating Amiga games. The phone itself will have an aluminum frame and polycarbonate covers that are interchangeable. They also mention the pricing for the devices, which is $300 for the lower model (2GB of Ram with 16G of storage) and $365 for the higher level one (3GB RAM, 32GM storage); both model ship with a 32GB SD card as well. The initial release will be for Poland, France, and Germany, with more European nations, and a US release coming in the future.
From the go, people were questioning this new Commodore brand that seemingly popped up out of no-where, and apparently, judging from the language, was based in Italy. But hype is hype, and a number of people were convinced enough to take the plunge and order this new branded phone.
In the comments of this video, there are a couple of commenters claiming to have received a phone, but there are also a fair few commenters with negative feedback. Positive feedback is a little on the thin side.
During the same period, Commodore Holdings, also registered the C logo, again with a failed opposition from Massimo and Carlo. Crucially, these two marks were only registered to classes 25, for clothing, footwear and headgear and 38, for telecommunications. Although the latter, puts them in pretty good stead to legally retaliate on the class 9 smartphone use. Trademark law is incredibly complex.
As someone who does enjoy classic gaming from time to time, this idea from Commodore may scratch some users right where they itch. Even after so many years in existence, emulation remains a very difficult thing to master. From legal issues to the software running games, emulation still has many issues to iron out. If Commodore is able to release a dedicated smartphone to old-school gaming without requiring constant changes or modifications to the phone, the PET could a very successful phone. This author commends Commodore from trying something new after so many years in purgatory.
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to build and assemble a mini replica of the PET commodore. This isn't necessarily useful or an actual computer, it's just a cool prop. You will however, hopefully gain some experience, learn something new and have fun :-)
The dual-SIM 4G phone comes in two versions: a 16GB model with 2GB RAM at about $300 and a 32GB variant with 3GB RAM at roughly $365. Both will come with a 32GB expansion card in a memory slot that supports MicroSD cards up to 64GB in capacity.
I don't blame you. I've fallen victim to it, too. Though admittedly, I don't think anyone fell prey to the rebranded Commodore phone, as that was just bloody silly. A cheap Android phone branded with a dead name and some free emulator slapped on it? 041b061a72