Commodore returns with an emulator-equipped smartphone

Commodore PET smartphone

People of a certain age *awkwardly tugs collar* tend to get a little misty-eyed when talking about the great Commodore 64, as it was the machine that helped usher an entire generation into the world of personal computing.

Now, after changing hands several times over the last two decades, Wired is reporting that the Commodore name is back – as an Android-powered smartphone.

The Commodore PET (named after the Commodore's first full-featured computer from 1977) has a 5.5 inch display, a 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor, a 13-megapixel rear facing camera and a 3000 mAh battery.

Sorry mum, can't talk – playing LeMans

The PET also comes equipped with two custom emulators that allow us nostalgic-types to revisit our favourite Commodore 64 and Amiga games (I'm coming for you, California Games).

It will be priced at around US$300 (approx. AU$400/£190) for the 16 GB model (which comes with a 32 GB microSD card), though true Commodore fans will want to spend $US360 (approx. AU$485/£230) for the 32 GB version which, when combined with its included additional storage, kind of makes it a Commodore "64" once more...

The phone will initially be available to buy later this month in Italy, France, Poland and Germany, and is expected to be released to the rest of the world in the not-too-distant future.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.