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Commodore Smartphone: '80s Brand Joining Android Market

By    |   Thursday, 16 July 2015 07:33 AM

Commodore, the computer company popular in the 80s, will soon release a smartphone.

Wired reported this week that two Italian entrepreneurs, Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini, have acquired the rights for the brand and trademark and have nearly completed testing of their Android-based smartphone, the Commodore PET — named after the brand's early computer model from 1977.

The company also released pictures of the forthcoming phone on Twitter, garnering many ooh's and ahh's from the tech community.

The phone will be available next week in Italy, France, Germany, and Poland, with America to follow in the near future.

Because the Commodore computers were once famous for their video games, the developers have pre-installed two emulators that allow customers to play some of the best and most beloved games from the 80s. That means games like "Zork," "M.U.L.E.," and "Miner 2049’r."

The smartphone, which starts at around $300, will be available in white, black, or a classic biscuit-beige case.

Re/code reported Thursday that in addition to Commodore, "An outfit called Bullitt Group licensed the Kodak name for a line of smartphones and also sells rugged phones under the Cat brand licensed from heavy equipment maker Caterpillar."

"This is all made possible in a world where, under the hood, most Android phones are basically alike, with brand being the big separator," the tech publication added.


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