We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. This is how we make money.

Commodore-branded Android phablet outed with C64 emulator

The iconic Commodore brand has been brought back to life, with the announcement of a new Android smartphone bearing the 80s computing firm’s iconic logo.

The Commodore PET, which will hit Europe this week according to a Wired report, will ship with two built-in gaming emulators that will allow users to play classic C64 and Amiga titles on a 5.5in touchscreen.

The handset will pack the VICE C64 and the Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulators, while the makers are said to be working with software companies to bring some of the most iconic games of the era to the handset before it ships to the public.

The surprise announcement comes courtesy of two Italian entrepreneurs, who now own the trademark to the company that went out of business more than 20 years ago. As such, Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini’s device has zero connection to the original company beyond the logo.

The handset will go on sale in Italy, France, Germany and Poland at first, with launches in the US and UK planned shortly thereafter.

Judging by the spec sheet, the new Commodore PET will be a very capable mid-range Android handset. The aluminium frame bearing the Commodore logo will be fronted by a 5.5in 1080p display and a Gorilla Glass 3 covering.

Related:
10 Best iPhone games to play in 2015

Under the hood, it will be powered by a 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core MediaTek processor. an ARM Mali T760 GPU, 2GB (or 3GB) RAM and a 3,000maAh battery.

There’s a 13-megapixel Sony sensor on the rear, which can also shoot 1080p videos, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Prices for the new Commodore PET will start at around $300 (about £190) for the 16GB version, according to the report (via The Verge), and it will be available in white, black and “classic biscuit-beige” colours.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.