Commodore returns with the PET smartphone

The Commodore is returning, but this time in the form of a smartphone instead of a PC – but it may not be coming to the UK.

It’ named after the previous PET computer the firm launched in the 70s.

The 16GB smartphone will be available in Italy, France, Poland and Germany later this month, with a price tag of around $300 (£192), while a 32GB variant will cost customers about $60 (£38) more.

Commodore has also revealed that it plans to expand the device to other international markets soon.

Until now the Commodore brand has remained under the radar, after launching its last PC product back in 2011.

Now, the brand has produced a mid-range smartphone, which boasts a 13MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing camera, both of which are operated by a dedicated shutter button.

The PET is also powered by a 3,000mAh battery and a 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor.

It features a 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, plus users can control and interact with the phone by shaking, flipping and waving at it.

The PET features Commodore’s name and logo, however the new Commodore brand is actually known as Commodore Business Machines Limited in the UK, which was founded by Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini. 

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