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Commodore PET Phone Puts Retro Computing Style in Your Pocket

The creators of a new Commodore smartphone are hoping to trade on the brand's sentimental value among retro computer aficionados.

If you were into computers back in the 1980s, the name Commodore almost certainly rings a bell. The company's iconic C64 computers were found in households worldwide, though they were soon to be replaced by Windows machines, Macs and Nintendos. The brand has sentimental value to millions, however, and the creators of a new smartphone hope to trade on that.

The Commodore PET, named after a model the company put out before the C64, is a good-sized Android smartphone with mid-to-high-range specs: 5.5-inch 1080p screen, big battery, 13-megapixel camera with a nice lens, and two SIM card slots.

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The real draw, however, might be the built-in C64 and Amiga emulators — software that runs old games. The company told Wired the phone will also ship with a number of games, but didn't say just which.

You'll only be able to pick up a PET this week if you're in Europe, where a basic model will sell for about $300, and a pumped-up version with more RAM and storage will go for around $365. The plan is to bring the device to the U.S., however, so hold tight.