Commodore Is Back and Targeting the Smartphone Market With New Android Phone

For those of you too young to know who Commodore is, you should know that it was a big tech company back in the ’80s who went into the Guinness record for selling thousands of Commodore 64 desktop units daily. The craze for the Commodore 64 was so big that it was named ‘the single biggest-selling computer ever’, selling around 17 millions worldwide.

But enough about what the company did in the past, let us focus on the present and the future. If you thought Commodore’s days are over, think again! There have been a bit of confusion when Commodore Amiga, a potential Apple Mac Mini rival, was announced back in 2012, but we haven’t heard anything about it since then and it also seems the Commodore USA website which delivered the latter information went offline.

However, the latest news from Commodore is that the company seems to shift its focus on the smartphone market. Besides the Commodore 64, their first desktop computer was named Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor). Well, their first ever smartphone bears the same name, so say hello to Commodore’s new PET smartphone!

The new, improved and ‘miniaturized’ version of the PET seems to be running on Android 5.0 and features a 5.5-inch IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution display. In terms of performance, it comes with a Mediatek 64-bit Octa-Core CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz and features the ARM Mali T760 GPU. Even the battery seems promising, coming with a huge 3,000 mAh pack.

Other features consist of a 13-megapixel back camera made by Sony, with a f/2.0 aperture, being able to snap pictures at a resolution of up to 4096×2304 pixels and record 1080p HD videos. There is also a 8-megapixel front camera with an 80° wide-angle, which can also be triggered by the side shutter button. You won’t be disappointed in terms of connectivity either, having the handset come with dual-sim support, 4G LTE compatibility.

To bring forth the nostalgia of old times, Commodore said to have built in a VICE C64 emulator and the Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulator and is working with some software developers to port its old ’80 Commodore games to the latest PET handset. So now that some, if not all of you are excited about the information, let’s move on to the most important bit… when will we see it on the market? You’ll be more hyped by that information.

The Commodore PET is said to launch later this week in two versions. The ‘light’ version is said to feature 2GB of RAM, 16 GB storage and be priced at around $300, while a higher-end version will be featuring 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage and a price tag of $365. In terms of storage space, you should know that the handset is said to already be fitted with a 32GB microSD card, but information states it can support microSD cards of up to 64GB. So, this means you can get your very one portable Commodore PET with a total of either 80 or 96 GB, depending on what model you fancy.

The initial launch will be in Europe with the first countries to see the handset named to be Italy, France, Germany, and Poland, but more are bound to be added to the list in the near future. Given the old Commodore fans are still out there, demands for the new PET smartphone is likely to build up really quick. Will you order one? Let us know!

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Samsung Reveals Upcoming Exynos SoCs, Exynos 5244 To Be 34 Percent Faster

Samsung has been silent about its upcoming Exynos SoCs in the past, mainly due to the fact that the technology is going to be behind the 2nd generation of Samsung Galaxy S5 handest. Now with MWC and companies showing off their ‘best of the best’ gadgets and technology, Samsung has officially released some details about the two upcoming Exynos, the 5422 and 5260.

The Exynos 5422 SoC is said to be an Octa-Core having the first Cortex A15 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and the remaining Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, while having the ability to use all eight cores at the same time. The chip supports samsung’s big.LITTLE Heterogeneous Multi Processing and is stated to be up to 34 percent faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 5 Octa.

The Exynos 5260, also known as the Exynos 5 Hexa announced in the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which features six cores composed of two high-performance Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz.

It is said that both the Exynos 5422 and 5260 support high-resolution displays including Quad HD 2560×1440 and the QWXGA 2560×1600 while Exynos 5422 also supports 4K video recording. In terms of availability, the Exynos 5 Hexa 5260 is said to be already in production having the Exynos 5422 at the point of entering it this quarter.

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PadFone Infinity Lite Announced By Asus

Asus has announced another PadFone handset, shortly after revealing the Padfone Mini and PadFone E devices, named PadFone Infinity Lite. It is said that the handset announced is not that different from the Infinity 2 which was announced in Q2 last year.

The difference, from what is reported, between the PadFone Infinity Lite and Infinity 2 stands in their processor. The PadFone Infinity 2 sports a Quad-Core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, while the PadFone Infinity Lite comes with a slightly less capable processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7 GHz. Besides the CPU, the Infinity Lite is also said to come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box, however it is likely to be updated to the more recent Android 4.4 KitKat at a certain point.

As all Asus PadFones, the Infinity Lite consists of a smartphone and a tablet dock. It has a 5-inch screen display boasting a 1080 x 1920 pixels resultion (having the tablet dock sporting a 10.1-inch display with the same resolution), a 13 MP rear camera, 32 GB of storage space, 2 GB of Ram, and a 2,400 mAh battery (5,000 mAh for the tablet dock).

The PadFone Infinity Lite has been announced in Taiwan, having the release date set in March for a price tag of around $463 / £276 for the handset. The docking station is said to be sold separately at around $230 / £138. Asus did not say when, or if, the handset will be available internationally however.

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LG Announces G Pad 8.3 On The US Market

LG announced US availability of G Pad 8.3, its comeback attempt at a flagship tablet, in the interesting size category of 8-inch class, that sees the likes of iPad mini, Galaxy Note 8.0. The US market gets the WiFi-only variant, available through popular electronics stores, such as Best Buy, where it will be in stock nationwide, starting from November 3rd.

The G Pad 8.3 builds on the design scheme of the LG G2, it features an 8.3-inch IPS LCD screen with WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels) resolution, which converts to 273 ppi of pixel density. Its primary camera features a 5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. Under the hood is Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, with a quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz; wired to 2 GB of RAM, up to 16 GB of storage that’s expandable, and a 4600 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.1.2 “Jelly Bean,” with the same UI as the LG G2.

LG didn’t reveal US Pricing of the G Pad 8.3, so we have to wait a bit. Thank God it’s not the end of the world.

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HTC One Max Spotted in Public

The most wanted phone that has the word “leaks” attributed alongside its name is undoubtedly the HTC One Max, according to recent statistics. However, multiple photos of the One Max “taking a stroll” in the public were made public today. The facts point out that the One Max is a huge phablet, and also that it has a fingerprint reader at the back, below the camera module. And people love it.

The fingerprint sensor at the back understandably garners most of the attention, with the rest of the device nearly identical to the normal-sized sibling, the HTC One. The Beats logo is gone too, after the two companies ended their partnership with HTC selling back their stake. Also, a retail posting of the HTC One Max finally confirms all of its internal specifications. It lists the 5.9 inch (Super LCD 3) display and the 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD) featured on it. It also confirms the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor powering the device, a disappointment for those who were hoping for the 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 to be under the hood. 16GB of native storage is listed as is the UltraPixel camera. And a very un-HTC-like 3300mAh battery is also confirmed to be powering the phablet.

There are only a few days left until HTC  officially reveals their first phablet, so hang in there.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 On Route To MetroPCS

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is rumored to be on its way to MetroPCS. Unfortunately, the Mega is apparently SIM-locked to MetroPCS and there’s no word on it being available for other carriers, such as T-Mobile. However, for MetroPCS customers interested in grabbing their very own, it should be available in the MetroPCS stores in time for holidays, and the “should be available” is to be taken into consideration since no official news has been released yet.

In terms of specs, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 has a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB internal memory expandable to 64GB with microSD, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Android 4.2, a 6.3″ HD (1280 x 720) display screen and a 3200mAh battery.

Sadly these are all the rumors floating around the web for this amazing 6.3″ device, however more leaks tend to arrive sooner or later, so let’s hope it is sooner rather than later.

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