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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Next Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview Coming to More Handsets

Microsoft has stated in a blog post that its Windows 10 for phones Technical Preview released last month was available for “very limited” devices. The decision was made due to the partition size, having the company select just a few devices that matched its requirements.

The upcoming Technical Preview for Windows 10 for phones is said to be available for more devices this time, having Microsoft coming up with a process by the name of “partition stitching”. The latter process is said to essentially resize the partition dynamically, a process that would allow previously unsupported handsets run the upcoming Technical Preview distribution.

The company states that it requires one more week of engineering before releasing the new build, but the device list looks to be promising this time. Microsoft appears to be releasing the new Technical Preview for the following devices:

  • Lumia 1020
  • Lumia 1320
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 520
  • Lumia 525
  • Lumia 526
  • Lumia 530
  • Lumia 530 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 620
  • Lumia 625
  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 630 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 720
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 730 Dual SIM
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 810
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 822
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 928
  • Lumia ICON
  • Microsoft Lumia 430
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

Microsoft has also stated that the above list is not guaranteed, having the company remove devices that would encounter any sort of bug during the final tests.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 Announced for Q3 2014, 801 Expected This Quarter

Qualcomm has revealed three new SoCs during MWC, the new Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615, both featuring the ARMv8 64-bit 28nm processing technology and the third generation LTE modem for 4G connectivity and dual-SIM support. The last, but not least, Snapdragon revealed is the high-end Snapdragon 801 having several enhancements compared to its Snapdragon 800 predecessor.

“One thing that’s going to be a hallmark of our Snapdragon story is that we’re going to be providing Snapdragon solutions that essentially maximise our user experience at every tier so smartphone can prevail,” said Qualcomm EVP Murthy Renduchintala at MWC in Barcelona today.

The main difference between the Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 is the number of cores, having the 610 coming in with dual-core technology and 615 providing quad-core technology. Besides that, both Snapdragon SoCs feature the same Andreno 405 GPU found on the Snapdragon 800, having support for DirectX 11.2 and Open GL ES 3.0, with added support for hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation, which Qualcomm said will provide more detailed, realistic mobile games and user interfaces.

The Snapdragon 801 features higher quality imaging with support for larger, faster camera sensors and improved image post-processing, as well as higher speed SD card memory support and dedicated dual SIM hardware support. As the Snapdragon 800, the Snapdragon 801 includes 4G LTE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity , in addition to a quad-core Krait 400 processor for advanced performance and an Adreno 330 GPU for premium graphics.

“The Snapdragon 801 is a key platform for us, key drivers are to improve user experiences, [include support for] h265 video, supporting more sophisticated camera solutions and dual SIM configurations,” said Renduchintala. “The camera performance is, from a sensor point of view, 45 percent faster, the graphics solutions have been improved by over 28 percent, [with a] 14 percent CPU capability improvement as well as 14 faster memory solutions.” he added.

While the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2014, the Snapdragon 801 is expected to be available in consumer handsets starting this quarter.

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6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra Announced By Sony

Sony has announced yet another phone, the 6-inch T2 Ultra. The screen is in the Xperia Z Ultra range, but it is said to cost less due to it having lower specs than its Z series brother.

It is said to have a 6-inch 720p LCD screen, with a 1.4GHz Quad-Core chipset and 1GB RAM. The chipset hasn’t been specified, but it’s likely to be the Snapdragon 400. There is 8GB internal memory which can be expanded via microSD card. On the back is a 13MP camera with Exmor RS sensor and a 1.1MP camera with Exmor R sensor on the front. The relatively large 3000mAh battery should last a few days under moderate use.

Sony will have the new handset available in two variants, a single SIM and dual SIM version, which will be available in black, white and purple colors. The price has not yet been revealed, but given the specs and the price of the Xperia Z Ultra, it shouldn’t be more than £400.

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Nokia “Moneypenny” Rumored To Be The First Windows Phone Dual SIM Smartphone

The year is about to end, but we still hear about new things even when we cut it this close to New Year’s Eve, and just in time for Christmas too! Nokia is bound to release more smartphones, one of them being the Nokia Moneypenny, first revealed about a month ago. Since the, we haven’t got the foggiest about what the device is, just a codename to stick to it. Well, more information just surfaced thanks to @evleaks.

@evleaks posted a screenshot of the Nokia Moneypenny having dual SIM phone capabilities. This will be the first dual SIM phone running Windows Phone. We can clearly see the two signal bars on top and the two separate Live Tiles for messaging and calls.

Another interesting aspect about this particular phone is the on-screen navigation keys. It was rumoured that Microsoft may allow OEMs to have onscreen keys instead of capacitive buttons, and we may be looking at the first device that incorporates this. The idea is to save costs more than anything else, hence the “Moneypenny” name, which leads us to believe this will be a low to mid ranged phone.

A release date is not clear at the moment, though it is said to target developing markets like India and Pakistan. But I don’t think the rest of the world will miss out on a first Windows Phone dual SIM smartphone as well.

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