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Commodore is back with a smartphone

Commodore is back with a smartphone
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Say "Commodore 64" to any techie and you'll be instantly swept away in a wave of nostalgic reminiscences. I personally spent many happy hours playing 8-bit games on one at my friend's house, although the World Championship Boxing game drove us nuts.

If you never encountered a Commodore 64, it was one of the first affordable home computers in the mid-'80s. It holds the Guinness world record for the biggest-selling computer ever at 17 million units.

Unfortunately, the company went bankrupt in 1994, and despite a few efforts over the years to revive it, most recently in 2010 with the C64x all-in-one PC, none has succeeded. Still, someone else is giving it another shot.

Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini have founded Commodore Business Machines Limited over in the U.K. to make a Commodore smartphone. Can a smartphone succeed where PCs have failed?

Next page: What makes the Commodore smartphone special?
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