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Iconic Commodore 64 All Set For Comeback

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by Staff Writer
, 06 Apr 2011News

The iconic Commodore 64 computer is getting set for a re-launch in 6 to 9 weeks, with Commodore releasing a set of prototype photos of the retro computer, and already taking pre-orders.

The upcoming Commodore 64 looks exactly like the ancient model which reshaped the home computer sector decades ago, though underneath the bonnet things have been brought well into the 21st century.

Even though the computer refrains from relinquishing its old charm, it will come packed with modern computer hardware. The new Commodore 64 model will contain a mini-ITC motherboard, a dual core Intel 525 Atom processor, DDR3 RAM between 2GB and 4GB and Nvidia Ion2 graphics unit.

Commodore says that the device will run on the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS OS and will come with a DVD drive, with support for Blu-Ray, a multi-format memory card reader and five USB slots. The new Commodore 64 will also come with Wi-Fi support and will come pre-loaded with 3D games and other applications including a Microsoft Office compatible productivity suite.

“The new Commodore 64 can be connected to the latest televisions and monitors, and can deliver 1080p HD quality video playback and six-channel high-definition audio for an excellent home theater experience,” the company explained.

The computer will come with an updated keyboard which makes the same clicking sounds and looks the same though has an improved action and feel.

The company says delivery of the Commodore 64 can be expected in mid May and early June. 

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