Looks like the rebirth of the Commodore 64 is getting closer to reality, as Commodore USA recently uploaded a batch of new images showing "some quick prototype shots." The company noted that the plastic, color and overall finish seen in the photos are not representations of the final product, but served up only to show the keyboard-based PC's progression.
The company officially announced the C64 device "reboot" back in August 2010 with a planned release date of Q4 2010, but so far the keyboard PC still remains in development. When launched, it's expected to offer an Intel Atom 525 CPU with Nvidia Ion2 graphics, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a 1 TB HDD, HDMI output, a DVD/CD optical drive (Blu-ray optional), dual-link DVI, six USB ports, integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 6-in-1 media card reader.
Naturally the final product is expected to resemble the classic C64 keyboard PC released back in the 1980s. However there will be obvious differences due to what's "under the hood," or in this case, what's under the keys. On the back, the device will sport an I/O interface consisting of USB, Ethernet, HDMI, sound jacks and other ports in addition to the exhaust fan. The left side will house the optical drive and the right side will offer additional USB ports and the 6-in-1 reader.
For now there's no set release date or price listed on the official website. In fact, Commodore USA hasn't even listed retailers on its online shop that will eventually stock the device. However the Commodore USA Facebook and Twitter pages suggest that its Commodore machines will actually go on sale tomorrow, April 5 in conjunction with the release of Disney's Tron Legacy DVD. This more than likely includes both the Commodore 64 and the sleeker Commodore Phoenix.
For the moment, Commodore USA hasn't released an official announcement, so pricing is still unknown. Stay tuned and we'll post any additional information about the keyboard PC's release here. In the meantime, check out the batch of prototype photos by heading here.