Commodore puts Gravel in UK pockets

There's still a creaking Commodore gathering dust in the corner of Stuff Towers, too revered to be thrown away. And now, after successfully launching

There's still a creaking Commodore gathering dust in the corner of Stuff Towers, too revered to be thrown away. And now, after successfully launching its range of super-powered gaming PCs, a reborn Commodore is going portable.Sadly it's not a Pocket 64, complete with micro cassette tape deck, but the Gravel, a portable media player with one or two tricks up its sleeve.As well as a 2.8in screen, Gravel gets a nifty rear joystick and side mounted buttons, keeping its size down to a minimum. There's a mere 1 or 2GB on-board but that can be topped up with an SD card – no longer a costly option.It'll play MP3s, WMAs, WMA video and DivX files but its biggest draw, besides the chicken head badge, is its Wi-Fi ability. By hooking up to CommodoreWorld.com it can download tracks, listen in on internet radio or grab video from BBC News headlines and YouTube on the fly.It's already out in Belgium and Holland but Commodore's given us a nod to expect a UK announcement soon. Now we just need the Sinclair ZX Spectrum handheld – with rubber keys, natch.EssentialsCommodore Gravel 1GB, 2GBPrice: £TBA (€200, €220 in Belgium and Holland)On sale: TBA (now in Blegium and Holland)Contact: Commodore GravelRelated stories:Reviewed: Commodore XXGadget of the Day – Commodore Gaming PCBest of CeBIT 2007