When was the first ZX Spectrum Model Released?

The ZX Spectrum 16K/48K (“Issue” 1) was released on April 22, 1982.  Consumers could choose between the version with 16 KB of RAM for £125 and the version with 48 KB for £175. If one owned the 16 KB model, they could upgrade to an internal 32 KB RAM, which consisted of a daughterboard for early “Issue 1” machines. 

What were the basic features of the initial ZX Spectrum?

ZX Spectrum 16K/48K had a dimension of 233x144x30 (mm).  It included features such as

  • Rubber Keyboard
  • Diminutive Size
  • Rainbow Motif
What is the timeline of the Spectrum Model Release?

1982: ZX Spectrum 16K/48K

1984: ZX Spectrum+

1985: ZX Spectrum 128

1986: ZX Spectrum +2

1986/87: ZX Spectrum +2A

1987: ZX Spectrum +3

ZX Spectrum +2B and +3B

1992: Last year of availability

Special Features of the Initial Spectrum computer?

It features audio line in and out, with ear and mic sock and an external tape recorder.  The mic and ear socket could be connected to earphones or amplifier, however, it would not disable the internal speaker.

Special Features of the New ZX Spectrum Recreation?

The New ZX Spectrum Recreation included FREE ‘Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum’ iOS/Android apps, which included

    • Chuckie Egg
    • Sinclair BASIC
    • Game Bundle

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Game and Apps available free of charge through ‘The Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum Online’ web app. It can be used with phones, tablets, Macs/PCs and connected TVs. It has wireless technology, high-speed Bluetooth 3.0 technology, and portability.  It was optimized with ‘Game Mode’ for iOS/Android aps and other games and ‘QWERTY Mode’ for use of full sized keyboard. It supportsApple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku TV.  It also has a screen mirroring option, where the screen of any device you are using (phone, tablet, PC, Mac) can be de displayed on a HDTV. 

New and existing games could be updated in order to be able to be controlled by the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.  It consisted of a library with updated games and apps once the device was launched.

Value of Spectrum Worldwide Gaming Population?

Over 24,000 titles have been released for the Spectrum family by July 2012.  The library included games, programing language implementations, databases, word processors, spreadsheets, drawing and painting tools, and 3D-modeling and archaeology software and other types.

Despite some limitations, the early Spectrum model earned some success as a game platform. These models lacked many features, such as built-in joystick ports, color support optimized for text display, and primitive sound generation.  Needless to say, video game designers needed much creativity to overcome the platform’s limitations.