Radiola Jet 27

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Description

Background

Radiola is trademark of the French electronics company Radiotechnique. Half of the company was bought by Philips before the war in 1931 and the other half after the war in 1947. Radiotechnique and therefore also Radiola would become subsidiaries of Philips.

Radiotechnique was a major manufacturer of electronics equipment, radio receivers and television sets under the ‘Radiola’ and ‘Philips’ brands. The first where mainly sold in French, the later in the Netherlands. Although they had largely the same technical specifications, they used the brand awareness and national sentiment of the two brands in their respective home countries. The Radiola sub-brand of the Philips group would finally disappear in 2002.

Appearance and internals

In 1983 Radiola/Radiotechnique received the rights to manufacture and sell the Philips Videopac G7200 for the French market. The Radiola Jet 27 was born. It wasn’t the first gaming console from Radiola. Prior to the introduction of the Jet 27, Radiola had already launched their French equivalent of the popular G7000 under the name Jet 25.

The Radiola Jet 27 is the equivalent of the Philips/Schneider G7200 and similar to the Philips N60. It has the same body as the G7200 but is blue in stead of beige. It share its deep blue colour with the N60 and Schneider G7200. It is striking that on the one hand the Dutch Philips G7200 is only available in beige and on the other hand the French Philips N60, Jet 27 and Schneider G7200 only in blue (although the N60 has a slightly lighter shade of blue than the dark blue – almost black of the Jet 27 and Schneider G7200). This suggests that Philips thought that the deep blue colour would better match the French taste.

Internally the three consoles are all based on the standard Videopac C52/G7000 but have a 9 inch black and white screen. The characteristics are therefore the same. The keyboard is still useless and impractical and just like the G7200 the controllers are very inconvenient located on the bottom-front of the console. However with some creative thought the console remains one of the first ‘hand held’ gaming machines and it therefore deserves its place in gaming history.

Availability

The Radiola Jet 27 is the rarest of the three (G7200, N60, Jet 27) and was quite expensive in its time (because of its screen). It was manufactured by Philips daughter company Radiola in a more limited quantity in comparison with the G7200. These factors make this machine difficult to find.

SPECS
NameJet 27
TypeHome Console /
Hand Held
Lifespan1983
BrandRadiola
Generation2nd
Worth500 euro
Prices1500 ff (+- 370 euro)
Units
RarityExtremely rare
PredecessorJet 25
SuccessorJet 47
Dimensions370 x 410 x 230 cm
Weight5,5 kg
CPUIntell 8048
GPUVideo Display Controller (VDC): Custom Intel IC generating all audio & video
RAM1kb
ConnectionsAntenna
Din (RGB)
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