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While in the American continent the Commodore 64 was the leading computer of the market and no computer could achieve same levels of sales; in the UK despite the popularity of the aforementioned computer, the Spectrum ZX was its main competitor. It was an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. It had eight different models, ranging from the entry level model with 16 KB RAM released in 1982 to the ZX Spectrum +3 with 128 KB RAM and built in floppy disk drive in 1987. It came with a Z80 3.5 MHz microprocessor and 16 KB, 48 KB or 128 KB according to the model. It had a palette of 15 colors, seven colours at two levels of brightness each plus black, and an image resolution of 256×192. Sound output is through a beeper on the machine itself with the capacity of producing one channel with 10 octaves. The Spectrum is considered as the computer that introduced United Kingdom's IT industry.

Most early millennials remember having played with either the Commodore 64 or Spectrum thanks to the huge number of game titles released for both. A whole market related to them grew during the decade with over 10,000 game titles, game magazines and even entertainment books dedicated to both computers.

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