Timex / Sinclair, 1982 (unreleased)
Spectrum arrived on American shores via a circuitous
path of development. Originally Timex had intended to repeat
what it had done for the TS
1000 - rebadge a British machine. The first version
of the US Spectrum, the TS
2000, was envisaged as a UK 16K Spectrum in a Timex-badged
black and silver box, as shown in the concept image above.
At the end of 1982, a prototype of the TS 2000 was displayed
at a Timex user meeting in 1982.
However, the machine itself
was never released - instead, the case was reused to house
an upgraded TS 1000 (the TS
1500) and the Spectrum firmware itself was developed
further and eventually released as the TS
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