Tangerine announces the Oric-1
1st September 1982
Tangerine Computer Systems announced the Oric-1 in the August/September 1982 edition of the Tansoft Gazette, their marketing magazine. The machine began shipping in January 1983 with a launch price of £129.
Tangerine used the name Oric for a range of 8-bit home microcomputers. The Oric-1 came in 16K and 48K forms, and was a competitor to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
During 1983, the Oric-1 sold over 160,000 units in the UK. Unlike the Spectrum, the Oric was based on the 6502 CPU, rather than the Spectrum's Z80.
Although the Oric-1 sold well, bugs were discovered in the ROM, and the Oric-1 was soon replaced by the Oric Atmos.