The NMS-801 was one of the last MSX machine made by Philips. This economical computer was a true MSX machine. The official MSX logo was although replaced on the case by the "MSX Compatible" mark because the MSX standard required a cartridge slot, which the NMS-801 had not.
The NMS-801 was only sold in Italy where it wasn't very successful because of its poor expansion capabilities. However, Philips used the same case, CPU and video chip to produce the NMS-3000 and 4000, two video terminals dedicated to the Italian Videotel network, a precursor to the Internet which enabled each Italian family to access large databases as well as sending messages to one another.
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BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Microsoft Extended Basic (MSX Basic V1.0)
720 keys, with 5 Function keys and 4 arrow keys
Zilog Z80A, ST-Microelectronics version
32 KB BASIC/BIOS ( MSX BASIC V1.0)
Mode 0 : 40 x 24 - Mode 1 : 32 x 24
256 x 192 or 64 x 48 dots - 32 sprites
3 channels, 8 octaves + white noise
RGB output to TV SCART plug, composite monochrome, 2 x joystick, Tape recorder