Philips NMS 801
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The Philips NMS 801 is a MSX1 computer, bundled with a joystick, data recorder and six tapes with 50 games, aimed at the Italian market. It has the text "MSX Compatible" instead of the MSX logo. The reason for this is likely because the system is not actually MSX compliant due to missing features, such as no cartridge slot or printer connector. We can therefore speak of a hidden MSX!

Text on the systemboard says CELINT(UK) LTD 1989, and some units say Made in Italy. The system is also build without an MSX-Engine. The system is in physical appearance very similar to the Philips Telematico NMS 3000 and 4000, which were Italian Videotel machines.

It's a slightly improved version of the NMS 800 computer, as a RF output has been added at the back. Probably the SCART on the NMS 801 supports composite output, but it is not confirmed. The word COMPUTER on the case is in color on all NMS 801 machines.

As with the NMS 800, the box and computer did not have any label attached with any type indication, instead stickers were supplied with the machine that the user was meant to stick on it (which few obviously ever did). Only the manual has NMS 801 on it, but it was actually a sticker stuck over the NMS 800 text (which may fall off over time).

The joystick has NMS 850 written on the bottom, but the data recorder also has no type indication, except for a label that says 'Made in China'.

The box indicates 'Compatible MSX-DOS', but it's just a lie, as it is impossible to add a disk drive to this computer. Another lie is displayed on the MSX-BASIC screen, announcing 'MSX BASIC version 3.0', while this machine is not a MSX2+.

Brand Philips (Manufacturer: Celint)
Type NMS 801
Year 1989
Region Italy
Original price
RAM 64kB in slot 3
Media cassette tapes
Video Texas Instruments TMS9129NL
Audio PSG (AY-3-8910)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Keyboard layout QWERTY
Extras reset button, joystick, data recorder and 50 games on tape
Emulation ROM dumped and emulated


Philips NMS 801
Philips NMS 801 open box
Philips NMS 801 back
Philips NMS 801 PCB
Philips NMS 801 manual (sticker stuck over the original NMS 800 text)
Philips NMS 801 label sticker meant to be stuck to the unit
Philips NMS 801 box and content
Philips NMS 801 box


The Philips NMS 801 is a MSX1 with a Z80A from SGS (Z8400AB1).

Slot Map

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Page C000h~FFFFh 64kB
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh


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