Kodak which has filed for filed for bankruptcy four years ago is now back with an android smartphone Ektra. Kodak has teamed up with Bullitt, a Reading-based manufacturer that specialises in building unconventional handsets, to release the Ektra, a premium phone to go on sale this year.
It hopes to create good competition for Apple, Samsung and Google as its specifically designed for photography enthusiasts.
The handset will launch in Europe for £449/€499 (around U.S. $547) this December with the possibility of a release in the United States depending on market demand.
Specifications of Kodak Ektra
|SoC||MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797)
2 × Cortex-A72 at 2.3 GHz
4 × Cortex-A53 at 2.0 GHz
4 × Cortex-A53 at 1.4 GHz
ARM Mali T880 MP4 GPU at 780 MHz
|RAM||3 GB LPDDR3|
|Storage||32 GB + up to 128 GB microSD|
|Display||5″ 1920 × 1080 with Corning Gorilla Glass|
LTE: 1/3/7/20 (Cat 4);
|Dimensions||147.8 × 73.35 × 9.69 mm
14.02 at camera lens
|Rear Camera||Sony Exmor RS 21 MP sensor with F2.0, PDAF, OIS and dual-LED flash. The lense is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass.|
|Front Camera||13 MP with F2.2 PDAF|
|Battery||3000 mAh (5V, 2A charger)|
|Sensors||Ambient Light, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor|
|OS||Google Android 6.0 Marsmallow|
|Software||Kodak Camera software
Snapseed app for photo editing
Super 8 app for video
|Connectivity||802.11 ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB-C, 3.5mm for audio, FM Radio|
|Navigation||GPS + GLONASS|
|SIM Size||Nano SIM|
On the software side, Kodak made an effort to bring in a lot of features for its own custom camera app. There’s a Scene Selection Dial which allows users to change photography modes. It looks like a digital version of mode dials found on DSLR cameras. The camera app also has Snapseed integrated into it, allowing users to add filters and make edits right on the app itself.
In addition, the Ektra will have a widget on its home screen with Kodak’s recommended photography apps like VSCO, Prisma and Adobe Lightroom. There’s also Kodak’s Prints app which allows users to order physical prints of their photos.