Kodak Holds on to Its Smartphone Experiments with Ektra

October 21, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Kodak’s IM5 smartphone was a big gamble from the once renowned company in pushing their name to the center. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off for the American company who were the masters of the film-photography era. Yet, they are not giving it up.

The company is now revamping its smartphone lineup with its second addition, called the Ektra. Coming from Kodak, you can certainly expect a camera-focused device put on table, for which you won’t be wrong.

The Ektra smartphone from Kodak puts camera on the center of its focus, bringing out even a design that resembles its classic rangefinder from the 40s after which the smartphone has been named. A quick glance will also make it appear like a camera rather than a smartphone with its leatherette rear wrapping and the curved side grips. It also packs a shutter button on top, something which you won’t be accustomed to in the modern-age smartphones.


Beneath the bumpy camera is a 21MP Sony sensor that is accompanied by a host of software boosts to deliver advanced photography in your smartphone device. Ektra’s camera association has been endeavored by Billit, which has brought in some quirky rejigs like chugging in Snapchat as the default photo-editing app, and a 13MP front-facing sensor with Phase Detection Auto Focus.

Unlike the IM5, which was an entry-level smartphone, Ektra is pitched to serve a higher category. Inside the device is a MediaTek Helio X20 processor that boasts deca-core processing features. Supporting the mighty processor is a RAM of 3GB, and storage of 32GB. The latter is expandable up to 128 GB. The 5-inch device packs a Full HD resolution, and acting as the source of the power for all these is a 3000mAh battery.

Kodak Ektra will be loaded with Android Marshmallow OS onboard, and there’s no word on whether the device will be receiving the Android Nougat update soon. Launched initially in UK for £449 ($550), the smartphone will be initially available only for Europe.

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