Kodak New Smartphone Is Ektra, That Is Designed For Photographers

Posted on Oct 29 2016 - 5:00pm by Chris Tomaino

Kodak is hoping for a revival with the launch of Kodak Ektra, a smartphone named after its iconic 1940s rangefinder Ektra camera. It launches in December in the Europe and UK for a substantial £450—far more than the company’s debut smartphone the Kodak IM5, that launched at a more wallet-friendly £230 last year.

Kodak Ektra Design:

The industrial weight and design of the camera are both reminiscent of point-and-shoot cameras, and on the horizontal edge is a dual-press shutter button for holding the smartphone like a traditional camera.

Kodak Ektra

Kodak Smartphone

On the back of the phone is a large touchscreen with a digital interface that features a DSLR-style dial, part of what Kodak calls ‘a tactile camera experience.’ The dial allows you to shoot with the manual settings, adjusting shutter speed and ISO.

Kodak Ektra Features:

Underneath the Ektra’s leather exterior is a blend of the mid-range and high-end components. The phone is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor and 3 gigabyte of RAM. It comes with 32 gigabyte of internal storage, which you can supplement with a MicroSD card up to 128 gigabyte, and a 3000mAh battery that supports ‘Pump Express’ quick charging. Up top you will be poking at a 5inch, 1080 pixel display and a mostly stock version of Android, save for the aforementioned Kodak apps. You will get 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box — no word on 7.0 Nougat, although Bullitt has promised to keep up with Google’s regular security updates.

Kodak Ektra Specs:

Display 5-inch
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Processor 2.3GHz
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Rear Camera 21-megapixel
Front Camera 13-megapixel
Battery capacity 3000mAh

Kodak Ektra Price:

Kodak’s second smartphone will launch in the Europe for £449/€499 this December. The company has ‘no plans’ to release the device in the US. Although a spokesperson said it’ll be monitoring market demand and ‘reacting accordingly.’