Smartphones seem to be very popular products these days and everyone wants to make one, even companies that have nothing to do with smartphone industry. Kodak, which is associated mostly with photography and film-making, is no different. The results of the company’s attempt to enter the smartphone world were presented at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas where the very first Kodak Android smartphone went official. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Kodak IM5.
Kodak IM5 Android smartphone
If you think that the Kodak IM5 is a camera with a few smartphone features, you will be disappointed, since the device looks and behaves like a typical mid-range phone. Unsurprisingly, the main selling point of the IM5 is mobile photography, but don’t expect any cutting-edge solutions.
The handset sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and flash, while a respectable 5-megapixel sensor graces the front. To make up for pretty average hardware, Kodak put a little extra effort into camera software. Users will get a special app that will help them quickly edit photos, share them on social media, or directly print.
Camera aside, the Kodak IM5 Android phone has everything you would expect of a smartphone of such class starting with a big 5-inch 720p display. Under the hood is an octa-core 1.7GHz processor, most likely MediaTek MT6592, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. To be honest, it doesn’t offer much storage for a phone aimed at photography enthusiasts, but luckily there is a microSD slot compatible with up to 32GB cards so you shouldn’t run out of space for your photos. The IM5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, but according to manufacturer promises it will receive 5.0 Lollipop update in the future.
We still don’t know exact launch date, but the Kodak IM5 should be available in Europe by the end of March. In the weeks to follow, the phone is slated to go on sale in other regions including the US. The official statement doesn’t mention pricing, but it appears that the device may cost €229 in Europe and $249 when it arrives to the US. The pricing is not confirmed yet, but considering the specs, it should be pretty affordable.