Kodak’s first Android smartphone is officially disappointing
As expected, Kodak has announced its first smartphone at CES. Called the Kodak IM5, it is made by Bullitt, a Chinese phone manufacturer that makes handsets for other companies. For the IM5, Kodak is catering for those users who like taking pictures and prefer a simplified user interface.
When Kodak first announced that its plans to launch an Android smartphone, we had hopes that it would utilize its camera specialization and offer an incredible set of sensors on its device, however, to our dismay, that isn’t something the phone comes with.
The IM5 packs in a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie snapper, a set of sensors that is rather common on mid-range handsets these days. The company says that with its handset, it intends to give people a mobile phone that is capable of quickly taking and sharing pictures, and offer a simplified user interface.
That said, the IM5 is still photo-focused at its core. There is a slideshow of images on the lockscreen, and one-click option to print your photos from the homescreen. The handset also comes with a built-in remote access feature which lets one access the phone easily from the computer.
On the specifications front, it has a 5-inch 720p IPS display. It is powered an octa-core 1.7GHz MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. Weighing just 120 grams, the dual-SIM capable phone comes with matte black finish and chrome band around the edges.
The handset’s design resembles to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, and it is fairly light. Running on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update is coming later this year), the Kodak IM5 costs $249 and will be available for purchase in first quarter this year in Europe. Kodak hasn’t mentioned if it has any plans to make the handset outside of Europe.