Kodak has lifted the veil off their new camera-centric smartphone, the Ektra, after a teaser earlier this month. The Ektra isn’t actually Kodak’s first foray into the smartphone market (the first being the IM5 that was launched back in CES 2015), but perhaps it will make a bigger splash than its predecessor did.
The Ektra is designed by UK phone manufacturer Bullitt (who have previously built the IM5) to make the phone look and feel photographer-friendly. The Ektra sports a 21-Megapixel camera with a Sony IMX230 sensor and an aperture of f/2.0. The phone also features Phase-Detection Autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization and a dual-tone LED flash.
As for the internals, the Kodak Ektra runs on a Helio X20 Processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The phone also has a microSD expansion slot to store all those photos you’ll be taking with the Ektra. A 3,000mAh is also packed under the hood to power the phone’s 5-inch 1080p display.
The Ektra’s camera app has a digital Scene Selection Dial that will allow you to access modes like Macro,Landscape, Sports and of course Manual. Photographs who are used to handling the selection dial on a physical camera should feel right at home. The phone also has a slew of image-editing features. Film grains can be added to videos to give it a vintage look that’s making a comeback in recent days.
The Kodak Ektra goes on sale in the UK and Europe for £449 (RM2,300) this December. As it is a niche product, Bullitt says it will bring the Ektra to international markets if enough interest is garnered.