Kodak Ektra coming to the US in April for $549


Kodak's new entry in the smartphone market, the Ektra was launched in European countries in December, but we've just learned the device will be introduced in North America as well.

The company announced Kodak Ektra will be available for pre-order in the United States and Canada in April for $549. Kodak also confirmed the smartphone will be optimized to work on GSM networks including AT&T and T-Mobile.

As some of you might already know, the the heart of the Kodak Ektra is a 21-megapixel camera that features f/2.0 aperture, OIS (optical image stabilization), dual-LED flash and fast focus. In the front, the smartphone packs a 13-megapixel secondary camera with PDAF (phased detection autofocus) and f/2.2 aperture.

Among the many advanced features of the main camera, Kodak mentions the SLR-style Scene Selection Dial, which allows users to make adjustments in real time using a wide range of settings such as HDR, landscape, portrait, macro, sport, nigh-time, panorama and bokeh.

The camera also features Smart Auto mode, which auto-selects optimized conditions for photos. Pro photographers can switch to Manual mode that allows them to mingle with even more advanced features like exposure, ISO, focus, white balance and shutter speed.

Kodak Ektra runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and packs a 2.3GHz deca-core Helio X20 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB expandable memory. The Ektra is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery with USB 3.0 Type-C fast charger.

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7 Comments

1. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

This phone looks nice

2. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Big lens ring slapped on the back, small sensor, uncertain software update map and far from decent software optimasation. Good luck. In the era of point and shoot smartphones already diminishing small cameras sector.There is virtually hardly any real life advantage this camera-phone has over best in class smartphone. Whoever hold Kodak patent and build this phone has done little research whether this device be successful. Even photography community realised it's marketing experiment at best ,cheaky try. Sadly this gadget looks really nice but that's where it all ends.

4. Humphrey.One

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

I agree. I don't really get how does the wide camera bump around the sensor help it any better than a regular 0.5cm wide eye. Also the bump on the back of the chin looks too small to actually improve the grip and such bumps are needed in heavier cameras because you need a good grip to hold a weighty device. This one here is a 180g phone, tops. So while I doubt the bump improves the grip I can certainly say it adds weight and is a pain in the pocket. Also, it doesn't really say who manufactures the actual sensor and whether there's any input from Kodak in that sensor's design. It could very well be just another Sony sensor making the useless bumps and some additional software the only distinctive things about this device. Plus, I haven't seen a phone without Scene Selection Dial in its camera app. Smart Auto mode is usually called Just An Auto mode - that also everyone has. Manual mode is increasingly more popular - I mean it's been increasingly more popular for quite a while, so it's also nothing rare. You can have it in a 4 years old lumia. 3000mAh doesn't help either - try recording something or taking pics for a few hours with a phone and it'll die rather quickly. And selecting Mediatek over Qualcomm won't help them advertise this even if they solder the fanciest flagship in Mediatek's portfolio. Even if it performs better than the newest flagship Snapdragon, it still lacks the reputation and complicates their campaign.

7. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I think design solely and name will lure people to buy this device. That large ring that gives impression if large lens must be as decent as on the decent point and shoot camera. Grip mimic will associate with real camera, even texture on the back of the phone alone suggest it smells , looks and feels reliable. Nice one :) I agree this will hardly appeal to people like you, me and any other person who can question things . By now we saw trends like slapping legendary name on the smartphone like Leica ( I own Huawei P9), Kodak this time which is far from real thing because no one knows or wants to disclose how far collaboration went between two OEM and the brand, only loud and fashionable statements that reveals very little about actual thing. For some reason I don't see any future for a "hybrid" device like this because it pretends to be something it isn't and is confusing. If one can bring best out of camera and incorporate into a smartphone that will only bring success. Asus tried, Samsung tried to be hybrids that didn't work, it was unpocketable. I agree bring on bigger battery 3000 is not enough, OEM able to squeeze 3500, 4000 with reasonable hardware size. I think they try to play safe here by downgrading to MT chip, they are also opportunist, naive one's :) There are already hands-on reviews . Guess how did it go ? :)

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

You've failed to keep up with the times, Kodak. Good luck.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Wow, so many reviewers here that know all about this phone's capabilities.

6. cambotodd

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

I have had the phone for three weeks now. Its very nice to use and the pic quality is great.very nice to hold and well built too.the photo editing software is excellent

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