The Kodak Ektra will officially be available for purchase on December 9

The Kodak Ektra will officially be available for purchase on December 9
Nowadays, it seems like smartphones are trying to be the best at virtually everything - the best gaming device, the best web browser, the best MP3 player, the best fitness tracker, etc. Among all of this, the camera seems to be one area that phone manufacturers are constantly working on improving. Whether it be with dual-sensor setups, improved OIS, laser auto-focus, etc., tons of time and attention are being put into the cameras of our smartphones.

Kodak used to be one of the biggest names in the photography world, and the company announced an all-new smartphone back in October by the name of the Kodak Ektra. The name comes from Kodak's memorable rangefinder from all the way back in the mid-twentieth century, and as your'd expect, the Ektra is a smartphone with a tremendous amount of emphasis put towards its camera experience. It certainly is one of the most interesting-looking handsets we've seen this year, and Kodak has just announced that it will officially go on sale starting on December 9th.

Germany will be the first country to get the phone, and other countries are set to follow after it. The European price is currently est at €499 ($531.97 USD), and it will initially be available for purchase through Amazon, Media Markt, Ringfoto, Saturn,, and Following this, the Ektra will be on sale through Telekom on January 16, 2017.

In regards to some of the actual camera specs the Kodak Ektra is packing, we're met with a 21-megapixel sensor with PDAF, OIS, f/2.0 aperture, and a dual LED flash to light up your surroundings while shooting in low-light situations. 4K video recording is also possible with the rear lens, and, as you'd expect, full manual options are also available when taking photos. Kodak isn't messing around with the front-facing shooter either, as the one on the Ektra features a 13MP sensor with PDAF as well.

Rounding out the rest of the specs list is a deca-core Helio X20 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32B of expandable storage, a 3,000 mAh battery, USB Type-C, and Android Marshmallow. The Kodak Ektra is definitely a niche smartphone, but for photography nuts, it just might prove to be one of the best cameras on a smartphone that we've seen yet.

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1. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

I was really considering this phone until i saw the "meh" specs. I wouldve paid more. Best luck to kodak

2. Pabliell

Posts: 185; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

You can check the Panasonic Lumix CM1, with its 1" sensor and a little old, but still capable Snapdragon 801.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Kodak is still kicking? Interesting, been a while since I saw anything from them...last thing I remember is their ancient camera rolls/films...

4. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

There must be an oversized sensor or optical zoom judging from the camera hump. No info on that?

5. johnh3

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

There are some Polaroid smartphones to, and a Commodore one (the old computer brand) Seems like its popular to slab dead brands on smartphones for some reason?

7. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Marketing most likely. Polaroid/ Commodore most likely just put their names on it, so the device will be from a known brand, however, based on the camera I'd say that this is actually a Kodak device, and not just their name.

6. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Im guessing optical zoom. 21mp f2.0 seems very common imx230 sensor. The camera hump must be for a reason. Or just a pathetic design choice for a mid range cam. Lol.

8. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

If you work on CDMA 800 MHz network, Okay, you’re welcome, otherwise, bye-bye forever, Mister Kodak Ektra! Because, I am a subscriber of both Perfectum and UMS in Uzbekistan. Perfectum is CDMA 800 MHz, like Verizon Wireless, Sprint and US cellular. UMS is GSM 900/1800 MHz, like AT&T and T-Mobile.

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