Kodak launches photography-centric Android handset --- Ektra

Kodak launches photography-centric Android handset --- Ektra

On Thursday, camera manufacturer announced the launch of a new, photography-centric Android-powered smartphone --- the Kodak Ektra.

The Ektra smartphone, chiefly targeted at mobile photography buffs, will become available for purchase in Europe in December 2016, and will be priced at _499/£449. Kodak plans to launch the handset in the US as well -- probably in spring 2017 -- depending on market demand.

The Kodak Ektra handset has been built by Bullitt, which has previously manufactured the CAT S60 Android smartphone. The 9.69mm thick Ektra handset is encased in leather, glass and metal materials; with the artificial "leatherette" back of the device having a somewhat curved grip on one side and a dedicated shutter button on top.

The Ektra handset, which looks and feels like a camera, comes with a huge circular camera lens protruding from the back, housing a 21-megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor under the chassis. The camera boasts an f/2.0 lens, 6-axis optical image stabilization, phase detect autofocus with HDR support, and 4K video recording. The handset also comes with a 13-megapixel camera up front, with an f/2.2 lens.

Other than the cameras, some of the notable features of the Kodak Ektra handset include a 5-inch full HD display, MediaTek Helio X-20 processor, 3GB of RAM, a quick charging 3,000 mAh battery, and 32GB of onboard storage capacity, microSD card support for 128GB cards. The smartphone runs near-stock Android 6.0 'Marshmallow' operating system.



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