New players in the Android smartphone game are great, but old players from other industries entering the Android game are even more fun. With BlackBerry about to drop its final Android phone for the year and Nokia hitting the world’s largest mobile operating system in early 2017 it only makes sense that the Kodak Ektra arrives just in time for Christmas.
The bizarre device will go on sale on December 9 in Germany with other markets to follow. In Europe it is priced at €499 and will be available from Media Markt, Saturn, Amazon, Ringfoto, notebooksbilliger.de and kodakphones.com and will be available from Telekom and online on January 16.
The interesting-looking Kodak Ektra specs include a heavy focus on photography, with a 21 MP fast-focus camera with PDAF, OIS, f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash. The front-facing camera also sports PDAF and comes in at 13 MP with an f/2.2 aperture.
A full manual mode, ‘Super 8 VCR’ video filter and scene selection hardware dial complete the picture but the Ektra has an incredibly capable host of competitors already crowding the smartphone photography space.
Other specs include Android Marshmallow out of the box, a deca-core Helio X20 chipset clocked at 2.3 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB ROM with expandable storage, a 3,000 mAh battery with USB Type-C and fast charging. There’s also a fancy retro-styled leather camera bag, I mean, phone case, for €69.99.
What do you think of the Kodak Ektra? Can Kodak compete with the likes of Samsung and Google?