Kodak has unveiled its first Android smartphone, the IM5. The company already announced its intention of entering the mobile industry before, and it chose CES 2015 to do it.
Honestly, I was a bit disappointed when I saw the specs. I was under the impression that the company will come out with a compelling camera phone. Instead, the IM5 comes with decidedly mid range specs. It’s powered by an unidentified 1.7GHz octa-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (+microSD up to 32GB).
As for the main camera, the IM5 uses a 13MP sensor with auto focus and a unique image management software that, at the touch of a button, lets users quickly edit photographs and either display them on the device, share on social media or print using a customized app compatible with home printers as well as future printing and sharing services.
The IM5 also uses a custom built user interface designed for easy access to most used functions such as messaging, calling and taking photos. Other features include remote management software, a dedicated app store with hand-picked selection of apps, and options for printing and sharing photos.
The Kodak IM5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with promise of upgrade to Lollipop. Not much information was released about the phone other than what was mentioned. It will be available in black and white, and will first launch in Europe for $249 (around Php11,400) starting end of Q1 2015, with other regions to follow after.
Kodak’s joining the mobile bandwagon? I sure do hope they can really “compete” with the emerging mobile market.
I hope so too. But the odds are against them..