The Kodak Ektra will officially be available for purchase on December 9December 4, 2016 22:17
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, kodakphones.com, and notebooksbilliger.de. 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.