CES 2015: Here’s the IM5, Kodak’s first Android smartphone

Yes, it’s an actual smartphone and not just a camera running Android
Here’s to the IM5, Kodak’s first Android smartphone

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we say Kodak? If it’s one of those old (by tech age) cameras, you’ll soon need to change your perception of the company.

Kodak’s taken the wraps off its first Android smartphone, the IM5. And the unit’s not just any ordinary camera with some smartphone features – instead, it’s an actual smartphone with camera features.

Even though the Kodak IM5 comes fitted with mostly mid-range innards, its camera features “unique image management software”, which is probably what you would have expected from a company known for its imaging.

The 5in handset comes with a whopping 13MP rear camera with LED flash, as well as a 5MP front snapper for those of you that want some image quality in your selfies. Also included will be an app that lets you immediately edit your pics, share them on social media, or print them directly on your home printer.  

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Feature-packed

Here’s to the IM5, Kodak’s first Android smartphone

In addition, it has a 720p touchscreen, 8GB of built-in storage, 1GB of RAM, as well as microSD card support.

The device comes out of the box running on Android 4.4 KitKat, which will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop at a later date (a clear timeline for that is yet to be given) and an unnamed 1.7 GHz octa-core processor.

Whether Kodak reigns in the smartphone war or not is yet to be determined (since the unit’s not even hit retail yet) but it seems to have garnered some attention, which is a good start for the brand.

You can expect the IM5 in Europe sometime in March, with global rollout following that launch. It will cost €229, which comes up to about RM974 – pretty affordable for such a flagship device we think.

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[Source: GSM Arena, images: CNET