When it launched its photo-centric Ektra in Europe last year, Kodak said that it’d bring the device to North America if there was enough consumer interest. Apparently there was, because Kodak today confirmed the Ektra’s US launch info.
The Kodak Ektra will be available for pre-order in the US and Canada in April. Pricing will be set at $549.
As you might expect from a device with the Kodak branding, the Ektra focuses on photography. It’s got a 21-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, and dual LED flash. On the software side, there’s a scene selection dial as well as an Advanced Manual Mode that’ll let you adjust things like exposure, ISO, focal length, white balance, and shutter speed.
Other camera features of the Kodak Ektra include a Super 8 video recording app that includes effects reminiscent of Kodak’s Super 8 film, a high-quality printing app, and a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus.
The Kodak Ektra runs Android 6.0 Marhsmallow on a 5-inch 1920x1080 display. It’s got a MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor inside its shell along with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 3,000mAh battery that’s recharged over USB Type-C.
Considering its price and spec list, the Kodak Ektra will likely appeal most to folks that are really into mobile photography and those that have an affinity for the Kodak brand. That said, it’s great to see that Kodak is planning to offer the Ektra in US and Canada, making it easy for the people in North America that are looking for a camera-centric smartphone to purchase.