Widely recognised camera manufacturer Kodak is plying its trade on the smartphone market by the looks of it, after it revealed its IM5 smartphone at CES.
In what’s been the shock story of the show so far, Kodak released the news at the Las Vegas based event, revealing a super-friendly user interface alongside a fairly standard design.
Designed for smartphone newbies, the IM5 isn’t going to be battling it out with the iPhones of the world by a long shot, but it’s definitely looking like a useful addition to the mobile market.
Using its obvious passion for camera technology, the simplistic smartphone also has a good camera focus as well, ensuring that whilst you might be using a soft-core system, you won’t be taking sub-par pictures with it.
Also, to make things as easy as possible, remote access is also enabled on the device, so that if you’re unsure how to set it up, you can ask a more tech savvy family member to do it through their computer.
As we mentioned just, you shouldn’t be expecting flagship specs from the Kodak handset considering its user-friendly nature and this rings true with its internal kit.
Sporting a 5” 1280x720 display you get decent, but not ground breaking quality on the screen which is more than enough for most.
Inside however, you’ll be given access to an octa-core 1.7GHz processor, 1 GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, which can be expanded upon through using a MicroSD card.
Dual-sim capabilities will obviously appeal to many Asian and lower-end markets, whilst the Android 4.4.2 operating system might not be the latest, but does its job as well as ever.
In general, don’t expect the IM5 to blow your socks off with its performance, but for youngsters, pensioners or those who aren’t too tech friendly, the Kodak phone will pack more than enough power.
On the camera front we are given a 13 megapixel rear-based lens on the IM5, whilst a 5 megapixel effort appears on the front side for selfie addicts.
Being a Kodak handset, we find a couple of great camera features including a picture approval process, which lets you review a shot before saving it straight to the memory banks. Also, you can print pictures almost instantly to a compatible printer with the handsets quick print feature.
Launching at the end of Q1, we can realistically expect the Kodak smartphone to be in-stores and online by March, costing approximately £200-£250 sim-free.
Contract deals will obviously vary depending on tariff and network, with monthly prices expected to settle between the £15-£25 mark.
Of course, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with any news surrounding the upcoming Kodak handset, so be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for more information.
Written by Luke Hatfield