Right before CES 2015, Kodak was already rumored to unveil a new handset powered by Android and indeed the imaging camera just announced the new IM5 Android device for the emerging markets. Let’s face it, we’ve had so much hope about the company’s new venture with our expectations so high until Kodak finally revealed the new IM5 that made many of us were rather disappointed not only about the looks of the handset but also the technology lodged inside the device.
What was once believed to be an imaging-centric handset considering that it was stamped with the name of world’s former imaging king has blown off our expectations and if you believed the IM5 would favor teens and youngsters alike then you’re maybe wrong. It seems that Kodak is still wishing for a spark from its former customers now mostly senior citizens by providing them a handset that would work easily and works more favorable for our folks without getting involved with the complicated inner workings of a smartphone. The IM5 is designed and dedicated for older people by having the familiar and interface with large icons which are easy to recognize.
Looking at the handset, it’s basically a mid-tier device that you’ll think for an instant that it looks more like a Chinese knock-off product until you flip over the device which has the Kodak name stamped on the back. Internally, the handset is powered by a 1.7 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek processor with 1 GB of RAM, it also comes with 8 GB internal storage built-in with micro-SD slot supporting of up to 32 GB in capacity. The handset comes with a fairly basic 5-inch display with 720p resolutions which doesn’t hold a chance with most gadgets from other manufacturers but it should perform just enough to cater its needs.
On the camera department however, the IM5 comes with a 5 Megapixel shooter on the front which should be more than enough for video calls and for everyone who likes to take a selfie. On the back is the more powerful 13 Megapixel camera coupled with LED flash for better shots in low light conditions. Kodak alleviated its shortcomings by providing a dedicated software to quickly edit, share and even print photos directly from the handset to a compatible printer.
The handset is set to launch in Europe by march with a price tag of €229 then followed by a global roll out.
[ Kodak IM5 ]
5.0-inch 720p display
1.7 GHz Octa-core MediaTek processor
1 GB RAM
8 GB internal storage
32 GB maximum micro-SD capacity support
13 Megapixel main camera | LED flash
5 Megapixel front camera
2G | 3G network support
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Price : 299.00 euros