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Kodak returns with a smartphone the interface simplifies, but without the photo hope

The first Kodak smartphone finally arrives in Europe

As expected, Kodak has made a comeback at CES in Las Vegas. We expected it on several products including a smartphone. Well, here it is. This is the model IM5.

But while we hoped to see Kodak put the package on the photo part, we will have to settle for two photo sensors 5 and 13 Megapixels accompanied by a suite of homemade tools to edit, share and print his shots, which many competitors already offer. Too bad for a big name in the photo.

Kodak IM5 The Kodak IM5 smartphone (click to enlarge)

The rest of the technique is nothing extraordinary either, since there is a processor octocore 1.7 GHz supplied by MediaTek, 1 GB RAM, screen 5 inches in 720p and a flash memory 8 GB expandable by MicroSD. Classic for today's mid-range, and therefore nothing differentiating for an actor who arrives on an already crowded market.

The on-board operating system is Android 4.4 KitKat, but an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop is on the program. Some will note the house overlay which provides a simplified interface for beginners on Android.

Kodak IM5 interface Kodak's IM5 simplified interface (Androidics credit; click to enlarge)

Availability is planned end of March in Europe and elsewhere thereafter. We announce a price of 229 euros, excluding operator subsidy.