The first device of that lineup is now official, by way of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kodak officially announced the IM5, an Android-powered smartphone with a big focus on photography (who would have guessed, right?). The main feature of the upcoming device is the 13-megapixel camera on the back, coupled with software specifically built to enhance the interaction with those photos after the fact. Indeed, Kodak says the IM5 features “unique image management software,” which seems to include editing software, more robust options for sharing the images via social media, and even an app specifically built to help print those images via compatible printers.
As teased by Kodak and the Bullitt Group in December, the IM5 is actually meant to be easier to use for most users, too. To that effect, the IM5 features a proprietary app store of sorts called “Apps,” which will automatically curate a selection of applications built on the tastes of the individual using the device. The IM5 will actually also support Google Play services, too, so the full Google Play store will be available as well.
As far as the rest of the device goes, the IM5 features a 5-inch 1920×1080 display, an octa-core processor under the hood clocked at 1.7GHz, a 5-megapixel camera on the front, and 16GB of built-in storage with a microSD card slot for expandable memory. It will also boast 1GB of RAM and run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. However, Kodak says an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming down the line at some point.
The launch of the Kodak IM5 will begin in Europe at the end of the first quarter 2015. After that, with no specific dates mentioned, a global rollout is planned.
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